Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures has hired screenwriter Max Borestein to continue on the Godzilla franchise. The writer paired with returning director Gareth Edwards on this summer’s revival of the King of the Monsters, and will also pen the script the King Kong prequel Skull Island.
Speaking with Spinoff around the time of Godzilla‘s release, Borenstein explained the approach he and Edwards took. “I think that the inspiration for us was always to go back to the root of what Godzilla was in the original film,” he said. “And I remember as a kid I watched them all, but what I loved about that film was how it resonates with the period and with some larger themes. And that’s the kind of thing that we started talking about in terms of we want to tell a monster movie that’s going to do – that’s going to use it as a way to sort of get people excited, get them emotionally engaged.”
As for how other classic monsters — like the hoped-for Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah — might work in to a sequel, the writer said, “I think the key would always have to be, ‘How can we make it fit within the tone that we’ve established?’ This sort of grounded world that feels as though it could be 2014, now, today: What if Godzilla just came up? And so any monster could fit in that, you just have to give it a certain kind of facelift to make it do that.”
The Godzilla sequel arrives June 8, 2018.
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