As production gets underway on Gareth Edwards’ follow-up to his directorial debut Monsters, it’s exciting to think about what’s going into making the Godzilla reboot. While screenwriter and ex-Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont was the final writer to polish the screenplay, many other writers took their turn with the epic monster movie. One of them was screenwriter David S. Goyer.
In an interview with Collider, Goyer talked about what went into re-writing the film for Edwards and Legendary Pictures. Goyer has written a number of blockbuster genre movies, including The Dark Knight trilogy, the Blade trilogy, and the upcoming Man of Steel for director Zack Snyder. Goyer revealed what went into his time with Godzilla:
[I was involved with Godzilla] a little bit. I mean I did three or four weeks of work on Godzilla, it wasn’t a page-one rewrite or anything like that. The term is ‘script doctoring,’ is what I did on it.
I did jump at the chance [to do it] but one of the reasons why I only did three weeks was because I was very busy. The good news/bad news about where I’m at in my career now is I get offered a lot of cool things and I can’t always work on them because my dance card’s often full. I’ve definitely had to — there’ve been some ones that have gotten away that I wish I could’ve worked on.
Frank Darabont called the new Godzilla a “force of nature,” so it will be interesting to watch the film when it’s released next summer. It’s good to see that, at least when Goyer got his hands on the Godzilla script, it wasn’t as bad as some suggested before the film went into production. The other writers who were credited on the film were Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son), Dave Callaham (The Expendables), and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3).
The Godzilla reboot will feature actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, and Bryan Cranston. Japanese actor Akira Takarada will also make a cameo appearance in the new film.
Godzilla will roar into theaters on May 16, 2014, in 3D.