The Godzilla reboot is progressively coming along. The film, which is directed by Gareth Edwards, is due to hit theaters on May 16, 2014. But like most films in very early development, there are bound to be a few shakeups within the creative team.
First, Deadline reports that former Walking Dead writer Frank Darabont has been brought in to polish the draft penned by Max Borenstein (Seventh Son) and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3).
Even though Darabont has been hired to polish the script, a feud between two departing producers and Legendary Pictures could possibly delay the film’s release.
The same Deadline report states that producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee are feuding with the film’s financer and producer Legendary Pictures. Of course money is involved in a dispute with both parties on opposite corners voicing their just dues.
HitFix posted an article reporting that the two parties agreed to part ways amicably. In the report, the respective producers stated that they were just too busy with other projects to focus on Godzilla, and as a result had to leave the project.
However, the report that Deadline has sings a different tune. According to them, Legendary wants them out and released from their respective contracts. This dispute could possibly go into court as Lin and Lee refused to reduce the fees they signed on for when the original deal was made. As for Legendary, it feels like they have the leverage to release them from their contract, and thus exercising a pay or play clause and paying them upfront money to go away, with no back-end or credit on the film, exactly where the real money is made on a franchise film like Godzilla is made.
Darabont being brought in is great, but this dispute could be a huge blow to Godzilla, which is expected to start shooting in March.
[Source: Deadline | HitFix | Collider]