Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have just announced director Gareth Edwards Godzilla will be released on May 16, 2014 and it’s expected to be in 3D. According to the press release, the script is written by by David Callaham (The Expendables films), David S. Goyer (the Dark Knight trilogy) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). In addition, the studio says they “will return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner.”
Right now Godzilla is being released on the same day as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the week after will see the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However, 2014 is a long time away and many release dates will be adjusted as more films get announced. Hit the jump for the press release.
David Goyer is set to write Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot. Deadline reports that Goyer will write a screenplay based off a draft by David Callaham. While Mike Fleming raves about how Legendary Pictures is smart to get a pro like Goyer on board because he’s had so much success launching franchises, but let’s look at the films Goyer directed because those are the scripts that are almost certainly 100% his: Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn. All of those movies are terrible. What about his ABC series Flash Forward? Also terrible, and then rightfully canceled. Yes, Goyer has a track record of having a screenwriting credit on movies that make a lot of money, but that doesn’t mean he writes good movies.
I’m also wary that “Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible,” because that’s not what I want out of a Godzilla movie. You can have authentic characters, but I don’t want “authenticity” out of a giant mutant lizard whose hobbies include destroying metropolitan areas and fighting other giant monsters.
20th Century Fox has picked up a pitch for an untitled sci-fi adventure project that Terminator Salvation director McG will produce and possibly direct. Deadline reports that details on the plot are scarce, but David Callaham has been hired to write the screenplay. Callaham’s previous credits include Doom and The Expendables, but I’ll try not to let my negative feelings towards those films sour me on this new endeavor since I don’t know how much of Callaham’s script ended up on screen.
If McG chooses to direct this untitled project, it will be a while before it heads into production. While he recently wrapped on the action-romantic-comedy This Means War starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy, McG is also attached to direct the board-game movie Ouija, which is currently set for release on November 9, 2012.