Lost Project: Godzilla vs. Cyber City

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1995

Conceived by:

Yosuke Nakano

Godzilla vs. Cyber City


Japanese Title

ゴジラVS電脳都市
[Gojira vs. Denno Toshi]

Years ago, in the depths of an uninhabited mountain in Japan, G-Force began the construction of a gigantic fortified city called Rossum to act as their trump card against Godzilla. Furnished with buildings equipped with state of the art weaponry, numerous attack facilities, and various other mechanisms built specifically to hinder Godzilla's movement, the hidden city was in reality a giant trap so that one massive, conclusive attack could be executed against the nuclear tyrant without the worry of nearby residential areas suffering collateral damage.

However, the highly-advanced artificial intelligence system installed to controlled the city suddenly went out of control, causing the Japanese government to step in and suspend activites within the city indefinitely. As an emergency measure, the underground fortress was sealed away and became an inviolable zone. Around the same time, the lead scientist responsible for Rossum's A.I. mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

In the present, certain members of the G-Force special forces unit banded together in order to revive the dormant artificial fortress to combat the unstoppable menace of Godzilla. While working on a plan to resurrect the forbidden city, they also manage to uncover the mystery of the lead scientist's disappearance after discovering an android built in the likeness of humans.

The female android was also a project of the scientist, as her brain was built to be the key to properly controlling Rossum. However, the scientist cherished the human heart that was accidentally created in the android during its development. In order to prevent her from having to fight against Godzilla, the scientist allowed his A.I. system to lose control, then disappeared together with the android as the project was taken offline.

The G-Force members befriend the android, who of her own accord rebels against her creator's wishes to awaken the sleeping city of Rossum and save humankind from the suffering caused by Godzilla's destruction. The new team return to the blockaded city and break through its defense facilities to regain control of Rossum in the heart of the city.

When the android reigns in the A.I. and gains control, she becomes one with the huge computer unit like a component and becomes "Genocide Jaguar" ("GJ"), losing her human form and becoming a giant super robot driven by a single objective: to defeat Godzilla once and for all.

The G-Force members who had become friends with the android are distraught due to her dramatic change in form and personality, but despite her merge with the computer, GJ still retains her humanity. In an effort to save human lives, she broadcasts a powerful electronic soundwave - a more refined version of the one developed by Dr. Makoto Hayashida years prior - to precisely guide Godzilla to the underground fortress for their long-overdue confrontation.

The final battle commences. Now having full command of Rossum and its heavy weaponry, GJ unleashes an unforgiving assault against her target, taking advantage of every piece of attack hardware at her disposal. Eventually holding Godzilla at bay with the city's arsenal, GJ locks down the city and sacrifices herself, plunging Godzilla and the city into the depths of the earth. The battlefield is submerged in lava and sealed away underground, and both Rossum and the android-controlled GJ disappear for the sake of humankind.

While the world returns to a semblance of normalcy, deep within the confines of the subterranean darkness, the king of the monsters still lives... and his return is only a matter of time.

Background - Images - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

Following the wrapping of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), a "proposal tournament" was held among assistant directors of Kawakita's staff group to see who could pen the next film in the series. Godzilla vs. Cyber City by Yosuke Nakano (referred to hereafter by his professional name, Yo★Nakano) was one such submission, which consisted of a great battle between Godzilla and a giant A.I.-controlled fortified city built by G-Force called Rossum.

The battle-ready buildings within Rossum were fashioned similarly to the ones found in Destroy All Monsters (1968) that housed Typhoon Devastators, while the electronic soundwave used to guide Godzilla was meant as a callback to the guided soundwave used in The Return of Godzilla (1985). Yo★Nakano was also heavily influenced by classic science-fiction novels about androids when creating the focus of his story, while the name of "Rossum" was meant to be an homage to the historical 1920 science-fiction play R.U.R. by Karel Capek.

Though the monsters and development of the story were imagined in detail, Yo★Nakano did not have any concrete images in mind for the human characters taking part in the story. However, he wanted to maintain a sense of continuity within the Heisei Godzilla movies by having the same actors perform their roles from prior movies, whether they were members of G-Force or playing ministerial roles in the government. Additionally, even before the story was drafted, Yo★Nakano began by first conceiving the idea of a new foe for Godzilla to face, a philosophy he adopted from his creative mentor, Koichi Kawakita.

Godzilla's featured opponent was Genocide Jaguar (abbreviated as "GJ"), a super robot that was made as something of a dark mirror image to Jet Jaguar from Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973). Despite having the power to control the entirety of Rossum, Genocide Jaguar would end up sacrificing herself to bring an end to Godzilla's reign of global terror. However, Yo★Nakano envisioned that after the credits rolled, music by Akira Ifukube would play, ending the story on a premonition of Godzilla's revival in the distant future.

Concept art for the robot monster Genocide Jaguar was submitted to Toho along with the story, though nothing ever came of this surprisingly complex proposal.


Monsters

Genocide Jaguar
Genocide Jaguar



Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Rossum
Rossum
Female Android
Female Android



Background and Trivia

  • Some minor details regarding this story proposal can be found in the 2017 book, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Perfection (ISBN: 4798615811).
  • The naming convention of Genocide Jaguar was accidental: Yo★Nakano wanted to retain the same "JJ" abbreviations for this new robot monster to keep it in line with its predecessor, Jet Jaguar. When creating the name, the beginning of "Jet" (ジェ - Je) and "Genocide" (ジェ - Ge) have the same Japanese characters and pronunciation, so Yo★Nakano thought the abbreviations would also turn out the same. Priding himself on his naming scheme, it wasn't until much later when he double-checked the words that he realized his mistake. As he put it, "I was shocked!"
    In addition, this story was pitched about a year before the Japanese airing of Neon Genesis Evangelion on television, and over 20 years before the second Anime Godzilla movie, Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018). Naturally, any given similarities between Rossum, Tokyo-3, and Mechagodzilla City are "a coincidence."
    Special thanks goes to Yo★Nakano, who shared a wealth of information concerning the specifics of his story with Toho Kingdom staff. Though worried the plot is a little too complicated for a Godzilla movie, he added he still likes it "very much."

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