The Godzilla Novelization Project

I have to say, working on the research for this project had been a blast. This latest batch of added information has been gleaned from analysis of an early shooting script and several newly acquired publications released in 1998 to market the film and its animated sequel. The script in particular has been absolutely fascinating to study, as it contains a few minor differences from the final script that went before the cameras, including deleted sequences, character names/backgrounds, and some details that ended up influencing the plot of Godzilla: The Series. For example, did you ever wonder why Colonel Hicks was suddenly a Major in the show? This early script has the answer to this mystery and others, and more revelations are being added to the Timeline as they are discovered!

With new material from which to pull info (including the aforementioned script and Godzilla: The Movie Scrapbook, to name a few examples), the Sony Timeline will be receiving regular updates for quite a while. Expect larger updates to be noted here on the main page, and stay tuned for more additions to other parts of the GNP in the near future!

Long story short, the Sony Timeline has been updated yet again! The additions this time around include info and events from the 6th, 7th, and 8th episodes of Godzilla: The Series: “Cat & Mouse” (in which Godzilla hunts mutant rats through Manhattan as a trio of redneck poachers attempt to hunt him!), “Leviathan” (in which H.E.A.T. encounters the occupants of a sunken alien craft in a story that sets up the brilliant “Monster Wars” story arc later in the series), and “What Dreams May Come” (which tells the tale of an electromagnetic monster literally dreamed into existence by the subconscious mind of a mentally disturbed insomniac). There was a LOT of cool info to catalogue in these three episodes, including info on the history of the Leviathan aliens, some analysis of the repair work still being done in New York following the first Godzilla’s rampage, and the (unsurprising) revelation that Craven is highly allergic to rat dander! (Am I the only one who genuinely enjoys inconsequential minutiae like this?)

During my wonderful weekend at last month’s G-FEST XXV in Chicago, I met up with kaiju enthusiasts/historians/hosts of Kaijuvision Radio Brian Scherschel and Nate Marchand for an in-depth interview on the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT. It was a surreal thrill to be asked to appear as a guest on their podcast (a show I listen to often and use as research for the GNP), and a wonderful time was had by all! Brian and Nate prepared a series of awesome questions for me to answer, and OH BOY did I answer them! I don’t think my mouth closed for the entire duration of the interview, which clocks in at nearly two hours in length! During that time we discussed my writing process and inspiration, my history of loving Godzilla, my goals for the project, the challenges and rewards of taking on such a massive endeavor, and our mutual love of kaiju history, MST3K, and Sean Connery impressions. In short, it was a BLAST.

So, without further ado, follow this link to the KaijuVision website and check out the interview! (And while you’re there, be sure to check out Brian and Nate’s backlog of excellently researched episodes, each of which analyzes the historical and cultural value/significance of a different Godzilla movie. These guys know their stuff, and I guarantee you’ll learn something(s) both new and fascinating!)

And not just because of the camaraderie, the incredible work that is put into making the show so wonderful, and, of course, getting to meet my childhood heroes face to face. This year was special because, for the first time, I was actively promoting myself. I was there to represent a massive writing project in probably the single best place to promote a Godzilla-related creative endeavor.

4) I made some important and exciting connections with researchers in the field of kaiju history, including the incredibly generous John LeMay, author of several exhaustively researched books on the history of Japanese giant monster films! I’ve loved John’s work for a long time now, and his works (especially The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films) are essential reading for any kaiju lover. As anyone who has read The Lost Films knows, John has acquired a staggering amount of material pertaining to kaiju movie scripts and deleted/altered scenes. Needless to say, any help he can give me will only make anything I write better, and his offer of assistance to me was appreciated beyond words.

5) I was able to connect with some potential merchandising partners! Producing GNP-related swag (t-shirts, keychains, coffee mugs, stickers, etc.) has been a goal of mine since launching the project, and now that my audience is growing, the possibility of creating some of these items (perhaps as Patreon rewards for supporters) is starting to look more and more likely. Nothing is set in stone yet, but thanks to a few generous individuals who’ve expressed interest in helping me, the future is looking bright for GNP merch!

For the uninitiated, KaijuVision Radio is a massive – and highly entertaining – labor of love for its duo of hosts. They’ve exhaustively analyzed the entire Godzilla series in chronological order, focusing on the economic, political, and cultural factors that’ve shaped even the silliest of the Monster King’s films over the decades. The amount of research that goes into each episode is staggering, and the information is truly fascinating. In fact, several of their episodes have become crucial research elements to me as I continue my writing for this project. Check out their website here, and give them a listen!

And with that, my wall of text has reached its conclusion. This was a long post, but hopefully an enjoyable one to read! Before I go, I’d like to once again express my sincere gratitude to everyone who took interest in the GODZILLA NOVELIZATION PROJECT over this last weekend, and to all of you reading these words right now. Your support truly means the world to me, and I hope I can continue to be worthy of it.