Lost Project: Godzilla vs. Bagan (1995)

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1995

Conceived by:

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Godzilla vs. Bagan


Japanese Title

ゴジラVSバガン
[Gojira vs. Bagan]

Godzilla does battle with the harbinger of the end times named Bagan.

Background - Images - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

After Shogo Tomiyama's pitch for a "Godzilla vs. Godzilla" movie was shot down, the search began for another monster to challenge Godzilla. Surprisingly, Godzilla vs. Bagan didn't get very far before Toho tossed it out in favor of other storylines. However, Bagan's appearance in the Super Nintendo game Super Godzilla easily makes this one of the most well known of Toho's scrapped endeavors. While not much concrete information is known, gossip at the time suggested the story would have been very similar to the previously scrapped Godzilla vs. Giant Monster Varan, only not set in 1999 and with Bagan taking Varan's role as the lead antagonist.

Details floating around about the movie's story mentioned the inclusion of the Gotengo from the 1963 film Atragon, although its exact role was unknown, in addition to the heroic Mothra. Likewise, some hearsay insisted that Godzilla was going to transform into a second form, dubbed "Super Godzilla" in the video game, though this seems unlikely given that most of the elements of that design had already been utilized on SpaceGodzilla in the 1994 Godzilla outing. Another persistent rumor was that a Bagan suit existed on the Toho lot, suggesting that this draft may have been a serious contender for the next Godzilla entry.

Whatever the case, Toho would go on to create the last film in the Heisei Godzilla series, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), while also creating the animated super sub movie Super Atragon (1995), although the ship featured is the Ra instead of the original Gotengo, and finally kickstart a trilogy of Mothra movies beginning with Rebirth of Mothra in 1996.


Monsters



Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Gotengo (1995)
Gotengo (1995)



Background and Trivia

  • The article picture featuring the Bagan model was created by artist 2009MECHAGODZILLA using Minoru Yoshida's concept art as a basis and commissioned for use on Toho Kingdom by staff.
  • One of the earliest mentions of this unmade film can be found in an interview with director Takao Okawara conducted by David Milner in December 1995. Additional information is also shared in The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films (ISBN: 1548145254) by John LeMay.
  • In the 1996 publication The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Godzilla (self-published), Bagan is described as "a kind of 'Super Godzilla' which appeared in an SNES video game", with the Gotengo reportedly playing a major role in the story. According to author Ed Godziszewski, had the movie come to fruition, "one of the proposed designs for Bagan was similar to what was used in the video game [Super Godzilla]. That particular design, or variations of it, have been floating around in Toho productions for a long time." Special thanks to Ed Godziszewski for his clarification regarding the information found in his book.
  • Despite sharing the same title, this unmade movie has no similarities to the 1991 draft Godzilla vs. Bagan by Kazuki Omori.

Images


Concept Evolution

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Godzilla vs. Lambda   Godzilla vs. Barubaroi   Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (Early Draft)   Godzilla vs. Destoroyah