While I've not bothered speculating too much on what the main storyline of the film will be, I did propose an opening that included the original 1954 attack as back story. See:
Cimmerian Dragon wrote:I would love to see this done in the manner of the new Friday the 13th remake. Before anyone has a heart attack, I am specifically referring to the way that they opened the film with re-staged moments based on scenes in the original F13th, creating a prologue for the new film that could be seen as standing on its own for a new audience, or as a "previously on..." section for fans familiar with the orginal. Thus the film can be seen as a total reboot, OR as a direct, G '84-style, sequel to the first movie.
For Legendary's Godzilla, my ideal story would begin in the same way, with some vague reference to an attack in 1954, after which Godzilla was not seen until the present day. A good approach might be to start with an exciting scene of fiery destruction as a character attempts to escape Tokyo, only to cut the scene right before we get a good look at Godzilla, then launch into a Citizen Kane-style newsreel sequence explaining the basics of the attack, and setting up the fact that Godzilla was never confirmed dead.
I think the public is familiar enough with Godzilla: King of the Monsters to understand and appreciate such an approach. Sure, most of the audience probably hasn't seen the movie, but they all know it's the tale of an atomic dinosaur tearing shit up in the 1950s.
This way Legendary has a cool set-piece opening, and they avoid a huge chunk of potential fan bitching.