Dean Devlin Finally Takes Credit For GODZILLA (GINO) Failure

Written By: Ken Hulsey

I just wanted to quickly share these quotes from director Dean Devlin about Legendary's new "Godzilla 3D" film and why his G film failed. These come in response to questions posed by Bloody Disgusting's Chris Eggersten:

First on "Godzilla 3D":

"I'm happy. First of all, one of the people at Legendary involved with it is Bill Fay, who was one of the producers with me on the last version. You know, to get another shot at getting that one right, I understand why they want to do it, and I really hope...the best [for them]. I hope they get it right."

Then on why "Godzilla 98" failed:

"Listen, I think there's a lot of wonderful stuff in that movie, I really do," ( in the film's defense) "[But] I think the problem with that movie was the script I wrote. I think Roland did an amazing job directing it, I think the actors are great, I think when people look back now on the Blu-ray and see the visual effects, it's a lot better than what people said at the time. The problem was the script! I made some big errors in that script. I wish I hadn't, I wish I had a chance to fix it. But in another way, it's allowed me to be a better writer since, because I made the mistakes on one, and I realized I'm never gonna make those mistakes again!"

"If you're gonna fail, fail big!"

Hmmmmm ...... maybe a big part of it was the fact that Godzilla wasn't in it! Maybe you should have made up your mind whether we were supposed to fear the monster or feel sympathy for it? Maybe Godzilla should have been the one tearing up NYC instead of the military?

Okay..... don't get me running on this.

Comments

  1. He's right, it was the script. And there was some awesome stuff in it. I'll always enjoy it as a popcorn action movie. But I really wanted a big screen US-version of Godzilla too. Let's hope Legendary/WB nails it.

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  2. "Hmmmmm ...... maybe a big part of it was the fact that Godzilla wasn't in it! Maybe you should have made up your mind whether we were supposed to fear the monster or feel sympathy for it? Maybe Godzilla should have been the one tearing up NYC instead of the military?"

    This is the exact reason I ultimately did not like the movie. Take this problem out, and I give it a solid "A."

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  3. Godzilla is re-imagined in almost every movie since "Raids Again". When I first saw GMK, for example, I had a hard time digesting it. It was all a little to woo-woo, and it cast Godzilla as something other than, "a force of nature". Something with evil intent, albeit collective. Many people think it's the best movie in the franchise.
    Gino has only one real flaw. You don't lure Godzilla with fish. You have to either trick it somehow (1984) or you shoot at it (always). Godzilla does NOT move away from gunfire. Of course, "Godzilla Rises Again!" starts with "Big Momma" catching it's breath and jumping up too squash that damn taxi before heading back to town to check on the kids!

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