Ever since Legendary Entertainment surprised the Hall H crowd with a secret Godzilla presentation at San Diego Comic-Con last July, many fans of the Japanese movie monster were anxious to watch a new version of the film that didn’t involve Roland Emmerich. Although the new Godzilla hasn’t started production, Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment have hired Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce to polish its screenplay.
Variety.com reports that Pearce will be brought on to do four weeks of script revisions to get the production on its way to casting. The original draft was penned by screenwriter Dave Callaham (The Expendables) and then later updated by screenwriters David Goyer (Batman Begins) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). Although he never worked with Goyer or Borenstein directly, Callaham wrote revisions until Pearce was brought on to finalize this latest draft.
Director Gareth Edwards was finally named as the director of Godzilla after months of rumors and speculation. He was officially announced as the project’s director at San Diego Comic-Con after his super-low-budget SF film Monsters received moderate critical and commercial success in 2010. At Comic-Con, Edwards reassured the Hall H audience that his version of Godzilla will be more realistic and not campy as Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version.
Pearce was brought onto Iron Man 3 after he received acclaim for his British TV series, No Heroics, in 2009, which followed a group of superheroes with very limited superpowers. He is also currently working on the script for the third installment in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes series.
Godzilla will be roaring into theaters everywhere on May 16, 2014, in IMAX 3D.