Godzilla vs. Astrogodzilla

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1994

Conceived by:

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Godzilla vs. Astrogodzilla


Japanese Title

ゴジラVSアストロゴジラ
[Gojira vs. Asutorogojira]

A new threat is born in the deepest reaches of outer space. Dubbed Astrogodzilla, it is learned the albino Godzilla clone was created from the cells of Biollante, and has come to Earth to conquer it. Upon arriving, the twin-tailed beast psychically manipulates the gifted Miki Saegusa and the young Little Godzilla, and forces the two to do its bidding.

This captures the attention of Godzilla, who arrives in Japan to rescue his mind-controlled son. An epic showdown unfolds between Astrogodzilla and Godzilla, who is assisted by the new G-Force weapon Moguera and Mothra, as well as a freed Little Godzilla, in order to put an end to the cosmic doppelganger's reign of terror.

Background - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

One of the earliest known concepts for Godzilla's 21st outing, Godzilla vs. Astrogodzilla would have been a far cry tonally compared to previous entries in the Heisei VS series. While not much is known about how far along in development this concept went, many elements would eventually be carried over to the final product of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994).

The primary antagonist, Astrogodzilla, would be heavily revised as time went on. Starting off as essentially a proto-SpaceGodzilla, Astrogodzilla would have followed more of an ice motif, and its body would have been pure white. Likewise, its origins would have been much more cut and dry, compared to SpaceGodzilla who had multiple theories surrounding its creation. However, as newer drafts of the movie were created, the ice motif would eventually be replaced with the idea of a "crystal organism", and the concept of Astrogodzilla would eventually evolve into SpaceGodzilla.

Supporting cast would have consisted of reoccuring actress Megumi Odaka as Miki Saegusa, as well as Little Godzilla, the new anti-Godzilla weapon Moguera, and surprisingly Mothra, who would have returned to Earth after her trip to outer space as shown in the ending of Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992).


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Background and Trivia

  • The article picture featuring Astrogodzilla is an interpretation created by artist Lucas C. Gabet using a description of the monster, and was commissioned for use on Toho Kingdom by staff. It was not created by Toho nor is it their official look for the unused character.
  • This early draft was first mentioned in a "Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Retrospective" article in issue #105 (March 2014) of the quarterly fanzine G-FAN. While the article was written by John LeMay, the paragraph regarding the "almost Showa-esque" Godzilla vs. Astrogodzilla story was actually included by G-FAN features editor Ted Johnson, who became aware of the unmade movie by a friend of his in Japan sometime during early-to-mid 1994. Special thanks goes to John LeMay and Ted Johnson for sharing more detailed information regarding this project.
  • While not mentioned, it is likely the Cosmos would have appeared to assist the human characters and Mothra. However, it is unknown if they would have been handled in the same manner as they were in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994).

Concept Evolution

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