Godzilla vs. Berserk

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1993

Conceived by:

Yutaka Izubuchi

Godzilla vs. Berserk


Japanese Title

ゴジラVSベルサーク
[Gojira vs. Berusaku]

A meteorite strikes the surface of Earth, bringing with it an alien from the far reaches of space. The strange life form, metallic in nature and combat ready, absorbs various metals and begins growing in size. Its aim: to take the form of the dominant species on the planet. To become Godzilla.

In light of this rising threat, mega-company Teiyo begins development on the super-weapon the Super-X3, as the inevitable battle between Godzilla and the alien Mechagodzilla looms on the horizon.

Background - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

A design plan proposed by Japanese anime designer Yutaka Izubuchi, Godzilla vs. Berserk was submitted to Toho as a 14-page draft, one of the earliest concepts for what would eventually become Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993).

As plans were being made to reintroduce Godzilla's mechanical doppelganger for the next Heisei "VS Series" film, the metal alien life form Berserk would have acted in the role. Starting off as a simple metallic organism, Berserk would have grown into a mess of wires and metal several times the size of a human, before eventually evolving into a Godzilla-sized replica of the nuclear monster. The plot also introduced the company collective of Teiyo, run by the son of the late Chairman Yasuaki Shindo from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). A business of defense contractor, Teiyo would have been tasked with developing the Super-X3 in order to combat Godzilla and Berserk in its Mechagodzilla form.

Sadly, not much of what this unmade movie proposed would be incorporated into the final product, though the idea for a Super-X3 would eventually resurface for use in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995).


Monsters



Aliens, SDF & Misc.



Background and Trivia

  • The article picture featuring Berserk was colored by artist hea777 using Yutaka Izubuchi's black-and-white concept sketch as a basis for use by Toho Kingdom. The colored look is an interpretation, and not Toho's official colors for the unused character.
  • The mention of this proposal can be found in the 2012 publication Heisei Godzilla Perfection (ISBN: 4048861190). The description notes that many "geeky" or "maniac" settings would have also appeared in the plot.

Concept Evolution

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