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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  • 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.

    • Dedpool

      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.

  • Larry Saini

    All of you who prefer the Zilla over Godzilla only prove one thing you are NOT Godzilla fans. Any true Toho fan of Godzilla would be offended by your remarks. Toho had to apologize to its audience for letting Sony to do that movie. It has confirmed by Toho that Zilla since it looks nothing like Godzilla must be its own creature. Since Godzilla is the King of Monsters, so any overgrown iguana can not be called Godzilla. Legendary Pictures is going to remake the Japanese Godzilla.

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

      Never said I prefer it OVER the original, just said I didn’t think it was as horrible as everyone else thought. Zilla being it’s own creature is EXACTLY what I THOUGHT in the first place. I never for once had Zilla=Godzilla. Sorry. I’d love to see a seriously badass modern take on Godzilla. WITH CGI not a dude in a rubber suit. Sorry!! It can look like old school Godzilla just amped up,

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

      Never said I prefer it OVER the original, just said I didn’t think it was as horrible as everyone else thought. Zilla being it’s own creature is EXACTLY what I THOUGHT in the first place. I never for once had Zilla=Godzilla. Sorry. I’d love to see a seriously badass modern take on Godzilla. WITH CGI not a dude in a rubber suit. Sorry!! It can look like old school Godzilla just amped up,

    • Anthony

      Thats extremely narrow minded to say. Just because I like Zilla doesn’t mean I don’t like Godzilla. I like Zilla because it’s good in its own way. If Toho made a new Godzilla movie it would probably go along the lines of something like Zilla. Besides I would love to see a sequel to this movie as it would probably be even better.

      • Felix

        testify.

  • Larry Saini

    All of you who prefer the Zilla over Godzilla only prove one thing you are NOT Godzilla fans. Any true Toho fan of Godzilla would be offended by your remarks. Toho had to apologize to its audience for letting Sony to do that movie. It has confirmed by Toho that Zilla since it looks nothing like Godzilla must be its own creature. Since Godzilla is the King of Monsters, so any overgrown iguana can not be called Godzilla. Legendary Pictures is going to remake the Japanese Godzilla.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com Dedpool

      Never said I prefer it OVER the original, just said I didn’t think it was as horrible as everyone else thought. Zilla being it’s own creature is EXACTLY what I THOUGHT in the first place. I never for once had Zilla=Godzilla. Sorry. I’d love to see a seriously badass modern take on Godzilla. WITH CGI not a dude in a rubber suit. Sorry!! It can look like old school Godzilla just amped up,

  • Joseph Savitski

    Aside from Godzilla: Final Wars, I doubt you’ll ever see Zilla again. Sony had the rights revert back to Toho in 2003, and Legendary is going with the more traditional look (as seen in concept art on the 2010 San Diego Comicon t-shirts). There was a script by Tab Murphy that Sony was going to make in 2001, that had the baby Zilla grow up and defend NYC from a giant mutant insect, but the 9/11 attacks caused Sony to rethink the sequel. They were going to try a different city or country, but it was decided to scrap a film about a city being devestated b/c it was just too soon after the tragic events. There is a Taco Bell commercial that aired featuring Zilla you can download off YouTube.

  • felix

    zilla is awesome and they should make a sequel if they dont i will personally fly to hollywood and make them.