Gareth Edwards‘ reboot of Godzilla just got a monster screenwriting boost, but there could be a rampage behind the scenes. First, the good news: Deadline reports that Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) has come on board to do a final rewrite on the script, which was previously written by Max Borenstein (Seventh Son). That’s not intended to slight Borenstein’s script (which I haven’t read), but I have faith in Darabont even though he seemed to struggle with The Walking Dead in its first season. Nevertheless, the guy has a great track record with Shawshank, The Green Mile, and The Mist. I assume that his involvement in Godzilla means the entire movie will be about the importance of hope or else monsters will obliterate everything you know and love.
While Darabont is working on bringing drama to the screen, drama is already brewing behind the scenes between Legendary Pictures and producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Hit the jump for more. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
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.
With Disney’s intergalactic epic John Carter opening this weekend, you would think the studio would have had their fill of sci-fi fare for the time being. Apparently that’s not the case as we’re getting reports that they’ve just tapped The Seventh Son scribe, Max Borenstein to pen their sci-fi space adventure, Paladin. Details are short on the project at the moment and the logline is being kept under wraps, but THR reports that the studio did stress that it is in the realm of a big, epic adventure. Disney also recently picked up an untitled original sci-fi story from Chronicle scribe, Max Landis that involves a brother and sister venturing out into space. Both of these projects are in addition to the planned Dan Harris (Superman Returns) adaptation of Hover Car Racer. It seems that, regardless of John Carter’s performance at the box office this weekend, Disney is in the space race for the foreseeable future.
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.