This makes 4.
Ok. So Legendary and Warner’s are go on Godzilla. I still can’t believe that I’m writing those words. Anyway, the film (to be directed by Gareth Edwards) has it’s release date set for May 2014 and we’re already in October of 2012. So that means that production is probably going to get underway fairly soon. (Giddy noises)
But before cameras roll, Legendary has brought in Drew Pearce (writer of Iron Man 3) to give a bit of a spit shine to the script originally written by David Callahan, David Goyer and Max Borenstein. And for once, it seems that it’s not due to script problems, but that Warner’s/Legendary want the character to be “Aged” up a little. Which means they have a few actors in mind and they want them for the film. I have no idea how young the original characters where, but they might be aging up for people in their late 30′s to mid 40′s. Even better, if Drew Pearce is good enough for Shane Black to write Iron Man 3, then he’s good enough to tackle Godzilla.
Look, as long as I get what Gareth Edwards stated he was aiming for, a “realistic” Godzilla film, meaning that there’s little to no cheese and everything is taken seriously, then I’ll be happy. Problem with a lot of American audiences is that they see most of the Godzilla films as hokey and dumb. Up until Godzilla vs the Sea Monster, they were fairly straight forward scifi films. The only difference between what Toho was doing and what American producers were doing with their monsters is that they gave Godzilla and his roster all personalities. They were as much a character in the film as they were special effects. The only other people to get this right state side where Ray Harryhausen and the old Universal monster movies. Which is why those films are still beloved to this day.
Godzilla opens May 16th, 2014