‘Godzilla’ Reboot Gets a Frank Darabont Rewrite

Producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin have left director Gareth Edwards’ project, which begins shooting in March.

Frank Darabont will rewrite the Godzilla screenplay
Frank Darabont will rewrite the Godzilla screenplay
The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont has been brought on for a final rewrite of the Godzilla screenplay.

David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises), Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son), and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) have previously worked on the script. While the project has gained another writer, it has also lost two producers, Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who initially secured the rights from the Japanese company Toho.

We reported last month that production is scheduled to begin in March, with Gareth Edwards attached to direct. That report revealed this project to be more "grounded" than previous versions.

Frank Darabont has been keeping busy with television projects over the last few years, creating The Walking Dead and his new TNT series L.A. Noir. His last work on the silver screen was Stephen King's The Mist in 2007, which he wrote and directed.

Godzilla was released May 16th, 2014 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Cameron Adams, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Carson Bolde, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.

Sources: Deadline, Hitfix
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  1. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @phantanos i hope it has quite a symbiotic vibe! Garth should pen it!

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  2. Zak Lee Ferguson

    @mr-k not so....if they go into it head on and just have faith with what material they have gained.....:L

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  3. Phantanos

    GODZILLA.... The atomic age leaviathan. The symbol of man made and natural destruction. Much like the tsunami, Earthquake, and atomic reactor leaks. The first cinamatic Monster ever to make man feel really insignificant.. The first time they tried to remake it was crap! Being handled by a jerk , who gave us a cheech lizard that ran away from heliocopters. The real one would have blasted them from the sky. Toho promptly stripped them of their rights to make another film. Let's hope that this time the project is given to more caring hands; who truely understand the legendary monster's ways. As for you geeks out there.. Godzilla is mutated by radioactive fallout and altered by it. Much like the incredible Hulk. If you manage to wound him.. it will be temporary. He has a quick healing ability.

    2 years agoby @phantanosFlag

  4. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    Jeez, that seems like a lot of writers; good ones too.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  5. artkid04

    this is sounding really good

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator We have our reasons ;)

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. ejk1

    @narrator All I'm gonna say is that this isn't the first film Goyer has had rewrites done on. I'm waiting to see what a certain segment of MW users says about this story. This story about the Big Green Lizard just has a "blue" feeling to it, lol.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. Mr.K

    @narrator He penned and directed The Invisible, Blade: Trinity and The Unborn. They turned out to be sh*t

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  9. the Narrator

    That's just it thought, @bawnian-dexeus. I don't see any "rage". Rewrites happen all the time and they're happening more and more often, unfortunately. Producers bailing on a cash cow like this, however, isn't something that happens often. Darabont is doing a rewrite, but I hardly see that as a deciding factor one way or another.

    @ejk1 Are you referring to the fact that the man hasn't penned a decent thing, solo, for a decade? Lol.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  10. Sean

    @kguy lol :P

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. ejk1

    @narrator@bawnian-dexeus Rewrites? Of a Goyer script? I don't believe it, lol.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator The rewrites sort of sparked a bigger rage than the producers leaving

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. the Narrator

    I love how no one is bothering to acknowledge the fact that the two producers who originally managed to secure the rights for this film are leaving. That's a pretty bad sign, folks. If I were to read into things, I'd say that those two Japanese producers, who had to have been passionate for the project to have secured the illusive rights, probably didn't like the direction the project was going and bailed. Producers don't bail lightly, especially not on a project as substantial as Godzilla. This news and the rewrites has me mega concerned for this film.

    Fanboys can be fanboys, but I'm not hearing anything good.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    And I'm tired of the whole "grounded" issue. It's Godzilla, okay?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Giant monster terrorizing city with (hopefully) an adversary of equal or greater fighting power to battle....What the hell is in that script?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. MovieManiac

    Wow, they developed this film terribly. Hopefully they can get there sh*t together.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  17. Mr.K

    @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-Killer If Gareth directs this movie like in Monsters then it would fail miserably. This is Godzilla were talking about, a big monster destroying everything in his path including other monsters from alternate universes or whatever they came from. It has to work on it's own rather than copying the style of the movie Monsters.

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  18. Geekster

    @mr-k is there still hope...the news was just so heart warming, specially as the news was released with the director, but these ufcking script rewrites just do it Monsters style.

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  19. Geekster

    I have been a bit inbetween whether to like or not, but geeze this guy gave us some great films- ( looks in film draw) f*ck yes The Mist....oh and a msall production called The Walking Dead ;)

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  20. Mr.K

    Just film the damn movie already! I want this Godzilla to be better than that 1998 travesty!

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  21. ejk1

    I'm laughing at this development.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. Monkeyiron 2.0


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  23. justatadmatt

    The Mist anyone? Script rewrite doesn't usually indicate a positive direction for the film...especially with shooting in a couple of months...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  24. skywise


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  25. WongFu

    I enjoyed the Matthew Broderick version

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  26. K.Guy

    O.O I hear angels..

    2 years agoby @kguyFlag

  27. ROFLitschristian

    Dark Knight AND Walking Dead writers on this? If this film does anything other than blow my mind I'll be highly- nay GREATLY disappointed.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  28. Roberto Mata

    They better gets started, they have less than a year to make the film..

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  29. Roberto Mata

    His script, will make the film become the best Godzilla, Ever. Wait for a Dark, Grounded, Drama-Action Film!

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

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