New Writer Hired for Godzilla

2012/10/04 19:00:14 +00:00 | Jonathan James

Things have been moving forward quickly on Godzilla since the teaser trailer was shown earlier this year at the San Diego Comic-Con. The movie already has a release date of May 16th, 2014 and it has been announced that a new writer was brought on board to polish the existing script.

Iron Man 3 writer Drew Pearce will be working on the Godzilla script, according to Variety. They note that Legendary Pictures will begin the casting process shortly and that Pearce has been hired to do a four week polish. Previously, David Callahan had been hired to write the script, along with David Goyer and Max Borenstein, who were brought on board to do additional work on it.

Monster's Gareth Edwards will be directing the film and expect much more news on this project in the coming months, as the casting process begins. Until then, here's the previously released teaser poster and press release from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures:

"Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have slated their take on the classic Godzilla franchise to kick off the Summer moviegoing season on May 16, 2014. The joint announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and by Legendary Pictures.

Toho Co., Ltd.’s Godzilla franchise contains one of the most widely recognized movie monsters worldwide, including more than 25 films, multiple television programs, video games and book series. Legendary, which has been developing the project, and its partner Warner Bros. will return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner. The project will fall under Legendary’s overall agreement with Warner Bros.

The film is directed by Gareth Edwards, who earned worldwide acclaim for his feature directorial debut, “Monsters.” Edwards directs from a screenplay by David Callaham (“The Expendables” films), David S. Goyer (the “Dark Knight” trilogy) and Max Borenstein (upcoming “The Seventh Son”). Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, along with Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher will serve as executive producers alongside Doug Davison, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. The tent pole film is expected to be presented in 3D."