Movies are the new Television. Well, sort of. In recent years, in the midst of mass sequelization and the rise of long-running film franchises, it’s become commonplace to plan out your movies well in advance of their release. Perhaps best known for this is Marvel Studios. Following the success of Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they’ve announced their slate of films beforehand in advance. The folks over at Paramount took this idea and escalated it to the next level, but announcing a writers room led by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to map out the future of the Transformers franchise. Now, it sounds like the folks over at the MonsterVerse will be doing the same for the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong movie.
According to THR, Legendary and Warner Bros have hired screenwriter Terry Rossio — best known for co-writing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies with Ted Elliot — to lead a crack team of writers to map out the culmination of the monster movie franchise that started with 2014’s Godzilla, continues this year with Kong: Skull Island, and will be succeeded by Godzilla: King of Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong.
Joining Rossio will be:
- Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond, Star Trek 4)
- Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicles and Dungeons & Dragons adaptations)
- Jack Paglen (Transcendence, Alien: Covenant)
- J. Michael Strazynski (Babylon 5, World War Z, Sense 8)
The talent involved to take on this massive film is indeed impressive, but part of me has to wonder if it’s overkill. When Paramount started their writer’s room, it was to hash out the major parts of a film franchise, but with this one, it seems to be a means to outline a single movie: Godzilla vs. Kong.
By consequence, it’s well known that films tend to have a laundry list of writers on it, but that’s usually after the script has gone through rewriter after rewrite. Is bringing in no less than six writers from the get-go going to result in a “too many cooks” situation? Given that we don’t have the specifics on how they plan to organize this room, it’s hard to say, but at the very least this is a sign that the studio is taking this very seriously.
Kong: Skull Island is out in theaters now!
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