I know what you’re thinking. With how bad the last attempt at a Hollywood Godzilla movie was, and given the fact that Guillermo del Toro already has a different movie about a big monster coming out of the Pacific in the works, who needs another Godzilla film? Well, turns out Legendary Pictures does, because they keep trying to make one. Or were you asking a rhetorical question?
The newest news about their long gestating project is that they’ve hired writer David Goyer to rewrite the current script floating around that was done by David Callaham. Legendary has learned from the mistakes of Sony’s big, glossy Godzilla movie from ’98, so they’re getting the guy who wrote gritty, down to Earth genre stuff like Blade and The Dark Knight to work his magic on the property.
I’m not really sure how this is going to work, because how do you make a grounded, authentic version of a Godzilla movie? Wasn’t that Cloverfield? Yuck. Also, while Goyer has done great work on the aforementioned films, it must be remembered that he is also responsible for things like Blade’s awful sequels and Jumper. This is by no means a slam-dunk move on Legendary’s part, but perhaps it could still work out. Over the past few years, when a real artistic vision has been lacking, the go-to move from studios has seemed to be “make it like The Dark Knight.” It’s not going to work every time, but there are probably worse strategies for the suits to be making. At least they’re not looking at Godzilla and saying, “make it like The Hangover.” Then we’d be in real trouble.
Source: Deadline Minamisanriku