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Stomping through Tokyo may not be so easy after all. Warner Brothers reboot of the famous cinematic lizard Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, has just hired none other than author Frank Darabont to do a final rewrite on the script. Darabont has adapted several of Stephen King's works for the screen (including 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'The Mist'), but it was his work on AMC's 'The Walking Dead' that earned him an extra boost of geek cred. The production on 'Godzilla' is slated to begin in March and the current script has been penned by Max Borenstein ('The Seventh Son'); from a story by David S. Goyer ('The Dark Knight'). There have also been rumblings of a battle brewing, not between Godzilla and Mothra, but between exiting Warner Brothers producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin and Legendary Pictures. This tiff may even end up in court. As of right now, 'Godzilla' is due in theaters May 16th, 2014.
Wow, a shot-in-the-arm for the new 'Godzila' arrives simultaneously with a potential setback. Isn't that just how all Godzilla movies play out? Good or bad, there's never just one monster. Frank Darabont coming aboard is great for this project. My biggest concern from the start was that screenwriter Max Borenstein has virtually no previous experience. Granted, that's not always a prerequisite for handing in a great screenplay, but after the abysmal disaster that was Roland Emmerich's 'Godzilla,' this franchise desperately needs a homerun. It's a bit troubling of course that this is the second rewrite we've heard about so far. Drew Pearce ('Iron Man 3') was brought in not so long ago. However, Darabont's work on 'The Walking Dead,' before he departed as showrunner, as well as his Oscar-nominated work on the Stephen King projects, can only benefit the reboot. Plus, 'The Mist' is a giant monster movie in and of itself so I'm interested to see where Darabont might find places to leave his mark on 'Godzilla.' My hope is that the legal skirmishes that appear to be on the horizon don't end up delaying the release.
What do you guys think? Excited Darabont is coming aboard? Any misgivings about his involvement? Who is your favorite Godzilla enemy?