I was one of the few people who actually had a pretty good time with the widely hated 1998 Godzilla rehash. That doesn’t mean I don’t recognize how shitty it is, but Hank Azaria does a lot for making this film watchable, and I mean come on, what else did you expect out of a Roland Emmerich film? Nonetheless, the sequel that film was left wide open for will never exist, and even though that movie was rough, Godzilla is a name that will get people’s attention, so it should come as no surprise that there’s a reboot on the way.
THR has it that this new take on the ravager of Japan has just signed on a new writer in the form of Max Borenstein. Borenstein doesn’t have a lot to his credit, just an upcoming film called The Seventh Son to star Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, but with a story like Godzilla you don’t have to be all that creative. At the helm is Monsters director Gareth Edwards who will likely bring a human element to the story that people actually care about.
Monsters’ creatures spent almost no time on screen and focused mostly on the two main characters fighting their way through an alien-infested Mexico. Godzilla will probably have to take a similar approach not because he’ll be trying to keep the monster’s visage a secret, but likely this film won’t get the sort of budget that will allow them to both put a star in this movie to generate interest and leave room to make a big effects piece.
Godzilla will probably not be the best monster movie in the world, but Cloverfield proved that with a good director and strong action creature features still work. More on this once it gets closer to production time.