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Legendary's Godzilla getting a rewrite from Frank Darabont; producers at odds with studio

01.07.2013

The announcement of a new GODZILLA film at Comic Con last year sent fans into a spiral of excitement, probably in the hopes of seeing a proper adaptation since we're all still reeling from Roland Emmerich's botched debacle in 1998.  This time out MONSTERS director Gareth Edwards is at the helm, working from a story by David S. Goyer and a script by Max Borenstein (THE SEVENTH SON).  Now, it appears that former Walking Dead showrunner and genre helmer Frank Darabont is coming onboard to do one final rewrite. 

It's unclear just what Darabont will be tweaking (or why), but his involvement always ups the game a bit and adds a nice splash of clout to any project.  Although he's currently preparing his new AMC series L.A. Noir for TNT, it appears he's got a little extra time to lend a hand to help out a big, destructive lizard.

In more somber news for the project, however, is that Warner Bros. appears to be on the outs with original producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who came into Legendary with a Toho rights deal for GODZILLA. 

Here's the gist from Deadline:

"...Lin and Lee refused to reduce the fees they signed on for when the original deal was made. Legendary brass feels it has the latitude to get rid of them, and is doing just that, exercising a pay or play clause and paying them upfront money to go away, with no back-end or credit on the film. The potential back-end on a global franchise is where the big bucks are."

Could this affect the production start?  It's hard to say, but unlikely.  It seems a payoff is in order, which is all transparent to us, really.  We just want to see GODZILLA destroy shit and fight another like-sized behemoth. 

GODZILLA is slated to begin shooting in March with an towards a 3D release on May 16, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: Writing about his actually makes me want to see Emmerich's Godzilla again, just to see if it's as terrible as I remember...
Source: Deadline

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1:30PM on 01/07/2013
As long as they get a good story I will be happy. On a side note, I don't recall Lui Kang vs Shang Tsungs final battle score being a part of the Godzilla trailer, but I guess it was always there....lol
As long as they get a good story I will be happy. On a side note, I don't recall Lui Kang vs Shang Tsungs final battle score being a part of the Godzilla trailer, but I guess it was always there....lol
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1:53PM on 01/07/2013

Darabont!

Frank Darabont - one of the most talented and friendliest men in the business!
Frank Darabont - one of the most talented and friendliest men in the business!
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1:57PM on 01/07/2013
Extra Tidbit: Its worse than you remember
Extra Tidbit: Its worse than you remember
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2:03PM on 01/07/2013
Excellent! Now, I've definitely got to see it...
Excellent! Now, I've definitely got to see it...
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2:15PM on 01/07/2013
I fucking knew it.
My disdain has nothing to do with Frank Darabont, whom I know is a creative and capable filmmaker / storyteller.
My disdain comes from the endless delays and rehashes. This movie is officially in pre-production hell, and not likely to ever, EVER be made.
I fucking knew it.
My disdain has nothing to do with Frank Darabont, whom I know is a creative and capable filmmaker / storyteller.
My disdain comes from the endless delays and rehashes. This movie is officially in pre-production hell, and not likely to ever, EVER be made.
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2:33PM on 01/07/2013

Darabont = My ass in the seat

Darabont is one of the best filmmakers working today, and one of the most talented screenwriters. My enthusiasm for this film just went from 'curious' to 'excited as hell!'
Darabont is one of the best filmmakers working today, and one of the most talented screenwriters. My enthusiasm for this film just went from 'curious' to 'excited as hell!'
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4:47PM on 01/07/2013

godzilla has to happen in japan

i dont know any plot details, but godzilla HAS to take place in japan. maybe have the story follow some american businessman who's in japan or whatever.
i dont know any plot details, but godzilla HAS to take place in japan. maybe have the story follow some american businessman who's in japan or whatever.
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5:08PM on 01/07/2013

damn it...

i need my G-man fix. I hope he fights a monster but not right away like towards the last 15 or so mins of the film so it sets up a nice squel. :) And I hope for a nice scary version too.
i need my G-man fix. I hope he fights a monster but not right away like towards the last 15 or so mins of the film so it sets up a nice squel. :) And I hope for a nice scary version too.
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9:16PM on 01/07/2013

I'm in

Could they just do King Kong VS Godzilla and get it over with?
Could they just do King Kong VS Godzilla and get it over with?
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1:02AM on 01/08/2013
"...Lin and Lee refused to reduce the fees they signed on for when the original deal was made. Legendary brass feels it has the latitude to get rid of them, and is doing just that"

So these guys work out a once-in-a-lifetime deal for WB, and WB rewards them by kicking them to the curb. I'd say that's disgusting, but honestly I know this kind of attitude is going to bite WB in the ass the next time they want to set up a foreign deal, so whatever.
"...Lin and Lee refused to reduce the fees they signed on for when the original deal was made. Legendary brass feels it has the latitude to get rid of them, and is doing just that"

So these guys work out a once-in-a-lifetime deal for WB, and WB rewards them by kicking them to the curb. I'd say that's disgusting, but honestly I know this kind of attitude is going to bite WB in the ass the next time they want to set up a foreign deal, so whatever.
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1:57AM on 01/09/2013

On Frank Darabont

sounds like he'll be doing the final rewrites to get his name on the project is all... hopefully he's not tweaking much (either way it's a good thing) but i suspect his motives are in the wrong place? is Darabont looking to attach his name to the Godzilla project?
Extra Tidbit: YES it's a terrible as you remember. Every time i pick up this DVD box, i joke that I have to wash my hands with hot water and soap... my god that movie is complete and utter garbage with zero redeeming qualities....
sounds like he'll be doing the final rewrites to get his name on the project is all... hopefully he's not tweaking much (either way it's a good thing) but i suspect his motives are in the wrong place? is Darabont looking to attach his name to the Godzilla project?
Extra Tidbit: YES it's a terrible as you remember. Every time i pick up this DVD box, i joke that I have to wash my hands with hot water and soap... my god that movie is complete and utter garbage with zero redeeming qualities.... and then there's Mathew Brodrick in it that brings it down a few gazillion notches.... equals SUCKS
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