Lost Project: Godzilla 2000 Millennium (Early Draft)

Unmade Film
Intended Release:

Conceived by:

Takao Okawara

Godzilla 2000: Millennium (Early Draft)

Japanese Title

ゴジラ 2000: ミレニアム
[Gojira 2000: Mireniamu]

The King of the Monsters walks among humanity. As the world deals with the ramifications of the nuclear menace, the military continues to mobilize to try and neutralize the threat.

Background - Concept Evolution


Before writers Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura fleshed out a screenplay, director Okawara began to devise a concept for the 1999 Godzilla film and the start of a new Godzilla series. Either by coincidence or intent, the film was to mirror The Return of Godzilla (1984), the starting point for the Heisei series, in one respect: it was going to focus solely on Godzilla versus the military.

The concept never got far, abandoned while it was still considered, by the director, to be a "vague premise". Eventually the concept changed a lot, focusing instead on an alien invasion involving the Millennian and a climax with the monster Orga.


Background and Trivia

  • In an interview, found in Fangoria #195, director Takao Okawara stated that his original concept for the first Millennium Godzilla film was one that featured just Godzilla. "Originally I wanted the film to feature no enemy kaiju, just Godzilla, with its existence, its connection to the world and its fight against mankind the movie's theme." However, the director pivoted due to difficulties in fleshing out the movie from what he considered a "vague premise". As a result, he decided to include an enemy monster and develop a plot around aliens.

Concept Evolution

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