‘Godzilla’ Reboot and ‘Asteroids’ Movie Snag New Writers

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 9:58 am,

godzilla asteroids movies Godzilla Reboot and Asteroids Movie Snag New Writers

Two high-profile sci-fi projects have landed new writing talent: Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla franchise revamp, which will be helmed by Gareth Edwards – and Asteroids, an adaptation of the classic Atari arcade game that (despite previous rumors to the contrary) will not be directed by Roland Emmerich.

David S. Goyer‘s earlier draft of the Godzilla screenplay will be getting a rework by a little-known, but increasingly-popular, scriber. A writer whose career is (likewise) on the up-and-up is going to be taking on the Asteroids movie.

Heat Vision says that Max Borenstein has been hired on to refine Goyer’s script for Godzilla, which will attempt to not follow in the footsteps of Emmerich’s woebegone 1998 Godzilla movie – and instead, successfully return the titanic lizard to his historical roots, while also updating him for the new century. Producer Brian Rogers says the reboot will also (probably) see Godzilla battle another monstrous opponent, rather than just the U.S. army.

Borenstein previously worked on Legendary’s in-development Jimi Hendrix biopic (titled Jimi) and rewrote the studio’s upcoming supernatural fantasy novel adaptation, The Seventh Son. It would seem the little-known film artist’s work on those two projects impressed studio heads enough to land him the Godzilla co-scripting job.

Evan Spiliotopoulos also (seemingly) continues to impress executives with his writing on upcoming projects, which includes Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, McG’s Ouija board game adaptation, and an earlier draft of Wanted 2. Spiliotopoulos also recently landed more work after being brought onboard to pen the Charles Fort comic book adaptation for producer Robert Zemeckis – and now, according to Heat Vision (again), the man is set to pen the Asteroids movie.

Asteroids will reportedly feature a storyline that revolves around “two estranged brothers that must team up to save Earth from an alien race.” The game adaptation is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the Transformers series) and sounds like it will mix big-budget effects spectacle with “human drama” in a manner similar to that of Bonaventura’s giant robot franchise (for better or for worse).

That said: the project is still yet another step up for Spiliotopoulos, who previously made a living penning direct-to-video animated sequels for Disney (ex. Tarzan II, The Jungle Book 2, The Lion King 1 1/2, etc.).

Both Godzilla and Asteroids look to benefit from their (respective) new writing blood. Goyer’s best screenplays tend to be the ones that feature contributions from at least one other writer and Spiliotopoulos, by comparison, has demonstrated a solid appreciation of the three-act structure in his scripts for Disney… and now, he’s starting to work with more legitimately promising subject matter.

Edwards managed to bring giant CGI creatures to (engaging and convincing) life in his cheap breakout directorial effort, Monsters – so, hopefully, he should accomplish that task with equal success in the larger-budgeted Godzilla reboot. Asteroids, as it were, is apparently still on the lookout for a director…


We will continue to keep you posted on the status of both the Godzilla reboot and Asteroids adaptation as more information concerning each project is released.

Source: THR (link 1) (link 2)

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  1. Please don’t screw up Godzilla. This film has soo much potential to be good.

    • I think the new Godzilla is in good hands, Monsters was a good movie with well developed characters, so if he can have good characters while two monsters fight eachother I will be happy

      • I really didn’t like monsters at all. I bought the DVD not knowing what to expect and just really hated it.

        I hope Godzilla kick ass though. Roll on Godilla 2,3,4 with Mothra, Mecha-Godzilla, Gamera, etc…

      • I started getting worried when David Goyor was brought in to write the script.

        • @Ghost – U are worried that david s. goyer (the guy who wrote Christopher Nolan’s ULTRA SUCCESSFUL Batman both in reviews AND profit)is in-charge of writing Godzilla Reboot? Im surprised they didnt call YOU and ask YOU to write it!!!

  2. Godzilla has HUGE potential to be awesome, please take as much time as you need. I am okay with another rewrite just get the film an character right.

    Godzilla will probably come out 2014 for Godzilla’s 60th Anniversary

  3. I would love for Zilla to be a lot more fierce.

  4. Darn, at quick glance, I thought the headline said that the Godzilla and Asteroids remake projects hit a snag…

  5. I am glad to see a new Godzilla movie that wont be like that crap one they had out before. I dont know what monster that Godzilla can fight but i think King Kong would be a good one.

  6. WOw. SO many to pick from. The fights with Mothra and King Ghadora have been done so many times. Knog wont happen cause if they were to do it right Kong would barely come up to Godzillas kneecap. Gigan would be tough to take seriously. In the last movie he took on almost everyone but way to fast. I think if they brought it Megalon, or Angeara (Spelling sorry) One of those would probably work best. For awhile I thought of Rodan but I think the monster needs to be land based on this one.

  7. Asteroids movie…an old arcade video game about a spinning spacecraft shooting asteroids and blasting the occasional flying saucer is being made into a movie. Sounds like another script using a known franchise for publicity.

    But, I am exciting to a Godzilla blockbuster movie.

  8. Wasn’t the Ouija board project cancelled?

  9. OK here we go it’s monster vs monster so lets develop the stats shall we?
    Here’s what I’m starting off with…

    Godzilla attributes

    has a tail
    medium speed
    medium ability to tunnel
    highly regenerative cells
    breathes radioactive fire
    can swim medium speed
    dive underwater for extended periods
    has developed sixth sense

    monster x attributes

    no tail
    poisonous horns on head
    long sticky tongue
    medium speed
    slow tunneling ability
    medium regenerative cells
    lead impregnated skin
    spits highly corrosive acid
    can swim very fast
    full amphibian
    excellent jumper
    eyes can rotate to see 350+ degrees

  10. i can not wait for godzilla. ive seen all 28 (29 if you include GINO). they are like my guilty pleasure movies. I think this one will be awesome if done right. I also think an america version of king ghidorah would be awesome if also done right. not only am i excited for this film but i hope it puts pressure on toho to make a new series of godzilla films like last time

  11. another godzilla movie? lol

  12. The Godzilla movie will be awesome. It will be interesting to see if this movie has Godzilla actually fight an army whether its the USA or the Japanese. Since its more of an origin story, Godzilla will be on an island somewhere or series of islands (some of the islands near Japan??)
    And it will be cool for Godzilla to fight another monster, i think Godzilla will be discovered by some explorers, but of course they wont capture the King of Monsters, but they will see Godzilla go out to sea.
    I think it would be cool to have another monster attack either Japan or USA and Godzilla actually comes and sort of saves the day, and then before the militaries can subdue Godzilla he escapes to sea and cant be found, at least till the next movie.

  13. Huh, I thought Godzilla was actually further along than still at the script writing stage.

    And Asteroids? Seriously? What’s next Pacman…….PONG???!

  14. GOJIRA!!!

  15. I couldn’t sit through “Monsters”, boring couple dialog made me turn it off.

    Now a Godzilla movies should be about Godzilla not some no-name-couple and there quest to be poor and together….LOL the current american dream…

    Any movie with the Named character as the title (but used as a guest-star)) bombs because there’s not enough potential for a sequel Matter fact imagine a transformers movie without all the blantant waste of space actors. Actually putting prime and megatron, as the entities to care about, not some 1% rich family, and 1% elite commando force.

    If Zemerkis can make a ball, a complete character that you feel for,
    again a BALL, Godzilla should be an easy home run. So the real title for the next G-movie is, Godzilla x Hollywood’s pride.

    Evil G
    In Godzilla We Trust….

  16. I.cannot.wait.for.Godzilla!!!

    I’m in the minority, I didn’t think the last version was horrible. I loved how the monster looked, but I hated that they killed him/her(?). None of that nonsense in the next film.

    I’ll probably be looking forward to that just as much, if not more than I am Avengers!

  17. I WANT MORE NEWS!!!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

    • For Godzilla I mean

  18. This movie is sure slow on the news! 5 months since the last bit of news?!

    • DITTO! More news!!