1998’s Godzilla producer admits mistakes


Director Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla was not well received by many, but it did do well at the box office. In a recent Reddit AMA, producer/writer Dean Devlin had some time to talk about the giant monster movie.

Some of the criticisms he felt were warranted, while “some was an overreation.” He also revealed two mistakes he did for Godzilla:

There are 2 flaws, for me, in Godzilla, that really hurt the film. And both of those flaws I am responsible for. The first is we did not commit to anthropomorphizing Godzilla – meaning we did not decide if he was a heroic character, or a villainous character. We made the intellectual decision to have him be neither and just simply an animal trying to survive. This was a big mistake. The second mistake was deciding to exposit the characters’ background in the middle of the film rather than in the first act (where we always do). At the time we told the audience who these characters were, they had already made their minds up about them and we could not change that perception. These were 2 serious mistakes in the writing of the film, and I take full responsibility.

That’s admirable for him to admit his mistakes.

Devlin also had time to answer questions about Independence Day, particularly the scene where Jeff Goldblum’s character was able to corrupt an advanced alien ship with a computer virus.

Okay: what Jeff Goldblum’s character discovered was that the programming structure of the alien ship was a binary code. And as any beginning programmer can tell you, binary code is a series of ones and zeroes. What Goldblum’s character did was turn the ones into zeroes and the zeroes into ones, effectively reversing the code that was sent.

And there you have it. What do you think of his responses?

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