One of the great surprises at Comic-Con this summer was an unannounced look at director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla. Legendary unveiled a teaser reel of footage that Edwards put together to pitch his vision for the film, and the result was a chilling, grounded, destruction-filled world in which the monstrous beast had wreaked havoc on everything in sight. The overwhelmingly positive response put the project on the fast track, and just a few weeks ago a May 2014 release date was announced.
Though the project has three credited screenwriters—David Callaham (The Expendables films), David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son)—word now comes that Legendary has brought in Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce for yet another rewrite. Hit the jump for more.
Per Variety, Pearce has been hired to do a four-week polish on the script. Legendary tells the outlet that the rewrite has nothing to do with major problems, but is being done “to age up the characters so that they fit the prototype of the actors they would like to target.” I guess that means we’re in for a tentpole film that’s not filled with early twentysomethings or teenagers? This is a rather confusing explanation for the rewrite, but I’m inclined to trust that Legendary head and Godzilla producer Thomas Tull has only the best intentions for the project.
Pearce turned in a supposedly great script for Iron Man 3 and he’s currently working on the script for Sherlock Holmes 3, so at least they’ve got a talented guy onboard. Godzilla has been in development for quite a while, so one would think they got all the major kinks worked out long ago.
The story is still under wraps, but Edwards said at Comic-Con that his goal was to take the project seriously, adding, “There’s nothing sci-fi; it’s very grounded and realistic.” The footage was almost harrowing in the way that Edwards approached the massive destruction left in the wake of the beast, so hopefully we’re in for a truly great monster movie. Godzilla opens on May 16th, 2014.