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GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 1:02 pm
by kpa
In 1994, Sony’s TriStar Pictures hired Jan De Bont (SPEED) to direct a big budget, American version of GODZILLA. Designs for an updated Godzilla and additional creatures were created; storyboards were drawn; sets and locations were selected; a production team assembled... and then everything fell apart, supposedly over a budget dispute between the studio and director. TriStar next offered GODZILLA to Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, who disappointed moviegoers with their own take in 1998.

SciFi Japan is pleased to present a detailed, 4 part overview of Jan De Bont’s GODZILLA, with production info, photos and concept art -- many never-before-seen -- storyboards and interviews with more than two dozen people who worked on the project. Starting today, a new chapter will be released each Sunday through the end of May.

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2015 ... lm-part-1/

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Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 4:30 pm
by canofhumdingers
Cool! I've always wondered about what really was planned and what happened to it. I've never found more than the handful of common pictures and vague generalizations. Excited to read this series!

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 6:31 pm
by kiryugoji04
Terry Gilliam was considered to direct.

Excuse me while I go drink my sorrows away.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 9:47 pm
by tbeasley
I remember Mr. Aiken talking about a big G94 article over at Toho Kingdom years ago so it's great to finally see this coming to fruition.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2015 10:14 pm
by Gentleman
I bought that script at a con years and years ago. Not bad, if I remember, but I seem to recall thinking that Big G was a little bit too heroic. Like Showa Gamera heroic. I much prefer anti-hero Godzilla. I like the WIP Godzilla model they were working on, though. Rather generic, but still nice.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 9:59 am
by GFan
Great read! Can't wait for the next installments. :D

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 2:22 pm
by daikaijusaurus
Thank you for the great article! For years I've wondered and imagine what this movie would've been like if it was actually made. Highly looking forward to next installments.

Ive always loved the Stan Winston maquette, it was a perfect image of what an actual "classic Godzilla" would've looked like if it was a real creature. As much as I loved the Godzilla 2014 design, I still would've so loved to see Stan Winston's design come to life.

I also love the below maquette! I wish it was it was in my house :)
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BTW when is Todd Tennent's graphic novel going to be finished? Hasn't he been working on this thing for years? If it ever gets finished and released I'd grab it in a heart beat! :D

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 6:26 pm
by kpa
The response to the article has been fantastic. I'm glad you guys are enjoying it.

tbeasley wrote:I remember Mr. Aiken talking about a big G94 article over at Toho Kingdom years ago so it's great to finally see this coming to fruition.


It took MUCH longer to put this together than I would have ever anticipated. It seemed like every time I interviewed somebody they would recommend another person to talk to or a lead I should follow. On top of that, I didn't want to run anything until I'd interviewed Jan De Bont, Crash McCreery and Joey Orosco, and that didn't happen until a couple of months ago. I'm glad I waited because, besides sharing a lot of info, those three also offered a ton of photos and artwork I'd never seen before... most of which will be included in Parts 2 and 3 of the article.

daikaijusaurus wrote:BTW when is Todd Tennent's graphic novel going to be finished? Hasn't he been working on this thing for years? If it ever gets finished and released I'd grab it in a heart beat! :D


Todd's work so impressed screenwriter Terry Rossio that they're now collaborating to finish the GN and then look into options to release it. No word on when exactly that will be.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 7:16 pm
by XvGojira
kpa wrote:It took MUCH longer to put this together than I would have ever anticipated. It seemed like every time I interviewed somebody they were recommend another person to talk to or a lead I should follow. On top of that, I didn't want to run anything until I'd interviewed Jan De Bont, Crash McCreery and Joey Orosco, and that didn't happen until a couple of months ago. I'm glad I waited because, besides sharing a lot of info, those three also offered a ton of photos and artwork I'd never seen before... most of which will be included in Parts 2 and 3 of the article.


Fantastic! I love behind the scenes stuff of movies and even more so for unfinished movies like this. It just kind of goes to show how far films can go before getting canned/widely known to the public.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 10:50 pm
by Jorzilla
In Steve Ryfle's book he mentions that King Ghidorah was originally considered for the primary villain.

A monster that arrives on earth in an asteroid that absorbs the powers of a bat, snake and puma = describes KG pretty accurately. Will this series help verify that detail?

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 2:19 am
by kpa
Jorzilla wrote:In Steve Ryfle's book he mentions that King Ghidorah was originally considered for the primary villain.

A monster that arrives on earth in an asteroid that absorbs the powers of a bat, snake and puma = describes KG pretty accurately. Will this series help verify that detail?


This is covered in the section on the Gryphon in Part 2.

Steve's account is accurate, and there's not much more to the story than was reported in his book. Ted and Terry originally wanted to use King Ghidorah but were told that the monster wasn't included in the Sony/Toho deal so they came up with their own character instead. They knew from the start they couldn't use KG so that idea was abandoned before they'd done any writing... their story outline (linked to in the Part 1 article) that got them the job already had the Gryphon as the villain.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 10:22 am
by Shokara
To Keith and the rest at the head of SciFiJapan, well done! The most I've ever read about this project was Steve Ryfle's previously mentioned book Japan's Favorite Mon-Star, a somewhat lengthy article in G-Fan Magazine showing a number of design maquettes and concept art, and Ted Elliot's and Terry Rosio's screenplay. It's been a real treat learning about the original executive dealings and talent wrangling. I especially can't wait to read the words from the would be director Jan de Bont himself. You guys deserve a slow applause for securing that interview. I'll be looking very forward to reading the next parts of this giant monster of an article in the next coming weeks. :D

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 5:43 pm
by Gargantuan Gargantua
Can't wait for Part 2. I am super curious.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 7:12 pm
by Kailem
That was a really great article! I'd heard the basic premise of the film before and seen a few images of storyboards and models of Godzilla and the Probe Bats, but I never knew the Gryphon had a maquette made as well! That's really cool. This is all way more in-depth than anything I've seen about the movie before now.

I love reading/hearing detailed accounts of the behind-the-scenes goings-on and the making of films (the more detailed, the better), whether they actually ended up being released or not, so this was a really great read. I kept reading a lot of the text with a sort of documentary-style narration in my head, because it really feels like the kind of thing you'd find on a four-disc uber-deluxe version of a Godzilla movie Blu-ray or DVD at some point (if it was in film-form and not text, anyway :P ). Really excellent stuff, and I can't wait to read the upcoming parts!

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 1:04 am
by Gwangi
What an utterly fascinating read! One could say that the villain of this first piece was Mike Medavoy.

How times have changed as I recall, we got any news on this production from publications (magazines, newspapers) or from shows like "Entertainment Tonight" before that program went tabloid. Any sci-fi magazines, I would end up scouring for titbits! Now of course, technology has changed everything, and any news we got for "G14" came from here, IMDB or other sites. Scanning through publications is now a thing of the past.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 1:11 pm
by lhb412
This is an incredible bit of kaiju journalism. Kudos to all of y'all at Sci-Fi Japan for making this happen.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 7:46 pm
by Mac
Thank you for this highly informative, researched article.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 5:45 am
by Jared
As usual with SFJ, this looks like it will be the definitive work on the topic. Excellent stuff, Keith.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 12:47 pm
by kpa
Part 2 is now on SciFi Japan, featuring new interviews with director Jan De Bont; production designer Joseph Nemec III; special effects supervisor Boyd Shermis; screenwriter Terry Rossio; concept artists Carlos Huante, Mark “Crash” McCreery, and Ricardo Delgado; and storyboard artists David Russell and Giacomo Ghiazza.

Accompanying the filmmakers’ recollections are never-before-seen photos, concept artwork and 435 PAGES of storyboards from the movie!

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2015 ... rt-2-of-4/

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Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 8:27 pm
by mbozzo
I read the plot to this unmade movie on G-Fan, years ago. I believe that it should have been split into 2 movies. The first movie should be a Godzilla solo in which the army tried to kill him, while the second movie be about his battle with this winged feline monster. 8)

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 9:24 pm
by lhb412
Whoa, that really is a Kirby-esque alien!

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2015 7:13 am
by GFan
Despite Godzilla's origin being changed to GAMERA GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE, I think this movie would have been epic as hell if it had gotten made. Those storyboards are incredible! Can't wait for part III! :mrgreen:

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 12:40 pm
by kpa
Part 3 is now on SciFi Japan, offering a look at the final stages of pre-production, the film’s digital effects, the incredible creature design work done by Stan Winston Studio, and the untold story behind the project’s cancellation!

Featuring new interviews with director Jan De Bont and Winston artists Mark “Crash” McCreery, Joey Orosco, Mark Maitre, Bruce Fuller and David Monzingo, this article includes an amazing selection of never-before-seen visuals including early pre-viz video of Godzilla’s attack on the Golden Gate Bridge, photos of set designs, new Godzilla maquette pics, and the first look at Winston Studio’s designs for the Gryphon!

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2015 ... rt-3-of-4/

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Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 3:01 pm
by Henry88
kpa wrote:Part 3 is now on SciFi Japan, offering a look at the final stages of pre-production, the film’s digital effects, the incredible creature design work done by Stan Winston Studio, and the untold story behind the project’s cancellation!

Featuring new interviews with director Jan De Bont and Winston artists Mark “Crash” McCreery, Joey Orosco, Mark Maitre, Bruce Fuller and David Monzingo, this article includes an amazing selection of never-before-seen visuals including early pre-viz video of Godzilla’s attack on the Golden Gate Bridge, photos of set designs, new Godzilla maquette pics, and the first look at Winston Studio’s designs for the Gryphon!

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2015 ... rt-3-of-4/

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ever so sad to read.

Re: GODZILLA (1994): Jan De Bont's Unmade TriStar Film

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 8:10 pm
by lhb412
These articles have almost been like getting an extra Godzilla movie.