Godzilla vs. Giant Monster Varan

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1995

Conceived by:

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Godzilla vs. Giant Monster Varan


Japanese Title

ゴジラVS大怪獣バラン
[Gojira vs. Daikaiju Baran]

In 1999, a giant monster named Varan awakens. A harbinger of the end times, Varan sets out to destroy the world, only to meet opposition in the form of Godzilla and Little Godzilla. Together, the two earth defenders manage to overwhelm Varan, with Little Godzilla even learning how to fire a proper atomic ray during their battle. With the sun rising in the distance, Godzilla and his son swim out towards the horizon as a clock appears onscreen, flipping from 1999 and into the new millennium.

Background - Images - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

The earliest-known draft for what would become the final "VS Series" movie. Compared to a majority of proposals for a "Godzilla 7", Godzilla vs. Giant Monster Varan would have ended on a much more uplifting note, with Godzilla surviving to the end as Earth's hero. Even Little Godzilla would evolve throughout the course of the movie, starting off with his Radioactive Bubbles from Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) before learning how to shoot a radioactive ray like his father. Perhaps the most curious aspect is Varan, who serves as a powerful, apocalyptic beast and the story's main antagonist, a far cry from his portrayals in other Toho movies.

While no substantial aspects of this draft would see use in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), some would reappear in another unmade entry, the 1995 version of Godzilla vs. Bagan.


Monsters



Background and Trivia

  • The mention of this lost movie can be found in John LeMay's The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films (ISBN: 1548145254). Though no known elements were carried over to what would become Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), the book mentions how the film's ending would eventually find use in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), only "utilized to far less effect."

Concept Evolution

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