Legendary Pictures, who are doing the ‘Godzilla’ remake with rights owner Toho Company, have hired genre writer David Goyer to pen a new screenplay for the atomic powered building smashing reptile (dinosaur?), according to Deadline.
Well known for genre films, Goyer has most recently been involved with director Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy (‘Batman Begins’, ‘The Dark Knight’ and the upcoming ‘The Dark Knight Rises’) as well as director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot ‘Superman: Man of Steel’ (which also includes Nolan as a producer). Besides the Batman Trilogy, Goyer also wrote all three of Marvel Comics’ Blade films (‘Blade’, ‘Blade II’ and ‘Blade: Trinity’) as well as the short-lived TV series, ‘Blade: The Series’. The writer’s background also includes many other genre television series and films including ‘Threshold’, ‘Flash Forward’, ‘Nick Fury: Agent of Shield’ as well as my personal favorite, the very underrated ‘Dark City’.
Goyer will be working with up-and-coming director Gareth Edwards. Edwards is best known for 2010’s critically acclaimed ‘Monsters’. Done on less than a million dollar budget, the film has won a number of awards and certainly made Edwards the most logical choice to reboot the aging Godzilla. On this shoestring budget, the director really made ‘Monsters’ feel like it was a big budget monster-fest. And it was definitely a better film than the 1998 American ‘Godzilla’ reboot from Sony.
Godzilla, which has appeared in roughly 28 films and a number of television shows, was conceived in 1954 as a metaphor for nuclear weapons following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and the 1954 Daigo Fukuru Maru incident involving a Japanese fishing vessel near U.S. nuclear tests on Bikini Atoll.
The ‘Godzilla’ reboot is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2014.