Godzilla fan Quentin Tarantino once made an ambitious bid for the titular monster, but the film itself has next to no chance of happening.


Quentin Tarantino once hit an incredible Godzilla movie – which will almost certainly never happen. Tarantino has plenty of famous unmade films in his back catalogue. Over the years he has flirted with everything from Kill Bill Vol 3 to Casino Royale and Killer crow. There are many genres that his fans would love to see him tackle, but since his next film will be his last, it means that his options are limited. It would be great to see a QT take on a slasher film or a sci-fi epic, but his plans for film 10 are currently unconfirmed.

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A Tarantino monster movie would also be a treat. He is a confirmed fan of Godzilla film, and in 2004 pitched EW (via The Quentin Tarantino Archive) his unique take on kaiju. Godzilla may be one of cinema’s most iconic monsters, but it took a long time for American filmmakers to crack the formula. The 1998s Godzilla by Roland Emmerich reduced him to a mute monster. The 2014 reboot kicked off Legendary’s MonsterVerse, and while those films have received mixed receptions, they’ve also all been successful. They followed the crude formula of the past Godzilla movie, but Tarantino had something more unique in mind.

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Tarantino’s Living Under the Rule of Godzilla explained

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Tarantino’s pitch really focused on the “god” in Godzilla, and how after saving humanity time and time again from giant monsters, he would come to be worshipped. The director told EWIt would be called Living Under the Rule of Godzilla. That’s what society is like when a big goddamn green lizard rules your world.” It seems Tarantino’s Godzilla the concept didn’t go beyond this pitch, or that he and Toho even talked about it. While this concept would have undoubtedly seen the titular kaiju monster fighting other monsters, it would have added an intriguing psychological edge to it.

Godzilla is essentially a force of nature, and while he has been portrayed as a heroic figure, most of his appearances make him indifferent to humanity. Naturally, humanity seeing him come forward to “defend” them so many times will no doubt lead to sects or religions springing up around him. Tarantino’s Living under Godzilla’s rule could have been a fascinating sometime in the style of the 2016s Shin Godzillawhich also took Toho’s creation but took a unique angle unrelated to any previous film.

Tarantino’s last film cannot be Godzilla

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Although he may have one more film planned before retirement, Tarantino’s Living under Godzilla’s rule it won’t be. While he had previously talked about directing adaptations of various films, shows, books, etc., it is the only one of Quentin Tarantino’s films not based on an original concept. Jackie Brown. In a November 2022 discussion with critic Elvis Mitchell (via Indiewire), Tarantino confirmed that his final film would be an original work and not based on any pre-existing properties. In short, it rules out Living under Godzilla’s rule or other projects such as First Blood remake or an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s stick.

Even if Tarantino wasn’t planning an original screenplay as his last hurrah, the fact that Legendary’s MonsterVerse saga is still ongoing would rule out the chances of him producing it in America. That said, he feels like the exact kind of filmmaker who would choose to head to Japan and make Living under Godzilla’s rule with Toho. The filmmaker is also becoming interested in directing streaming TV series, so perhaps the concept could live on in that format. But since QT has not commented on his Godzilla pitch for nearly two decades, it’s just easier to assume it won’t happen.

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