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Gareth Edwards Grabs Godzilla

Gareth Edwards Grabs Godzilla
From Monsters to monster project...
Source: Variety
Gareth Edwards Grabs Godzilla

If you need proof that sometimes, just sometimes, hard work, piles of creativity and being a thoroughly decent human being can actually get you ahead in Hollywood, word arrives from Variety that Monsters director Gareth Edwards has scored the job of bringing Warner Bros.' take on Godzilla to the big screen.

While Warners and production partners Legendary Pictures have made splashy announcements about the deal with Japan’s Toho studios to make a new attempt at the city-crushing beast, there hasn’t been that much movement behind the camera, despite a planned 2012 release date.

David Callaham, who wrote Doom and last year’s The Expendables, has been working on a script, but it’s now going to be Edwards’ job to rewrite that screenplay and get the film ready for a summer release.

Godzilla is the beast that (in)famously tripped up Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin back in 1998, with their bloated, unfocused stab at the character resulting in Toho specifically killing off that version.

Edwards’ hiring points towards Warners’ original plan to draw inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s reboot of Batman, and hiring a clearly talented British director is likely a sensible step. We have our fingers crossed for the Monsters man with the hopes that he’ll pull off something fun. And full of other beasts for Gojira to fight…

Source: EmpireOnline

Clooney Targets Monster Of Florence

Clooney Targets Monster Of Florence
He'll play the author Douglas Preston
Source: Deadline
Clooney Targets Monster Of Florence

A couple of years ago it was picked up by United Artists for Tom Cruise, but now Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi's The Monster of Florence seems set to happen at Fox, with George Clooney playing Preston's real-life amateur sleuth.

The book concerns Preston's move to Italy, and his burgeoning obsession with a thirty-year old series of unsolved murders. He and his partner Spezi (an Italian reporter) made impressive new inroads into a trail that had gone thoroughly cold, but their investigation ruffled some feathers among the Italian authorities, who at one point even jailed Spezi for being the killer himself (he wasn't).

Christopher McQuarrie has been working on the script since the Cruise days, and it's still his version, co-written with Nathan Alexander, that will go before the cameras. McQuarrie will also co-produce.

So it's back to Italy for Clooney, following his sojourn there in The American. Is The Monster of Florence destined to be the European Zodiac? We can but hope.

Source: EmpireOnline

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