April 14th, 2012

Good Omens


Other entries will be coming. But I want to share what I dug out today from the depths of the Internet:

GODZILLA. Okay, now that I've got your attention...

The 1998 American Godzilla that Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin wrote and produced grew out of an earlier attempt to Americanize the giant creature, a 1994 script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio of Aladdin and, later, all four Pirates of the Caribbean films. And Elliott and Rossio very kindly put their draft (124 pages long) online.

They also wrote this quick introduction/explanation of what happened, how their script did not get made (the fate of most scripts written for Hollywood) and Emmerich and Devlin made their own thing instead (though bits and pieces of what Elliott and Rossio wrote made it into the final film, enough for them to get a story credit).

But this Godzilla is...gooier. (I'll say no more about that aspect.) And monster-ier (Godzilla fights a giant alien! In lower Manhattan, so, yeah, watch out for accidental and unintentional 9/11-ish imagery). And it includes a way to subdue Godzilla that I wasn't expecting -- yes, halfway through the script the humans stop Godzilla, if just temporarily -- and here's the image I'd heard about all the way back in the mid-90s from this script: an unconscious Godzilla being carried by a fleet of helicopters across the country, after he comes ashore near San Francisco. I CAN SO PICTURE GODZILLA BEING CARRIED BY HELICOPTERS. (In fact, I mentioned it in my mixed review of Emmerich and Devlin's Godzilla. I described it as like "Gulliver in a flying hammock...")