I don’t think that anyone wants a repeat of the 1998 American version of Godzilla, least of all Warner brothers and Legendary Pictures, the folks who are bankrolling a new English version of the classic giant monster story. To that end they’ve hired Gareth Edwards, who has already showed some facility with the genre in his own low budget film Monsters.
It also sounds as if they are paying careful attention to the script already worked on by David Callahan, David Goyer and Max Borenstein. Variety is reporting that a new writer has been added to that list – Iron Man 3’s Drew Pearce.
With the studio reportedly happy with the screenplay’s core story, Pearce is coming on board to help “age up” the characters prior to casting getting underway.
It’s an interesting concern about a screenplay to have and it sounds as if Edwards and Warners isn’t interested in just populating the film with a bunch of twenty-something model types. More than repeating the 1998 Godzilla, I don’t think that anyone wants a repeat of Denise Richards-as-a-nuclear physicist that we got in 1999‘s The World Is Not Enough.
Given that Pearce is supposedly working on the script for a four week period, I would suspect that we will be hearing about whom night be in that cast before the end of the year.