‘Godzilla’ Script Being Rewritten By ‘Iron Man 3′ Scribe

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:26 pm,

Godzilla Fan Art by Cheung Chungtat Godzilla Script Being Rewritten By Iron Man 3 Scribe

While the general public remains largely unaware, hardcore geeks and cinephiles who attended Comic-Con 2012 were pleasantly surprised by the unveiling of Legendary Pictures and director Gareth Edwards’ (Monsters) teaser reel for the upcoming Godzilla reboot.

Our own Rob Keyes has had nothing but high praise for what he saw in the Godzilla Comic-Con panel – going so far as to say that Edward’s monster movie stole the thunder of a more anticipated monster movie offering, namely Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Legendary (and parent studio Warner Bros.) is apparently so happy with the reaction that they’re trying to position Godzilla for the best success possible – including a script rewrite by Drew Pearce, the man who wrote the script for Marvel’s Iron Man 3.

The Godzilla reboot script has already passed through several hands, including Dark Knight Trilogy story writer David S. Goyer, whose screenplay was later revised by Max Borenstein, an up-and-coming writer who penned Warner Bros.’ in development adaptation of The Seventh Son. According to Variety, Pearce’s primary task with the Godzilla revision is to re-contextualize the story for older characters, as the studio reportedly has older actors in mind for the primary cast. In addition to working on Iron Man 3, Pearce was also the pen behind Marvel Studios’ now defunct Runaways movie, and is currently at work on the script for a different Robert Downey Jr. threequel, Sherlock Holmes 3, which is also housed at Warner Bros.

Drew Pearce also wrote ‘Iron Man 3′ for Marvel

Gareth Edwards has already promised that his vision of Godzilla will stick closer to the original version of the monster – primarily by having him do battle with other gigantic monster foes, rather than with human antagonists, as was the case in Columbia Pictures’ 1998 version. The Comic-Con teaser reel showed off the aftermath of an epic-looking battle on a decimated landscape; that hint of action, violence, and monster movie mayhem was, in some opinions, more enticing than any of the robots vs. monsters action shown off in Pacific Rim. That is to say: there seems to be great potential left in the Godzilla franchise, just waiting to be tapped.

We’re curious to know whom WB is eyeing for the film; they were seriousness enough about said candidate(s) to pay for another script re-write in order to accommodate them. As proven by Transformers (in ways both good and bad), the human element is always crucial in a film centered around CGI protagonists  -  and we don’t want to find ourselves with another Matthew Broderick as our leading man, do we? Stay tuned, as casting is sure to start to leak out sooner before later.

Godzilla will be in theaters on May 16, 2014 – and yes it will be in 3D.

Source: Variety

Godzilla Fan Art Header Image by cheungchungtat

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  1. *please dont go into development hell. please dont go into development hell. please dont go into development hell. please dont go into development hell.*

    Seriously cant wait for this movie.

    p.s I actually liked Godzilla (zilla), loved it as a kid. I think people give it a hard time because it isnt faithful to the original but its a good popcorn movie.

  2. Really excited to see what they have planned story wise. I hope the focus stays on Godzilla though.

  3. Well, this is the problem for this kind of monster movie, because frankly, no one gives a rat’s ass about the human characters. They can write and re-write as much as they want, but people are going to watch this movie to see the monster fights.

    • ^^^^ Is that a Joke?

      Half the problem with the Sony’s 1998 disaster was the characters sucked s*** (besides Jean Reno) an even he wasn’t at his best.

      Was i the only one who wanted to literally hang myself every-time that dumb blonde reporter was on screen? Or what about that cheesy line ”That’s a lot of fish?”

      So yea, they can copy an paste the Toho Godzilla in this movie, but if the characters are Crap, it wont help the story.. Transformers 2 anyone?

      Glad there going for OLDER cast members, I’d love to see Anthony Hopkins, Tilda Swinton, people in there late 40′s an 50′s in this not a bunch of teeny whiny pretty face bitches that can’t act.

      • YES

  4. Just so long as it’s not a giant, radioactive, fire-breathing RACCOON!

    Am I right guys?? ;)

  5. This is gonna be awesome! i cannot wait!!! I have been looking forward to this ever since Final Wars. And it will have been 10 years from that one to the new. 10 YEARS!!! i hope they get some good actors. And i hope this does good enough to warrent a sequel and i hope Toho decides to start making more also.

    • why not remake king kong vs godzilla?? with todays special effects that could be epic!!

      • you mean the US or Toho? and Idk if that would ever happen. Not sure who owns king kong now, but i doubt they would let someone else use him in a movie with godzilla. but yeah it would be incredible i think.

      • KKvG was awesome, but, “realistically”, KK would come up to Godzilla’s knee.

        • Yes and then KK wold be crushed by Godzilla’s foot.

          • Like Bambi Was :(

  6. Gareth Edwards got semi emotional in comic con talking about his experience working on this film (which is apparently is just a teaser…) I thought this thing was already in the can and now we have to wait for another writer … come on. It’s Godzilla! Do you really need rewrites for this? He’s the star and he has NO lines except for roaring. They should just go with no name actors and focus on the monster.

  7. I really think they should bring back Matthew Broderick at least for a cameo. Man I actually liked the Emmerich Godzilla, for me it was part of my childhood, I even own the soundtrack. It was a fun movie people don’t realize at all, why act so serious about a ridiculous concept like Godzilla to begin with. It was meant for fun and I don’t think it should be dark at all.

    • It’s all a matter of personal opinion and experience, I know, but I don’t think the problem was anyone taking it too seriously. It was just boring, annoying, and unlikable. I LOVE stupid monster movies, but this one was just terrible.
      I’m a little older, however, so I can see enjoying it as a kid and having a soft spot for it. But as a kid who grew up with Japanese Godzilla, it was just not fun at all. So very annoying and not fun.

  8. I always say this. i loved the american godzilla film for what it was. hated the blonde, hated the fact that it wasnt GODZILLA, but other than that i liked the actual film. Saw it when i was six years old, so that could be why i like it so much even today.

    • It did spawn a cool animated series.

  9. I honestly hate this idea

  10. Im pretty optimistic for this film. I think Gareth Edwards did a great job with Monsters, and that was with a crazy low budget. Not that big budget means big success, but i just feel he’s a very capable director with great things in his future.

  11. If no battling people, then it’s Mothra folks. Godzilla will battle Mothra.

  12. If they’re going for older characters, then it makes me wonder what they originally had in mind. A bunch of twenty-somethings running from a monster that invades New York? Oh wait a minute, that was Cloverfield.