Hollywood’s Version of Godzilla to Get a Sequel

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As I recall, Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Hollywood version of “Godzilla” made plenty of dough, but it suffered heavily from bad critical reviews and fan backlash, and the misguided consensus was that the film was a flop. It wasn’t, actually. The film was made for $130 million, and grossed over $379 million worldwide. Even if you added in a hefty advertising cost in 1998 dollars, the film would still come out on top. Someone apparently has looked at the box office numbers, which may explain why a sequel to Emmerich’s “Godzilla” is now being given new life over at Legendary Pictures.

According to Bloody-Disgusting, Legendary Pictures (“300″) is keen to do a sequel to Emmerich’s Hollywood-ized version of the iconic Japanese monster that starred Matthew Broderick and featured a Godzilla that didn’t really look like Godzilla, which may have been why fans of the building-flattening monster balked in the first place.

Also according to BD, Emmerich has publicly stated that he has no interests in doing a sequel, probably because he has figured out other, more fun ways to destroy the planet besides watching a giant, slow-moving reptile do the deed.

Besides Emmerich and partner Dean Devlin, 1998’s “Godzilla” also featured a script from the writing duo Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who would go on to write “The Mask of Zorro”, “Shrek”, and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, among many others.

Monster fans everywhere cried foul when 1998's Godzilla showed his unGodzilla-like face.

Monster fans everywhere cried foul when 1998's Godzilla showed his unGodzilla-like face.

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  • whatever

    If you like the American Godzilla more than the real one, then you must also like the American Goku.

  • whatever

    If you like the American Godzilla more than the real one, then you must also like the American Goku.

    • Dedpool

      NOPE!!! Not at all. Only thing they did right in that film was the Kamehameha effects. And yes I know he flew at Piccolo, and Goku never did that in the show but GOHAN did against Bojack in movie 7 I think it was.

  • Nicholas

    Actually. The US Godzilla Is much, much better than any of the Japanese incarnations (except, perhaps, than the first ORIGINAL movie)
    I liked the design, the silly plot, and although this is personal taste by all means, I enjoyed the cheesy lines and the bad casting. All in all it was a great pop-corn/event movie and I would like very much to see a sequel to it.
    PS: I don’t like Goku or whatever its name is… (you’re talking about that drgonball thing right?) Not the Japanese one and not the US one… Thats EXACTLY what the problem is with Japanese movies and franchises. Too much of everything, special powers, moves and all sorts of stupid silly things..

  • Nicholas

    Actually. The US Godzilla Is much, much better than any of the Japanese incarnations (except, perhaps, than the first ORIGINAL movie)
    I liked the design, the silly plot, and although this is personal taste by all means, I enjoyed the cheesy lines and the bad casting. All in all it was a great pop-corn/event movie and I would like very much to see a sequel to it.
    PS: I don’t like Goku or whatever its name is… (you’re talking about that drgonball thing right?) Not the Japanese one and not the US one… Thats EXACTLY what the problem is with Japanese movies and franchises. Too much of everything, special powers, moves and all sorts of stupid silly things..

  • Nicholas

    Actually. The US Godzilla Is much, much better than any of the Japanese incarnations (except, perhaps, than the first ORIGINAL movie)
    I liked the design, the silly plot, and although this is personal taste by all means, I enjoyed the cheesy lines and the bad casting. All in all it was a great pop-corn/event movie and I would like very much to see a sequel to it.
    PS: I don’t like Goku or whatever its name is… (you’re talking about that drgonball thing right?) Not the Japanese one and not the US one… Thats EXACTLY what the problem is with Japanese movies and franchises. Too much of everything, special powers, moves and all sorts of stupid silly things..

  • Asasid

    I want to see these Godzilla to stomp once more but in a trilogy with more monsters, machines and aliens like the animated series was…
    the potencial in new creatures was imence, they could have made milions in short time if they would have guts to invest money,heart and soul.

    • Asasid

      and give the crauters the powers of nature, godzilla could breath fire like a dragon, because its bioogicaly posible if you youse the facts in the right way.;)

    • Asasid

      and give the crauters the powers of nature, godzilla could breath fire like a dragon, because its bioogicaly posible if you youse the facts in the right way.;)

  • Asasid

    I want to see these Godzilla to stomp once more but in a trilogy with more monsters, machines and aliens like the animated series was…
    the potencial in new creatures was imence, they could have made milions in short time if they would have guts to invest money,heart and soul.

  • Asasid

    I want to see these Godzilla to stomp once more but in a trilogy with more monsters, machines and aliens like the animated series was…
    the potencial in new creatures was imence, they could have made milions in short time if they would have guts to invest money,heart and soul.

    • Asasid

      and give the crauters the powers of nature, godzilla could breath fire like a dragon, because its bioogicaly posible if you youse the facts in the right way.;)

  • Asasid

    and it could have higher regenaration powers then the 1st one.
    For a remake they could make it fght 2 rival monsters…or one rival could be a machine…or something in this matter.
    They could make him also fight an alien creature or a prehistoric “god” creature that awekened.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      If they base it off the animated series then the last living offspring was a sterile mutant, that was able to breathe atomic fire. Even if they don’t they can use that same idea. I like the idea of the mecha godzilla homage. As long as they make it more like the cartoon. I’m good.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      If they base it off the animated series then the last living offspring was a sterile mutant, that was able to breathe atomic fire. Even if they don’t they can use that same idea. I like the idea of the mecha godzilla homage. As long as they make it more like the cartoon. I’m good.

  • Asasid

    and it could have higher regenaration powers then the 1st one.
    For a remake they could make it fght 2 rival monsters…or one rival could be a machine…or something in this matter.
    They could make him also fight an alien creature or a prehistoric “god” creature that awekened.