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.
This summer it was reported that David Goyer would write the Godzilla reboot brewing over at Legendary. The news gave Matt pause at the time, and I tend to agree. Goyer is hit (The Dark Knight) or miss (The Unborn), and its not entirely clear how responsible he is for the hits. We’ll have to find other things to worry about, though, since Heat Vision reports Legendary has hired Max Borenstein to write Godzilla. Wisely, Borenstein has not yet amassed a series of credits by which Matt and I would judge him. But you’ll see “Written by Max Borenstein” on a number of films over the next few years. He just turned in the latest draft of Art of the Steal to producers Zac Efron and Kevin McCormick. He entered into the Legendary family earlier this year with the assignment to rewrite The Seventh Son. Last (but certainly not least), Borenstein is working on the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi, also for Legendary. In other words, Borenstein is a fresh up-and-comer, which seems the right fit for director Gareth Edwards, who made waves in 2010 with his microbudget feature debut Monsters.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing alongside Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Brian Rogers. Warner Bros. will distribute Godzilla as part of their ongoing relationship with Legendary.
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.