David Goyer to Rewrite Godzilla Reboot
Posted 07.14.11 by Ryan
Writer David Goyer is known for his work in comic book movies, specifically helping director Christopher Nolan come up with the story for his three Batman movies — Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises — as well as writing the script for the Nolan-produced, Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel and the Ghost Rider sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Now he'll be tackling a different kind of comic book character: Godzilla.
First featured in the 1954 Godzilla, the character has been a fixture in Japanese comics (manga) ever since, eventually making his way to the United States with a 24 issue series from Marvel Comics that began in 1977, where the giant monster even faced off against several comic book heroes, including the Avengers and Spider-Man. It isn't likely that the latest movie adaptation will follow much of the characters comic book history, however.
In January, Legendary Pictures hired director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) to helm their adaptation of Godzilla, which had an initial draft from Dave Callaham (The Expendables). Deadline reports that Goyer will write a new draft of the screenplay.
Goyer certainly has experience creating franchises, but the character of Godzilla has had a difficult time translating to box office success in the U.S. Sony Pictures and TriStar tried to bring the creature to American audiences in 1998's Godzilla, but the movie wasn't successful enough (or watchable enough) to elicit sequels. Legendary has promised a "modern epic" that "we, as fans, would like to see."