Godzilla vs. Mothra (Early Draft)

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1992

Conceived by:

Kazuki Omori

Godzilla vs. Mothra (Early Draft)


Japanese Title

ゴジラVSモスラ
[Gojira vs. Mosura]

When Godzilla, the god of darkness, is awakened from his slumber, only the ancient guardian of the forest Mothra can put an end to the creature's rampage.

Background - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

Following the release of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), work began on the next entry in the Godzilla Heisei "VS" series. A number of drafts featuring the monsters Godzilla, Mechani-Kong, and Gigamoth were penned, some of which included the adventures of microscopic protagonists exploring the inside of Godzilla's body, but ultimately a majority of these ideas went unused. Instead, one of these later entries - Godzilla vs. Gigamoth - inspired the idea to revive Mothra, after her initial 1990 debut film Mothra vs. Bagan was shelved in favor of a movie featuring King Ghidorah.

One of the earliest drafts for what would eventually become Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) started off as a very simple edit of the Mothra vs. Bagan script: having all of the demon beast Bagan's parts replaced by Godzilla. This edit, created by writer Kazuki Omori near the end of 1991, was done only half-jokingly, as he wanted to see which parts would work best with Godzilla for the time being.

In the end, Godzilla would be given a new role in the movie instead, and while Mothra vs. Bagan still served as a major influence for the story for Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), the part of Bagan would be handed over to Gigamoth, who in turn would later evolve into the monster Battra.


Monsters



Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Shobijin (1990)
Shobijin (1990)
Atomic Heat Ray Gun (1990)
Atomic Heat Ray Gun (1990)
F-4 Phantom II
F-4 Phantom II
F-15 Eagle
F-15 Eagle
Indian Nuclear Submarine
Indian Nuclear Submarine



Background and Trivia

  • This early draft was mentioned in an interview with Kazuki Omori in the 1993 publication Toho SF Special Effects Series VOL. 7: Godzilla vs. Mothra (ISBN: 4924609439).
  • One of the reasons writer Kazuki Omori and Toho staff reverted to the Mothra vs. Bagan script was because the unmade movie could be rewritten in a relatively short amount of time, given how far along it was.

Concept Evolution

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