Revive the 1998 TriStar Godzilla Trilogy (with "GODZILLA 2")
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TriStar Pictures' 1998 blockbuster GODZILLA by director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin was the first ever Hollywood production featuring the popular Godzilla character first introduced by Toho in the 1954 classic Godzilla, and the new film presented the character in a unique way adapted for modern audiences with a new updated and more menacing design, and it became the highest grossing Godzilla film to date (adjusted for inflation) as well as the face of the character for audiences outside of Japan and the traditional films by Toho for years to come, and it introduced whole new generations to the franchise and even drew in audiences which previously didn't find the Godzilla character very appealing.
Ever since then, the fanbase that formed around the 1998 film had been hoping for years to experience the sequel hinted at during the climax of the film and which the crew behind the film had planned to be followed up by two more movies (making up a trilogy which could have ended up featuring some of Toho's own monsters with the third film), even with a script treatment for the second film already being written by Tab Murphy, all while an animated adaptation acting as a follow-up aired on television through the highly praised GODZILLA: The Series which ran for two seasons between 1998 and 2000 before its unfortunate cancellation due to contract restrictions.
Although these sequel plans were eventually sadly cancelled when Sony's rights to utilize the character expired in 2003. That was a year before Toho's last traditional Godzilla film titled Godzilla: Final Wars hit theatres in 2004 during the character's 50th anniversary, even featuring a new incarnation of the TriStar Godzilla as part of this celebration, before the franchise went on a hiatus until Legendary Pictures revived the franchise with their own cinematic universe, called the Monsterverse and including Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
Now the fanbase is once again kindly asking that GODZILLA 2 (and ideally GODZILLA 3) would once again enter production and finally be realized on the big screen, especially as the fanbase has grown larger over the years and even now includes many fans of the traditional Godzilla by Toho who previously held a rather negative attitude towards the TriStar Godzilla but are now more accepting and appreciating towards it, even acknowledging that without the TriStar Godzilla we would probably never have gotten either the Millennium era of Godzilla films nor the Monsterverse franchise (along with a lot of other things) that we currently enjoy.
There is certainly a lot to be grateful for, and I can't think of any better celebration of this legacy than to finally release and complete the TriStar trilogy as originally planned, which would have significantly improved upon the TriStar Godzilla by making it more like its Japanese counterpart while expanding the universe for greater stories at the same time. Let's continue where we left off, and relive some good old nostalgia and reunite with the old characters and awesome monsters we came to love during the TriStar era of Godzilla's history. Let's make our voice heard, let's bring the TriStar trilogy back to life and better than ever, and let's always celebrate 1998 as the year of GODZILLA!
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