Unfortunately, most of these factual projects are often too obscure to get the facts straight, and / or heavily bog down by fan-fiction style nonsense.
For example, "It Ate Cleveland", which was a spoof of monster movies in general, complete with its own fully original title beast, is often cited as another dropped Godzilla film, based on the Golan-Globus's foolish title change to "Godzilla vs. Cleveland" (more info on that here [link])
But one unmade film and related monster who perhaps suffered the most, as far as online obscurity goes, would have to be the semi-tragic Takegami, code name 'M', from the un-filmed 1999-2000 story treatment that would ultimately evolved into "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack" (2001).
Takegami is perhaps better known by his fan-created name of Uchujin, from the popular web-site Toho Kingdom ([link]), but the following information comes from the magazine "Japanese Giants".
Takegami is a space shuttle astronaut, who is rescued from a strange accident while orbiting Earth's atmosphere. And during his hospitalization, begins to transform internally. Not wanting his daughter Yumi to suffer from these turn of events, Takegami flees, and goes into hiding within the forests surrounding Mt. Fuji - the fabled Sea of Trees. Yumi eventually tracks down her missing father, only to discover that the incident has mutated him into a giant monster. But thankfully one that has still retained his memories and soul, not to mention existing love, for his daughter Yumi.
And just in time too, for the villainous monster Godzilla has returned to menace Japan (and possibly the rest of the world) once again. Takegami, whose monster form is simply referred to as 'M' in the outline, goes forth to battle Godzilla. But unlike the heroic Guardians of Yamato from the finished 2001 version, Takegami / M actually succeeds against Godzilla, despite briefly getting killed and then resurrected, thanks to Yumi's life-force (though I'm unsure wither or not she survives this ordeal).
The movie ends with Takegami / M disappearing into the sea with Godzilla's beaten body in tow.
Despite the victorious outcome, director Shusuke Kaneko (of 1990's Gamera trilogy fame) felt the concept was too grim for a New Year's season event feature. So the story treatment was revised into "Baragon, Varan, Aguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack - Godzilla 2002". And that concept, with the insanely longwinded title (even by Japanese standards), was revised yet again, replacing both Varan and Anguirus with the far more marketable characters of King Ghidorah and Mothra for the final 2001 film.
Now I should note that the Takegami / M character and storyline is very similar to the classic Ultraman monster dubbed Jamilla ([link]), which ironically was also the basis for Toho Kingdom's current version of the character (well, Jamilla's American look from "Ultraman Powered" that is). This may have also been an added factor in Shusuke Kaneko abandoning the mutant astronaut storyline.
Now to the best of my knowledge, there in no existing concept art made for Takegami / M, so I had to do some educated guess work for my own attempt seen above. And with that said, I too am guilty of aping Jamilla, although my version was done as if he was designed by the same effect team behind Legion and Iris, from Kaneko's Gamera films.
I hope you enjoyed this piece for both its visual content and (hopefully) educational value. But than again, it is Godzilla trivia, so its not ALL that important (yeah, you just keep telling yourself that, Enshohma).
Big thanks to for help on the picture's line work.
"An astronaut named Takegami returns to Japan, although he has been, unknowingly, infected by a new virus during his travels. Over time, the man realizes that his body is starting to go through startling changes, and decides to flee before his daughter might make the same discovery. Shortly after leaving, reports start to pour in of an unknown creature seen residing in the Mt. Fuji area that is simply dubbed "M". However, the sightings are dwarfed by the discovery of an advancing Godzilla on the sea floor, not far from the coast of Japan. The Japanese military, part of the Republic of Japan, quickly deploys its forces in an attempt to keep it from coming ashore, but are too late. Fortunately, after the nuclear leviathan destroys a fleet of helicopters, Godzilla disappears underground.
Meanwhile, near Mt. Fuji the astronaut's daughter searches for the mysterious new creature in the area, on a hunch that it might be connected with the disappearance of her father. She discovers the beast, who acts kindly toward her. After spending time with it, she eventually realizes that this creature is, in fact, her father.
Not too much later, Godzilla reemerges from the Earth through a subway system. The astronaut monster M rushes to the scene and attacks Godzilla full on. While this is happening, the astronaut's daughter approaches the Japanese military and warns them that the new creature is her father. The military scoff at the notion, and quickly attack both creatures. The space monster then becomes quickly out matched by Godzilla, and is wounded badly during the confrontation. The beast then abruptly retreats back to the Fuji forest, leaving Godzilla to destroy Japan.
And, about the data, here are some details:
After being awarded the chance to direct the next Godzilla film following the completion of Pyrokinesis (2000), Shusuke Kaneko began quickly working on concepts to base his production around. His first idea was Godzilla VS. Kamacuras, a movie in which Godzilla faced off with the Kamacuras from Monster Island's Decisive Battle: Son Of Godzilla (1967). Kaneko was eager to breath life into the mantis design through heavy CGI work. After learning the insect Meganulon was the basis of Godzilla X Megaguirus: G Extermination Strategy (2000), though, the director quickly pivoted to search for something more original.
This led to Kaneko's first fleshed out story for his 2001 Godzilla film, in which Godzilla does battle with an astronaut turned uchujin (space alien) dubbed "M". Kaneko worked on a couple of drafts for the idea, the last one he created made full use of the Millennium concept with an alternate reality where Japan had become the "Republic of Japan" with a large military at its disposal rather than a Self Defense Force. However, Kaneko finally dropped the idea, feeling the story was too depressing for the type of movie he wanted to make, and instead began work on a more lavish concept titled as "Godzilla X Varan, Baragon, Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!", which will be later "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!".
Well, altought I liked GMK, but, by this interesting proposed plot, I think that Shusuke Kaneko could make this film, if not before, but at least after GMK...I hope after Godzilla Resurgence (if Toho decides to continue with its saga), if Kaneko returns to make a Godzilla film, I hope he could considerate making it...
After being awarded the chance to direct the next Godzilla film following the completion of Pyrokinesis (2000), Kaneko began quickly working on concepts to base his production around. His first idea was Godzilla vs. Kamacurus, a movie in which Godzilla faced off with the Kamacuras from Son of Godzilla (1967). Kaneko was eager to breath life into the mantis design through heavy CGI work. After learning the insect Meganulon was the basis of Godzilla (2000), though, the director quickly pivoted to search for something more original. This led to Kaneko's first fleshed out story for his 2001 Godzilla film, in which Godzilla does battle with an astronaut turned uchujin (space alien) dubbed "M". Kaneko worked on a couple of drafts for the idea, the last one he created made full use of the Millennium concept with an alternate reality where Japan had become the "Republic of Japan" with a large military at its disposal rather than a Self Defense Force. However, Kaneko finally dropped the idea, feeling the story was too depressing for the type of movie he wanted to make, and instead began work on a more lavish concept: Godzilla X Varan, Baragon, and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All Out Attack. (And I want that movie to happen so bad!)
And great job on Takegumi, very unearthly design, befitting his background as an unlucky mutated astronaut, which I agree sounds ALOT like the Ultraman kaiju Jamila, one of the more memorable Ultra kaiju and tragic character. Personally, I think that while Takegumi would have been rather unique amongst Toho Kaiju, I'm ultimately glad that they went with the Yamato Guardians angle instead. My reasons being...
1) Takegumi sounds WAY too much like Jamila
2) I would NOT have been pleased to see the Big G lose to a mutated space jockey XD, Gojira's gotta come out on top! >8D
That being said, I still think Varan, Baragon, & Anguirus would have been better guardians, though I admit Anguirus may have been harder to pass off as a mystical beast instead of a prehistoric dino, and I DID enjoy seeing Godzilla barbeque Mothra, mahahaha! >8D
don't get me wrong, GMK is a very enjoyable film, I certainly like it, even if I don't find Ghidorah very convincing as a "benevolent guardian kaiju." I liked seeing Baragon again, Godzilla's new scary self with his incredibly super powered atomic breath, and the amazing fight scenes
P.S. you should use Takegumi's design for an alien race character or something :3
We all love the King of the Monsters, but when he is clearly the 'heavy' of the movie, I'm more than cool with him being defeated in the end. It's a situation not unlike the extreme popularity of Batman villains over Batman himself, and how wrong it would ultimately be if his Rouges Gallery always came out on top against our hero.
And unlike the antagonist Godzilla of the 1950's and early 1960's, GMK Godzilla was a pure evil demon, and the forces of good needed to come out in the end, regardless which hero monsters answered such a call.
But again, I agree that Takegumi / M's extreme similarities with Jamilla is the main objection against the ultimately rejected character, and why he is best left that way.
"GMK" is a fantastic film, and a recent highlight for the overall Godzilla franchise, but it is without its noticeable flaws. And I agree the movie could have been stronger with more suitable opponents in Anguirus and Varan, over the miscast and out-of-character King Ghidorah in the finished version.
As for Takegumi / M's design, I've already found a far better use for it, and can't wait to share more when this little surprise can be fully revealed...