David S. Goyer Will Script ‘Godzilla’ Reboot

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 9:37 am,

David S. Goyer is one of the better-known names in the comic book movie biz, having collaborated with Christopher Nolan on the scripts for all three of his Batman movies, and being the writer for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel reboot. Now he’s been recruited for another writing job that involves rebooting a longtime popular franchise, Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla revamp.

Gareth Edwards is the man calling the shots on the new Godzilla, which will attempt to kick off a new series of films featuring the Japanese monster in a more successful fashion than Roland Emmerich’s critically-despised 1998 film did.

Deadline is reporting that Goyer will work from an earlier draft of the Godzilla screenplay penned by David Callaham, the co-writer of the 2005 Doom movie and The Expendables. Needless to say, Goyer being onboard for this reboot is generally being received as good news.

However, despite some shining credentials on his resume, Goyer’s previous filmography has tended to be hit or miss. His script collaborations with top-notch directors like Chris Nolan, Guillermo del Toro (Blade II) or Alex Proyas (Dark City) tend to turn out quite well; when Goyer directs his own screenplay (Blade: Trinity, The Unborn), the results have generally been pretty lackluster.

Point being: Edwards has already earned a small but loyal cult following, due to his work on the clever indie sci-fi project Monsters, and has already expressed his determination to deliver a quality Godzilla reboot. So this reads as a potential new addition to the list of good Goyer projects.

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Outside of the original 1954 film, most Godzilla movies have generally been less allegorical in design and more campy adventures that feature an actor in a rubber suit as the titular radioactive creature, doing battle with similarly silly bizarre creatures brought to life using practical effects. Emmerich’s 1998 film differed with its use of CGI, but was nonetheless just as goofy (but, most agree, in a less charming way) than its lower-budgeted predecessors.

It seems much more likely that Goyer and Edwards will go the route of the original Godzilla film, by approaching the story of a monster wreaking havoc against humanity in a dead-serious manner. Monsters is an excellent example of how a movie featuring fantastical sci-fi creatures can still function as a character-driven piece; all the same, Edwards will certainly up the action ante significantly in his first big-budget project. Hopefully, the flick will retain some semblance of intelligence after the fact – or, at the very least, not be as dumb as Emmerich’s movie.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of the Godzilla reboot as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. My hope for this film just dropped.

    • I think we need to wait and see more, Ghost. Let’s all not catch the cynicism bug just yet!

      • I’m not saying this film will be horrible, but Goyer has shown to have more misses than hits.

  2. I will keep my judgement till at least a teaser trailer or screen shots are made.

  3. This reboot needs to take place in japan. America has enough monsters!

    • that’s what i’ve been saying for years. the reason i really liked district 9 is because it’s set in south africa. i love you, america, but gojira belongs in japan.

      • +1

  4. David S. Goyer is a bad director but a great writer.

    I hope this reboot will work because Godzilla is a legendary character and should be scary as Cloverfield.

    If the film takes a dark tone, then this might work out well.

    • his not a great screen writer he got idea and do a outline to the screenplay but he is not a great writer

      • Thank you

    • No, hes a bad writer too.

    • Cloverfield? Scary? Okay, I can agree that it had the right tone to keep one on the edge of their seat… I’ll give you that. At least until it fell utterly flat when the creature finally showed itself. It was not anatomically believable, and looked dorky. For a horror film to work effectively, the atmosphere/tone has to be right, but so does the believability of the monster. It left me thinking “great buildup, but such a waste. Tsk tsk.

      As far as Godzilla goes, I agree, he is classic, and should be the scary and dangerous creature that he is.

      • PS: I thought that Emmerich’s Godzilla was a refreshing update to the Godzilla mythos. It brought a much needed dose of reality to the monster. While I love the fun old version of a gigantic, clumsy, heel-stepping, tail-dragging, city-smashing, fire-breathing, spinally bioluminescent, allosaurus/stegosaurus hybrid (Whew, say that 5x fast!), it was nice to finally see a Godzilla that might actually exist in real life, based on (reasonably) sound scientific data. It just adds diversity and imagination to a great concept.

        • Jared, buddy, I don’t mean to bring you down, but I think a lot of people are overstating that movie’s supposed “realism.” The science there is just as flawed in the original, and I feel as though the original movie recognized that it wasn’t realistic and allowed itself that creative freedom to interject more imaginative elements. And while those imaginative elements were always absurd, there was an occasional flash of brilliance which kept me coming back to the series. To me removing that extra dose of imagination fails to make it any more realistic, so much as it is boring. Don’t get me wrong, the remake still has that occassional flash of brilliance, but it’s mostly towards the first act, and the rest is so busy trying to look realistic that it nutors itself. If you ask me the big factor that brings down all of Roland Emmerich’s movies is that his build up is superb, but his pay off is always underwhelming.

  5. That’s all well and good but the point is Godzilla is the main star of the show – not campy wanna be comedic actors or sideshow alien anti-heroes with only like 15 total minutes of Godzilla thrown in to keep the title going.

    • Where are you getting the misplaced idea that this is how Godzilla will be portrayed? Just because that’s how Monsters was done doesn’t mean that’s the route they will be going with this film. Monsters had a micro budget and was reflected in the FX but I can guarantee you Godzilla will be MUCH bigger.

      If Goyer can write both The Dark Knight and Blade II (the best of the series by far imho) then I have confidence he will be an asset to this film. Just keep a pen in his hand and don’t give him a camera 😉

  6. Who wants a “serious” Godzilla film? I like my Godzilla movies with plenty of action and lots of camp. Honestly, that’s what makes “Godzilla” movies what they are.

  7. Godzilla is a campy pop culture Icon and should be treated as such. That is why he is soooo great. The original Godzilla film is actually very boring. It may be the original, but why try to ape the weakest film in the collection.

    I bought “Monsters” on DVD the other day. Yeah, they did keep the monster plot device in the background (which is fine), but they filled the rest of the film with a pointless, un-involving, non-story with one particularly unlikeable character. Hardly a successful approach in my eyes.

    • “weakest film in the collection”?
      Are you talking about the crassly vulgar and butchered Americanized version with Raymond Burr?

      Because the original uncut Japanese version is ANYTHING but “very boring”.

      • Why all the Burr hate? The man put in a great performance, and the treatment of the film was actually quite clever, and actually tightened up the pacing. Besides that, fans the world over owe the Americanization for the Godzilla series’ popularity on a whole.

  8. i cant wait for this film! every addition is great, and every news brings us closer to this film being made, which in turn will hopefully convince toho to make another one like they did after GINO and made Godzilla 2000.

  9. I like the silly Godzilla movies, but I think I’m a bigger fan of the more serious efforts like the original, some in the Heisei era, and GMK. Anybody here see Shuske Kaneko’s Gamera movies? I’m still hoping to see another Kaneko Godzilla movie someday.

  10. may I make a suggestion?

    word of the day: eponymous

    it’s a nice substitute for the far over-utilized “titular”.

  11. please keep in mind what made godzilla famous? which version people want to see. please no cgi king kong crapfest

    • You know what’s really sad? The movie that made Godzilla popular in the US was Godzilla vs. Megalon, which is (IMO) the WORST of the entire franchise. Please don’t go that route. Make it dark, like Gojira.

  12. Hollywood has become SAD.

  13. Yes! This is wonderful news! Goyer is gonna do the same with Godzilla as he did with Batman, bringing the character back to his dark origins. David S. Goyer is gonna give the monster justice! My faith in this movie just keeps getting higher and higher.

  14. this does not have to be a reboot! i cant understand why everyone is copying each other and the only ones that are not doing are the makers of the thing prequel, without the luxury of a big budget…

    • You do know that the Godzilla franchise in Japan has already essentially rebooted itself several times already, right? The Heisei era completely ignored the entire Showa era, except for the first film. And every movie in the Millennium era (except for Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, which Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. is a sequel to) ignored all canon except for the first film. So if you’re suggesting a sequel or a prequel, rather than a reboot, then which canon should they adhere to? There are about 8 to choose from, from the Toho films anyway. Personally, I always wanted to see Shusuke Kaneko do a sequel to GMK, which was itself only a sequel to the original film.

  15. You cant please everyone!!! But as long as there is plenty of destruction and Godzilla is a unstoppable force of nature, I will be happy!!

  16. I think it’s great Godzilla is coming back and he needs to be redeemed after the american version turned him into a over sized lizard with nothing but stomping around town with mathew brodrick. Godzilla is a cult classic and needs to be seen as such, can’t wait to see him on screen in 2012

    THEN DO IT:)
    WAS COOL*****************

  18. i would like to see reboots of king kong vs. Godzilla as well as rodan I agree toho never knew how big Gozilla would be I don’t believe ithey should keep him alive as long as they can