Currently Frank Darabont is taking a crack at the script, which means this could change, but that’s doubtful. Chances are we’ll be seeing Godzilla tear up the landscape against two other monsters. Exciting? I think so. I was excited back when David S Goyer was working on the script/story.
I like Darabont, and the only thing that gets me a little nervous is his misstep with the horrible ending on The Mist. Regardless this is good news and means this will be a true big budget version of Godzilla, as long as Taylor Kitsch isn’t cast we’ll be ok.
Box Office Gross: $306,169,268 Adjusted: $549,996,377
Looking back on the mid-1990s its easy to forget how much a phenomenon ID4 (as it was dubbed in press materials) turned out to be. It spawned a wave of Roland Emmerich directed blockbusters like Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. It also confirmed the undeniably charismatic Smith was a big screen star and not just a Television actor. Durning the summer of 1996 this was he movie to see, it outgrossed heavy-hitters with established star in Mission Impossible, Eraser, and Twister. Time and the home video format haven’t been kind to this one. The Special effects hold up reasonably well but the cardboard characters and rudimentary storyline are huge detriments. Undoubtedly this film played much better in the theatrical experience. I saw it four times during that summer 16 years ago and I remember thinking ,”ID4 is so good the next Star Wars movies are going to be awesome!”. If only I knew what horrors and disappointment awaited me.
This is excellent news for me. I am a long-time fan of Goyer, the Blade series, Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, Dark City and Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (wait what?). Plus he brought Superman back from the dead after writing Man of Steel. His style of writing is something that Hollywood needs more of – less dialogue.
Regardless no one can make this worse than Roland Emmerich did in 1998′s Godzilla (well except for his less liked and less paid doppleganger Uwe Boll). This is after all a Legendary Pictures deal, which has made some very high grossing films for Warner Bros – Hangover 1 & 2, Nolan’s Batman and Inception flicks, 300 – (oh ya, and Jonah Hex).
Currently they are also working on Guillermo del Toro’s similarly themed giant monster movie Pacific Rim. I wonder if there’s any sort of competitive feelings between del Toro and Goyer. The two are responsible for Blade II, easily the best in the series. The differences and similarities between the two films will be interesting to see. At least I’m now a little hyped over this new Godzilla installment.
What do you think? Do we really need a Godzilla and a Pacific Rim?