Yes, GINO did unquestionably introduce people to the Toho Godzilla franchise and all. The downer, though, is in considering how much more successful it would've been had GINO been an actual "good" movie and a "good" Godzilla movie. GINO wasn't a terrible film IMO, but it was a below par effort on two fronts. For one, the movie itself was not that compelling. Niko and Audrey had zero chemistry throughout the film, most of the humor fell flat (then again it did in G2K too), and there was nothing mentionable that would engage the viewer. In other words, there was no charm, much less outright quality. The second front was that it wasn't a good Godzilla monster. Broderick himself had that line in the movie, "He's just an animal." But obviously that completely misses the point of Godzilla. Godzilla is a character too, but he was not treated like one here. Much worse, the look and nature of the monster was completely different. So it was really just a giant monster movie (and on the occasions that I do watch it I watch it simply as a daikaiju flick, not a Godzilla movie). Emmerich and Devlin were not Godzilla fans and it didn't take long for Devlin to admit that. They -especially Emmerich- are known for their popcorn flicks. I suspect when they finally did accept the project they planned merely on using the Godzilla name to cash in on rather than make a Godzilla movie. But this has all been said before, so I'll leave it there.
Mincecraft wrote:Thank you. This is all coming from what I heard.
Though Toho was no doubt pissed at what happened...
Sure it did. If I recall correctly, Toho had not planned to make another Godzilla film for about 10 years once they completed Godzilla vs Destoroyah and had laid the Heisei series to rest. With the backlash of GINO Toho seemingly found many reasons to bring the Japanese Godzilla back, hence 1999's Godzilla 2000 (or 2000 for us). Sad thing is we received a string of lazy efforts on Toho's part, but at least we got GMK out of it. More interesting to me is the fact that Tri-Star was still planning on going ahead with a GINO sequel. It's not necessarily surprising
, considering it still did rake in $380M. A decent sequel could've still brought in hundreds of milions and continued the flow of cash for a franchise name that Tri-Star probably paid good money to use. So the 2000 sequel to GINO would've meant we'd have had two Godzilla timelines at once. Supposedly Tri-Star attempted to secure the rights to Mothra and/or King Ghidorah; Toho, possibly out of a lack of faith after GINO and probably because they like green, wanted too much money and Tri-Star let it go. The whole GINO sequel project was scapped in due time too, and as we all know the rights expired in 2003. Now it's Legendary's turn.