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‘Godzilla’ Getting a Final Rewrite: Will It Make the March Production Start Date?

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Legendary’s ‘Godzilla‘ presentation was a huge hit at last year’s Comic-Con, but the film wasn’t scheduled to head into production until this March — and with Frank Darabont being brought in for rewrites on the script, they better get crackin’.

Deadline reports that Frank Darabont has been brought in to rewrite the script for ‘Godzilla,’ following some tweaking by ‘Iron Man 3‘ scribe Drew Pearce. It seems Darabont’s involvement is heavier than Pearce’s, though we’re unsure what he’s being asked to change or fix. Darabont is best known for his work writing and directing films like ‘The Mist’ and ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ and he ran ‘The Walking Dead‘ TV series in its first season.

We’ve been stoked for the latest ‘Godzilla’ film ever since it was announced that Gareth Edwards would be at the helm. The director’s first film, ‘Monsters,’ is a visually stunning monster story that focuses more on the human side of things, and the magic that Edwards pulled off — all by himself — with the special effects on such a tiny budget was massively impressive, to say the least.

Darabont and Edwards do share some similar sensibilities, particularly if you compare ‘The Mist’ and ‘Monsters,’ with both focusing more on the human side of the story in each film.

There’s also some trouble behind the scenes, as producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who spearheaded the ‘Godzilla’ project, have been ousted by Legendary after the company tried to give them lower pay for their work. The pair will be given no credit for their work on the film, while other producers will be listed in the credits.

With the March production date looming ahead, we hope these issues can be resolved and ‘Godzilla’ can get to stompin’.

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