Thursday, 14 July 2011

Up from the depths, 30 Stories high...David Goyer to write Godzilla.

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1970s Cartoon from America

Now the last time there was a Hollywood attempt to make a Gojira (Godzilla) movie, it didn’t really go down too well at all. In fact it was pretty crap. Aside from Jean Reno someh0w managing to maintain an aura of complete and total class throughout, almost everything about the film was poor. The editing, story, direction, performances (as directed); helicopter pilots who forget that they can fly up; the quietest giant on two legs (well until the pillows for shoes giant robot in Terminator Salvation) my missus actually has it squarely down as the worst film of all time. I’ve got others ahead of it there, but I know where she’s coming from.
Man in a suit Godzilla 1st appeared in 1954

So the man tasked with the easy job of writing a screenplay that’s better than the 1998 effort; but also the much harder one of writing a good film is David Goyer. He’s made quite the name for himself over the past 13 years or so. Although he had written many screenplays it was the two films he wrote that came out in 1998 that really put him on the Map. Both Dark City and Blade were considered a cut above the norm and his work on the stories, the screenplays or both for Blade II, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight has made him the go-to-guy for Comic book and sci-fi adaptations. His work will be seen in the next 18 months or so on The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
The less than excellent 1998 American film

Having helped revive the superhero genre with Blade, helped resurrect Batman With Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and been tasked with “saving” both Superman and The Ghost Rider, can Goyer save the Hollywood Godzilla?

We’ll have to see what he does with David Callaham’s (Doom, The Expendables) draft. Also will we get a cute crew of scientist who travel the world in a boat and call Godzilla to help them with a cool red button thing... “Let’s just hope he’s nearby!” (Don’t worry; he is!)

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