Frank Darabont Hired To Rescue Godzilla

Alleged Godzilla concept artwork (click for larger)

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Generally studios want disaster movies to explode on the screen, and not capitulate during pre-production. But, that is what is happening with the new Godzilla movie, which is still being re-written, despite having a rather optimistic release date of summer 2014.

In fact, the producing duo of Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who have lead the project so far, have now left, with Frank Darabont coming on board to do a final re-write.

The controversy seems to have arisen when Legendary Pictures, a long-time financing partner with Warner Bros., acquired the movie and then forced Lin and Lee out. According to Hitfix and Deadline (via /Film), the producers refused to take a cut in salar,- something that could end up being going to court.

It is still far too early to say whether this calamitous pre-production will harm the eventual movie. Indeed, the concept art that was shown at last year’s Comic-Con was good, and also the director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is still in line to helm the project. Of course, the inclusion of Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile, The Walking Dead) can only be a good thing.

Although, whatever the outcome, the film will surely be better than Roland Emmerich’s previous incarnation in 1998.

In fact, monster movies could finally be making their mark with Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim set for release this summer. Of course, the commercial and critical success of Cloverfield in 2008 will undoubtedly have helped to convince studios that monster films do in fact appeal to Western audiences.

Casting rumors have started to filter out, with man of the moment Joseph Gordon-Levitt being linked by The Hollywood Reporter, and Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill being mentioned by Variety.

Godzilla is scheduled for release on May, 16th 2014, with filming set to start in March 14th.

Source: Hitfix and Deadline (via /Film)

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