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Among the various superhero movies, remakes, and sequels featured at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, one project that made a lot of noise was Legendary Pictures' reboot of Godzilla. The, fittingly, legendary lizard has terrorized Japan for decades and has even ventured stateside now and then; most recently in Roland Emmerich's, shall we say disappointing, 1998 film. However, the new project is being helmed by Gareth Edwards ('Monsters'), and now it appears Drew Pearce ('Iron Man 3') has been enlisted to conduct a rewrite of the existing script. David Callahan ('The Expendables') penned the first draft with David Goyer ('The Dark Knight') and Max Borenstein ('The Seventh Son') taking subsequent passes. Apparently this latest re-write has nothing to do with any perceived lack of quality, but rather an attempt to advance the characters' ages to fit the actors in which the studio is interested.
And that's...better? Don't get me wrong, I'm excited about the idea of rebooting Godzilla. I think Gareth Edwards' 'Monsters' makes him the ideal candidate to take on this material with new energy and fresh perspective. Admittedly yes, the knee-jerk reaction would be to assume that Pearce was being brought on to "fix" the script. While it is encouraging that the studio is taking a hard line against that rumor, the real reason for the new draft does not exactly inspire confidence either. So they're altering the existing characters so that the actors they want make more sense for the role? Shouldn't the casting benefit the screenplay and not the other way around? But then again, and perhaps this is my ignorance of Godzilla canon peeking out, do the human characters really "need" to be one age or another?
What do you guys think? Does this rewrite make you nervous? Are you excited about this new 'Godzilla?'