Godzilla is a 1998 science fiction monster film co-written and directed by Roland Emmerich. It is a reimagining of the Godzilla films series produced by Toho. The screenplay was written by Emmerich and Dean Devlin. The film tells the story of Dr. Niko Tatopoulos, played by Matthew Broderick, who is recruited by the military to help study and destroy a giant, mutant reptile created by French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. The cast also features Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Kevin Dunn and Jean Reno.