Godzilla is king of the monsters and sometime protector of the planet Earth, but at some point he’s got to grow old. The company Original Force (is that like a Star Wars reference?) wants to produce an animated feature about a Godzilla-like kaiju hitting his senior years. Currently titled “Oldzilla,” it’s not about the Toho-owned creature, but rather about King Saurus, the self-proclaimed “Lord of the Stomp.”
There’s no intel if King Saurus will be dancing and one imagines that if the Lord of the Stomp decided to hit the boards for some percussive dance steps the Richter scale would go wild. What Original Force has revealed is that King is vain enough to wear a “scale toupee” and wastes his days watching old newsreels of his wild destructive days of his youth. He moves to senior Chinese monster community called Fading Fast which is based, where else? The Bermuda Triangle.
After all those nights re-arranging towns and causing major mayhem, King want to have one last adventure: Cause havoc at the grand opening of a megastore called Rump Mart in the sin city of the East Coast–Atlantic City. With him, Icarose and Birdy, a married senior monster couple, come along for one last stomping good time. Of course, the world has its own heroes and the owner of Rump Mart, Ronald Rump calls King’s old nemesis out of retirement and into action. The elderly Chinese monster hunter, Dai Anu. Anu, along with his daughter and granddaughter, arrive for this final face off. The projected release date is 2018.
“OldZilla” is written by Bob Bendetson and Art Everett, directed by Bob Bendetson and produced by Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Bendetson served as a writer for “The Simpsons” for three seasons, he was nominated for an Emmy in 1994 for “Home Improvement” for Outstanding Comedy and again in 1990 for “Newhart.” The writer Everett, wrote for “Married…with Children,” “Coach,” and “Home Improvement.”
Original Force is based in China, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Europe and has an office for its film division in Culver City. Original Force was founded in 1999 by president and CEO Harley Zhao. Its art team has created in-game animation and effects for titles such as “Grand Theft Auto V,” “Need for Speed: The Run,” “League of Legends,” and “The Sims 3.”
The Los Angeles facility is under Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins who have overseen animated features such as “Shrek,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “The Prince of Egypt.” It was the lead animation shop chosen by DreamWorks Animation for the TV spin-off for the 2011 Oscar-nominated feature “How to Train Your Dragon” : “Dragons: Riders of Berk.”
Other animated features in production include “Duck, Duck Goose,” a tale about a bachelor goose who is injured and takes two ducklings under his care. Threatened by predators and unable to fly, the threesome take on a perilous journey to rejoin their flocks. In development an animated feature, “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,” which is based on Grace Lin’s Newbery Award-winning book about a young girl seeking out the Old Man in the Moon to ask him how to change her family’s fortune. On her way, she meets a dragon, monkeys and a talking goldfish.