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Saturday, January 11, 2014

RUMOR: Leaked Massive Plot Points from 'Godzilla' Reboot?!

For a while I've know that that a draft for the upcoming Godzilla movie was indeed online somewhere. What I could deduce from forums is that its a 2012 draft. So these suppose plot points could most certainly have changed since then. According to an Anonymous user on the Forum here is some massive spoilers to the upcoming Godzilla remake

The film opens in 1954. A nuke is being prepared. The missile is loaded up, the count down begins... And GODZILLA rises from beneath an island unexpectedly. The bomb comes down and hits him head on in a massive nuclear explosion. 

So there it is: Godzilla has existed since the 1950's. However, as we learn later in the script... His famous rampage NEVER happened. We learn verbally that he basically appeared and started nosing around sometime after the bombing of Nagasaki- and that it is believed the "radiation changed him somehow". Russia and the United States jointly dropped a nuke on him after he apparently took out a few ships in their nuclear fleet. After that he was never heard from again aside from the odd "bloop". 

Years later, the corpse of another Godzilla is discovered frozen in the Antarctic ice. The fossil is locked in battle with two creatures, dubbed mutos. From this, it is deduced that the mutos and this giant creature, dubbed "Jira" after Japanese for whale due to it's immense size, are natural enemies and that a loose Muto (like the one that escapes from a lab in the film) would surely seek out one of these "Jira" creatures. There's actually a legit sounding reason for this, but I'm not sure how it makes sense given than the radiation from Nagasaki "changed" Godzilla--- but we're getting to that.

Also about the name, an ignorant US military type bungles it. It is mentioned that the corpse in the ice is referred to as "Jira" after Japanese for whale. Someone else makes the observation that a similar creature appeared in the fifties shortly after Nagasaki--- and that islanders mistook it for their God, "Gojira".

Que a hamfisted line from the US Military guy botching the name.

Hopefully they updated that part, this being the pre-Max Borenstien script
There are two Mutos. One male, one female. They're supposed to hunt as a pair: and their prey is Godzilla's species.
The Mutos need to lay eggs inside Godzilla's body so that they can gestate, because their eggs need to feed off of a nuclear power source. They call to Godzilla, and intentionally lure him so that they can tag team him and stick him with a Chrysalis.

The male is the first one he encounters at the airport- he absolutely thrashes the poor thing but doesn't actually manage to take it out. The female is a far more intimidating opponent
He uses his atomic breath, but only about three times. All I know is it's blue fire that is described as being like napalm. No flashing spines mentioned
There isn't an army of little crabs or anything- it's not like Legion (who would probably "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" these things up). Descriptively, they bring about mental images of bio luminescent assassin bugs. Long spindley legs, and two bigger arms that sort of recall the aggregate Destroyah that Junior fights in the '95 film. There are two creatures mentioned, and I know that there is something of an evolutionary process as well- that's all I'll say on that topic. One of them is described as being substantially larger than the other and seems to battle Godzilla pretty well; the script makes it clear that the battle is somewhat one sided in Godzilla's favor until the tables turn later in the fight. Functionally, they remind me a LOT of Megaguirus. There's even a specific moment lifted from that movie that should be pretty neat to see.    

Godzilla has an EPIC battle with the military in which he emerges smoking and riddled with surface damage, but totally unharmed in the general sense. They can't hope to stop him. There's a very deep feeling of dread knowing how unstoppable he is.

Godzilla is described as "thrashing" the muto in the airport scene. It seems very reminiscent of Gamera vs Gyaos in Shibuya from Gamera 3- but bigger, and more brutal. Another one on one battle taking place in the film reads a bit like Godzilla vs Angilas from the second toho film in that the smaller monster doesn't really measure up to Godzilla, but is certainly a vicious opponent. Yes, they're both bug monsters. I'm just using Angilas as a comparison. The fight itself contains elements straight from Godzilla X Megaguirus.

By the end of the fight Godzilla has taken a good beating and is even missing a couple spines.

Also, MUTO stands for Massive Unidentified Target Organism. Godzilla has three fights with them, the first is the one in the airport, and a finale fight that has two distinct chapters.

Godzilla kills the Mutos by brute strength. As written, this Godzilla is a brutal physical opponent who "thrashes", "slashes" and whips with his tail.

As far as the ending--- Godzilla has a rough time against the Mutos. Rough. In this draft, he survives in a way that is every fondly nostalgic for me as well as being somewhat ironic--- in a really good way. I really like Godzilla as this monster created from our meddling... Ultimately saving us from our meddling. He walks out a f*cking legend. It's cool.

Also, Bryan Cranston's character works at the nuclear facility in Hokkaido that melts down. The meltdown is blamed on a flaw from his design, and the disaster kills his wife (the scene everyone is talking about between the two of them is ABSENT from my draft, by the way) causing his stepkids (in this version, Ford and Elle are siblings) to resent him. The plot picks up when he re-emerges, convinced that "something else" was the cause of the disaster.

According to the poster this entire description came from another forum back in December called Scifi Japan which another user there posted several pages from the script to prove its authenticity. This user took it upon himself to type out the page description before it was taken down. Scifi Japan issued a statement on the pages:
Earlier today on another forum that shall not be mentioned, someone in the know had taken it upon themselves to start disseminating information from a leaked script for the new Godzilla film. The result was mass chaos, and a flurry of accusations that the OP was a troll and should be banned. He/she was ordered to provide proof, and incredibly, he/she complied and started posted images from the actual script, which appeared to be the Max Borenstein revision from June 2012.

A separate poster validated that this was the same leaked copy they possessed, and that what the OP was saying was true. After this, the OP was suddenly banned, all material removed, and a notice was posted that sharing leaked scripts is illegal and will not be tolerated on that forum.
Again this seems to be a draft that was possibly before the final draft of the script. It also seems its a semi-sequel to the 1954 Godzilla movie with a modern take. But again take with a grain of salt until further notice....

:: Mini Update :: -
WB seems to be going around asking websites to take down these plot points under a Cease and Desist letter. So that practically means these are a legitimate threat to Warner Bros and Co. That means Max Borenstien revision of the script must have been minimal if they kept most of the previous draft still in the final draft. 

Godzilla smashes into theaters this May!

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