Cliffhangers that never got resolved

‘Godzilla’ (1998)

The people behind 1998’s Godzilla revival clearly felt they had a franchise on their hands, considering how they ended the film on a big cliffhanger. Godzilla was dead and all its eggs were destroyed, but at the very end, we see a baby dinosaur hatching from an egg everyone missed. This was hinting at a sequel where, according to a supposed story treatment from screenwriter Tab Murphy (posted online at SciFiJapan), Godzilla’s kid would grow to battle a giant monster insect called, politely enough, the Queen Bitch. Probably that was just a placeholder name, but still. Nice.

But we’ll never know for sure if that was the sequel’s plot because the original turned out to be terrible and virtually nobody cared to see the American Godzilla ever again. By the time we forgot another Godzilla movie, it was the classic Japanese version, leaving the American version, now nicknamed “Zilla,” to gather dust. It did, however, reappear in 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars, only for the real Godzilla to obliterate it in about 30 seconds. Curiously, that’s also the amount of time most people needed to forget the 1998 movie.