Lost Project: Type-3 Kiryu

Unmade Film
Intended Release:

Conceived by:

Masaaki Tezuka

Type-3 Kiryu

Japanese Title

[San-shiki Kiryu]

The super combat weapon Kiryu returns to protect Japan.

Background - Images - Concept Evolution


Sometime following the release of Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), director Masaaki Tezuka submitted a draft to Toho for a potential solo Kiryu movie project. However, the draft was never seriously put into consideration, and the proposed solo movie has seemingly since been dismissed. Whether it would have followed up on the events teased at the end of Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) or featured a completely new story is unknown.


Background and Trivia

  • The mention of this unmade movie was made public at a three major directors talk show event held on January 8th, 2017 at the "Great Godzilla Tokusatsu Kingdom HIROSHIMA" exhibition in Japan, featuring directors Kazuki Omori, Shusuke Kaneko, and Masaaki Tezuka. When asked what monster they would have Godzilla fight if they were to ever direct another Godzilla film, Tezuka replied with "probably" Kiryu, following up with how he had actually submitted a plan to Toho for a solo Kiryu project, but having never heard back from them the proposal seems to have been dismissed. The proposal's date of creation, title, and intended release year are unknown, though it was made sometime between 2004 and 2014 when "it was a bad time for Godzilla movies".

    As an aside, Kaneko never gave a proper response to the question, instead mentioning his rejected Godzilla vs. Kamacuras pitch while dispelling an unfounded rumor of Manda being an early consideration as one of the Guardian Monsters for Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. On the other hand, Omori expressed interest in doing another Biollante movie, preferably a solo outing for the monster.