'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Has Classic Ghidorah Attack, But New Titans Aren't Toho

Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty (Krampus, Trick 'r Treat) revealed some of the ways his new Godzilla will both honor the original Japanese movies from Toho and build its own mythology, expanding on the world of monsters established in 2014's Godzilla and 2017's Kong: Skull Island.

Godzilla-Movies picked up on a Dougherty interview in Japanese-language Movie Hidden Treasure Magazine, translated by Facebook Godzilla fan community Gormaru Island, in which the King of the Monsters director goes into the kaiju-scale influence the original movies had on his installment in the American reboot series.

In the interview, Dougherty describes how his King of the Monsters incorporates of Akira Ifukube's score from the original 1954 movie Gojira, and how an autographed photo of Haruo Nakajima, who played Godzilla in the first twelve Godzilla movies, presided over the filming. A moment of silence was shared on set when Nakajima died in August of 2017.

Dougherty also confirmed that Ghidorah's attacks are the very same "gravity beams" Godzilla's nemesis sprays in the Toho originals. "When the animators tried to make the gravity beams different, I would step in, with images in hand, of Ghidorah and the original gravity beams," Dougherty told Movie Hidden Treasure Magazine. (Translated into Japanese and back again, Dougherty's answers shouldn't be taken as direct quotes.)

Ghidorah can be seen using its yellow attack beam in a brief shot from the second trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters:


If Dougherty's take is as faithful to the original as it sounds in this interview, it's a good bet Ghidorah's gravity beam will have more of a destructive, lightning-like zigzag, as in this shot from a Toho original:

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Another major reveal from the interview offers some new insight into how Godzilla: King of the Monsters will build its own world of kaiju—or Titans, as they're known in the reboot series—adding monsters to the latest entry that aren't direct takes on Japanese originals. When the second trailer for King of the Monsters premiered in December, many speculated the two new Titans briefly seen in the trailer may be new interpretations of spider monster Kumonga, from Son of Godzilla (1967), and Anguirus, from Godzilla Raids Again (1955). Dougherty countered the speculation.

"There are no other Toho monsters appearing," Dougherty said of the topic of any new Titans in the movie, outside of the already-announced Godzilla, Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be out in theaters May 31, 2019.