There are certain things about the Godzilla franchise that make it Godzilla. This includes suitmation and certainly the music. The music, in particular Ifukube's music, is just as vital to the Godzilla series as the scores to Star Wars or Indiana Jones are to those films. Or think of the importance of music to the James Bond series. Or the importance of having a Danny Elfman score in a Tim Burton film. It seems that most major movie franchises (but not all) have one thing in common...a very important musical thread that holds everything together.
We simply cannot imagine those films without their iconic scores or composers. So, if we are fashioning a new Godzilla movie with a promise from the producers to stay true to the original spirit of the character (and yes, Ifukube's music IS a part of Godzilla's character), the music should play some role. Even if it is only played at a key moment in the midst of someone else's full score. But it should be there. (And so should suitmation, but that's a discussion for another thread.)
Anyway, we can all agree that the downfall of the '98 distater was a blatant disregard for the source material in an effort to "modernize" or "reimagine" the Godzilla mythos. Not wanting the to make the same mistakes of the Emmerich/Devlin debacle, Legendary has vowed to stay true to the Godzilla character. The director Edwards even confirmed in an interview that he is "a fan." Is this a convenient thing to say, or is he a real fan like all of us? I fear it's the former and not the latter, but that remains to be seen.
So, Mr. Edwards, Godzilla fan-boy, how true will you be?
If Godzilla is going to have spines on his back, radioactive breath and a signature roar, than we should hear at least a snippet of the famous theme. That's my opinion, and I hope the producers have as much respect for the series as all of us.