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Frank Darabont Opens Up About The Godzilla Reboot

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A few weeks ago, Legendary Pictures hired writer Frank Darabont to re-write the screenplay for the upcoming Godzilla reboot. The Godzilla production is quickly coming together as it marches toward a possible March production start. Many fans of the giant monster are wondering whether this reboot will be more faithful to the original 1954 Japanese film, or if it will more closely resemble Roland Emmerich’s horrible 1998 movie of the same name.

In an interview with io9.com, Darabont opens up about the direction of the Godzilla reboot. The production team is on the same page about Godzilla’s origins and what this new film will be about. When the original Japanese Godzilla film opened in theaters, the radioactive monster was seen as an allegory of post-World War II Japan, but somewhere down the line, Godzilla became increasingly sillier. Darabont explains:

What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And some of the atom bomb testing we were doing in the South Pacific in the subsequent years. The giant terrifying force of nature that comes and stomps the shit out of your city, that was Godzilla. Filtered through the very fanciful imaginations of the Japanese perception. And then he became Clifford the Big Red Dog in the subsequent films. He became the mascot of Japan, he became the protector of Japan. Another big ugly monster would show up and he would fight that monster to protect Japan. Which I never really quite understood, the shift.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Offered The Lead Role In The Godzilla Reboot

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Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been offered the lead role in the upcoming Godzilla reboot from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. This news is coming after a long week of ups and downs on the Godzilla front, but hang in there, the reboot movie is quickly coming together.

According to Deadline, Aaron Taylor-Johnson wants to be in the new Godzilla movie but he’s waiting for the script to be finalized. The 22-year-old actor is the latest mentioned for the movie’s lead, following on the heels of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scoot McNairy, and Henry Cavill. Taylor-Johnson can currently be seen in Joe Wright’s film adaptation of Anna Karenina, and the Kick-Ass 2.

Legendary hired screenwriter Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption) to do a final polish on the script, taking over from Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Originally written by Dave Callaham (The Expendables) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son), the Godzilla script has gone through a lot of hands, including David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), before it ended up with Darabont.

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Legendary Pictures Sues Godzilla Producers Over Credit And Fees

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A few days ago, there was some word that production for the Godzilla reboot might commence this spring, targeting a possible 2014 release date. Although the elements are quickly coming together, something unexpected might stall the film’s production. Legendary Pictures has filed a lawsuit against some of the producers of the Godzilla reboot over whether they are entitled to remain on the production.

THR obtained legal documents that indicate Legendary Pictures is seeking the rights to fire producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison so they can advance production of the film. Their March 2011 contract with Lin Pictures and Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment stipulates that they can remain producers only if they are “deemed to be engaged” to produce the film. Legendary is claiming they are not. According to the complaint:

‘Defendants efforts on the project consisted only of introducing a screenwriter to Legendary and contributing notes to a screenplay which Legendary subsequently decided to not utilize,’ the lawsuit states. ‘Legendary judged that Defendants offered little to the ongoing production of the film, and that their likely role (if engaged) would not warrant the substantial fees and backend compensation that they could potentially earn as producers.’ The complaint continues, ‘Legendary notified Defendants in writing that it would not be engaging their services to produce the film.’

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Godzilla Reboot, Now With More Monsters

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Are you ready for some news about Gareth Edward’s Godzilla that has absolutely nothing to do with casting or producers? How about news that involves some less-than-human competition Godzilla may be sharing the screen with?

CHUD reports that Godzilla isn’t going to be the only massive monster stomping around in the film. In fact, there will be two additional monsters, although there’s no word yet about who or what these beasts will be. In the report there is an emphasis placed on the word new, but does that mean completely new creations made up just for this film? Or could we perhaps see updated versions of Mothra, Ebirah, or, dare to dream, King Ghidora? That would be awesome. Regardless, you can’t go wrong with multiple big-ass monsters tearing through unsuspecting cities.

According to Warner Bros. the plot will also be “way different” than the classic Toho versions of Godzilla. The newest draft of the script “follows the story of a soldier.” Presumably that’s how Edwards will deliver the smaller, more personal story that he has said he wants to tell. He’ll stick with one person’s experience of the rampage.

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Godzilla Rampage: Reboot Sheds Producers, Gains A Writer, Doesn’t Star Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Godzilla is a mess. Every time I try to sit down and write this up, something else pops up in front of me and I have to start over again. Hopefully this will be a somewhat complete rundown of all of the current news and rumors that broke today.

Godzilla News Makes Us Make This Face

Godzilla News Makes Us Make This Face

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Godzilla Starts Production In March For A 2014 Release Date

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Last July, director Gareth Edwards took the stage during the Legendary Pictures panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con to announce his plans for a Godzilla reboot movie. He also showed a sizzle reel of his vision for a new Godzilla. The reports out of Hall H were feverish as genre fans displayed their hunger for all things Godzilla. Well, it seems like the executives at Warner Bros. are happy to satisfy that hunger because they are looking to start production on the new film this March.

According to HitFix.com, after Gareth Edwards showcased his plans and vision for Godzilla on the Warner lot, the studio was pleased with what they saw and scheduled the movie production for this spring. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are looking at a possible 2014 release date for the giant-monster movie. If Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is a hit this summer, then a 2014 release date could be beneficial for Godzilla and Edwards.

A few months ago, Legendary hired screenwriter Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) to polish the original script. Screenwriter Dave Callaham (The Expendables) had written the original draft, and then later it was revised by screenwriters David Goyer (Batman Begins) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). Gareth Edwards has said numerous times that his vision for Godzilla would be “a grounded, realistic approach.” He later added, “If this really happened, what would it be like?”