Godzilla vs. Kamacuras
  Intended Release: 2001

Conceived by: Shusuke Kaneko

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Godzilla faces off against the Kamacuras.


Despite having a lot of credibility in the genre with the 1990's Gamera films, director Shusuke Kaneko still had to go through a few hurdles before Toho would hand him the reigns of the Godzilla series. Even though Kaneko had already created several films with the company in the previous decade, including My Soul is Slashed (1991) and Haunted School 3 (1997), he was put to one more assignment before getting to create a project around Toho's most famous creation. That project was the 2000 film Pyrokinesis.

Pleased with the finished product, Kaneko was given the green light to create an entry in the long running Godzilla franchise. His first concept was a feature involving the insect monster Kamacuras from Son of Godzilla (1967). Kaneko was interested in using advanced special effects techniques, including lots of CGI, in creating the mantis kaiju.

Very little is known about the overall concept, for example if Godzilla would have been the protagonist or the antagonist in the feature. The proposed title is also unknown, as it might have been "Godzilla vs. Kamacuras", "Godzilla X Kamacuras" or something else altogether.

Ultimately, the idea was quickly scrapped after Kaneko discovered that Godzilla was already facing off against a revamped insect monster from the past films, in this case Meganulon, for Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000). Not wanting to create a film with similar opponents, the director went back to the drawing board. His next concept was Godzilla vs. M, which had the King of the Monsters facing off against an original space-based monster.

Monsters Aliens, SDF, Misc
Godzilla, Kamacuras N/A