Thursday, April 15, 2010

New 'Godzlla 94' Art From Todd Tennant - Is There A Graphic Novel On The Way?

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Todd Tennant

If anybody from Legendary Pictures or Warner Bros. is reading this? Take a good long look at the image to the left.

Now that's what Godzilla is supposed to look like!

Now, before anybody gets the wrong idea, this is not the new Godzilla design for the American "Godzilla 2012" movie.

It is graphic artist Todd Tennant's concept of what the Godzilla would have, or should have, looked like in Tristar's unmade "Godzilla 1994" film.

You know, the one that the studio passed on to make Roland Emmerich's "GINO 98" mess instead.

Yes, I know, it's a shame.

But fear not, Todd has been working on a "Godzilla 94" online comic for the past few years, and let me say, it is pretty spectacular!

Taken straight from writers, Rossio and Elliott's unused script, Todd's "G94" work paints a very vivid picture of af a great Godzilla movie that, unfortunately, will never be produced.

At present Todd has gotten to the best action sequences from the project, where Godzilla has risen out of San Francisco bay and is taking on the military.

Pretty damn cool stuff!

With a lot of talk being bantered about, mostly by yours truly, about the possibility of San Francisco being used as a local for "Godzilla 2012", Todd's latest work may be a preview of things to come.

That is if Legendary Pictures opts to use the city in their film. If not, then the citizens of the Bay Area can rest easy, your city only gets trampled in comic book form.

If you are a comic book fan, a Godzilla fan, or both, then you need to give Todd's "G94" online comic a look see.

Go To Godzilla 1994

But wait....there's more...

Todd Tennant did such a good job on Washington based comic book publisher, Blue Water Productions, "It Came From Beneath the Sea......Again!", based on the 1955 Columbia Pictures movie, "It Came from Beneath the Sea", which was produced by Charles Schneer and featured the stop-motion effects work of Ray Harryhausen, that they are trying to get the rights to publish "G94".

That's right, Blue Water, is trying to contact Toho to secure the rights to publish a "Godzilla 1994" comic.

But, things have been moving slowly on that front.

Todd explains, "I think it's probably due to the upcoming new Legendary GODZILLA 'reboot', but he (Darren Davis of Blue Water Productions) seems to be having trouble getting through to Toho. Hopefully Toho (and Legendary) will realize that the added publicity of a G'94 graphic novel would help bring attention to their new movie if nothing else. We're trying our best, and if it's meant to happen, it will happen. We'll see..."

I think that I echo every fan's feelings when I say that a "Godzilla 94" graphic novel, produced by Todd and Blue Water would absolutely friggin rule!

Let's keep our fingers crossed on that one.

Regardless of whether "G94" gets the green light or not, Todd's great artwork from "It Came From Beneath the Sea....Again!" will be featured in a new graphic novel from Blue Water, due out this August.

Here are several pages of Todd's "G94" online comic:









5 comments:

  1. I'll always see Godzilla as he looked in the Heisei era. Definately the 1991 'Ghidogoji' suit. However for the modern era a cross between that and the GMK design would work!

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  2. I like the Godzilla vs Biollante suit better, Almost completely alike but there are differences.

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  3. Wonderful Pictures. Very Cool and colorful. I love it. I seriously started collecting many Godzilla Toys after all I became a very big fan of the Godzilla, a very big heroic monster.

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  4. The post seems to be so cool and interesting. Well, thanks for the info. By the way I have recently bought some nice toys of Godzilla from godzilla-toys.net. There I found various godzilla toys and figures.

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  5. wow, amazing artwork ^_^
    I hope the Legendary Picture's Gojira reboot will
    be true to the Toho films and not campy like the GINO version in 1998

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"LEGENDARY PICTURES TO DEVELOP AND PRODUCE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE BASED ON TOHO COMPANY’S ICONIC MONSTER, GODZILLA

Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

"Godzilla" is coming back -- this time, with Legendary Pictures taking the lead, co-producing and co-financing with Warner Bros. for release in 2012.

Legendary announced Monday it had obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan's Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 "Godzilla" films. Toho will release the pic in Japan.

Legendary said it's planning to announce a director shortly.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will exec produce.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

Legendary noted the film will fall under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary's productions with Warners have included "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover."

Speculation about a new "Godzilla" has been active since last summer. The Bloody Disgusting web site reported in August that the project was in development.