With the May 16, 2014 release date set for the new Godzilla movie Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are ramping things up and aim to be in production by March. According to HitFix Monsters director Gareth Edwards recently put on “a show-and-tell in one of the stages on the Warner lot to walk the studio through his vision of the film”. That went well, and now the studio is looking for potential lead actors.
Apparently Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) was being sought to play the male lead late last year, but according to THR writer Borys Kit the offer sent out is no longer valid, presumably because Levvit passed. Variety reports that actors such as Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Scoot McNairy (Argo) and Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) are now being considered, but expect more names to be added to the list in the near future.
At the same time casting is under-way there appears to be some behind the scenes drama with producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee. HitFix revealed the duo left the project last week as they’re busy working on other movies, however Deadline describes the situation as “a huge battle” as Legendary Pictures “wants to drop the producers from the film” because Lin and Lee refuse to reduce their fees, and it could end up in court.
As for the movie itself, it’s getting a final script rewrite before cameras roll. Frank Darabont, director of The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist and The Green Mile has just been brought on to give it a polish, which is good news. AICN also says locations such Vancouver and Hawaii are being eyed for when filming finally gets under-way.