Godzilla is a 1998 American science fiction monster film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich and a reimagining of Toho's Godzilla franchise. It is the 23rd film in the Godzilla franchise and the first Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. It stars Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn and Jean Reno. This film was a co-production between Centropolis Entertainment and TriStar Pictures, with TriStar distributing theatrically, and Sony Pictures Entertainment for home media. It also marks the only time that producer Devlin and director Emmerich worked on an intellectual property (IP) not of their own. The film is dedicated to the memory of Godzilla franchise producer and creator Tomoyuki Tanaka, who died during the film's production. and grossed $136 million domestically and $379 million worldwide at the end of its theatrical run. Planned sequels were abandoned and an animated series was produced instead.
This film was released in May 20, 1998 to negative reviews from critics and fans In later years, Toho (the Godzilla IP owners) officially retconned TriStar's Godzilla as "Zilla" for future appearances. The character has since appeared in other media as "Zilla".