Lost Project: Terror of SpaceGodzilla

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1995

Conceived by:

Yosuke Nakano

Terror of SpaceGodzilla


Japanese Title

スペースゴジラの逆襲
[Supesugojira no Gyakushu]

Just outside of Earth's atmosphere, a part of SpaceGodzilla remains. The rogue fragment fuses with an orbiting space station, rapidly growing in size and resulting in a giant crystalline monster several kilometers in diameter. This crystal monstrosity lays waste to the world below from satellite orbit, utilizing powerful electromagnetic waves, an array of gravitational anomalies, and causing the crystallization of matter, putting the entire planet in jeopardy.

G-Force responds by unleashing its full force of weapons to combat the space monster, to include a new version of Moguera built specifically for space combat. Meanwhile, Godzilla and Little Godzilla struggle to deal with an opponent who completely outclasses them in range. But despite the overwhelming odds, the two monsters refuse to fall to the might of the crystal beast - even if it costs them their lives.

Background - Images - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

Following the completion of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)'s filming, a "proposal tournament" was held among assistant directors in the Kawakita team's staff room. One of three submissions by Yosuke Nakano (referred to hereafter by his professional name, Yo★Nakano) included Terror of SpaceGodzilla, a direct follow-up to the 1994 movie. As opposed to following SpaceGodzilla, however, the main antagonist is born from a piece of the space monster that latched itself onto a space station orbiting Earth and grew to tremendous size. This unusual origin follows more along the lines of The War of the Gargantuas (1966), where the monster Sanda was created from a severed piece of flesh of Frankenstein from Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965).

In the previous movie, a short-lived battle takes place between SpaceGodzilla and Moguera in the asteroid belt. Yo★Nakano had created a number of storyboards and concept art surrounding this confrontation. However, as staff only had just a few days to shoot the sequence, many of his concepts were not realized to their full potential, even with the insistence of special effects director Koichi Kawakita to have the sequence improved. By writing a direct sequel, Yo★Nakano had a chance to realize a climactic space battle that was more "fulfilling" than what was covered in the prior movie.

Originally, the theme for the movie to follow Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) had not yet been decided, so all three of Yo★Nakano's story proposals tread different ground. Some time later, it was decided Godzilla would die in his next movie, and Terror of SpaceGodzilla was updated accordingly to feature an ending where the king of the monsters would perish before the proposal was submitted to Toho. While many stories were sent in for consideration, Yo★Nakano would end up discovering assistant special effects director Hideki Oka's Godzilla vs. Barubaroi proposal. Enamored by the promising story, Yo★Nakano decided to stop pursuing his proposals and instead help present Oka's pitch to Toho and Kawakita.


Monsters

SpaceGodzilla Satellite
SpaceGodzilla Satellite
Space Moguera
Space Moguera



Aliens, SDF & Misc.

New G-Force Weapons
New G-Force Weapons



Background and Trivia

  • While concept art was submitted to Toho for the SpaceGodzilla spawn, the image of the monster presented in the banner is an interpretation by site staff based on descriptions provided by the author.
  • A mention of this movie proposal can be found in the 2017 book, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Perfection (ISBN: 4798615811). While the draft's name was supplied, no plot details were shared.
  • Details surrounding the production of the asteroid belt battle can be found in an interview with Yo★Nakano conducted by Brett Homenick of Vantage Point Interviews from July 2020.
  • Special thanks goes to Yo★Nakano, who shared a wealth of information concerning the specifics of his story with Toho Kingdom staff. While the Japanese title can be translated in several ways, the featured English title was a suggestion by Yo★Nakano.

Concept Evolution

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