Godzilla To Get Rewrite From Frank Darabont

According to Deadline, Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead season one showrunner) has been hired by producer/financier Legendary Pictures to do a final rewrite on the script for the new US version of Godzilla, set ti be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters).

This must count as very good news, as Darabont has a knack of working on projects that turn out to be pretty, blimmin’ good. (Some of us still find it unfathomable that Lucas turned down his Indiana Jines script – presumably it didn’t have enough comedy prairie dogs or monkeys).

The previous script was written by The Seventh Son’s Max Borenstein. Production is expected to begin in March…

…If the whole project doesn’t become enmeshed in a legal battle. Deadline goes on to say that Legendary has fallen out with producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who were among the producers who came into Legendary with a Toho rights deal for Godzilla. Now Legendary has control the rights and wants to oust Lin and Lee, over a dispute about fees. Quite what effect all this will have on the film is unclear (maybe none, aside from changes to the credits; maybe enough to delay production) but `Deadline is sure it’ll end up in court.