Writer Updates: Diablo Cody on 'Evil Dead', David Goyer on 'Godzilla'
by Alex Billington
July 13, 2011
A couple of updates regarding screenwriters. First off, Ghost House Pictures officially announced details on The Evil Dead remake today, confirming that it is coming and that Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez would be making his feature debut directing the project. Hidden in the update is this bit: "Diablo Cody is currently doing revisions on the draft." Yep, the same Diablo Cody who won the Oscar for Juno, and also wrote Jennifer's Body and Young Adult. The original script was written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. In addition, Deadline reports that Legendary is hiring David Goyer to revise the script for the new Godzilla.
In regards to The Evil Dead remake, they confirm that Sam Raimi is producing along with Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell. Ghost House is committed to renewing the franchise and has it on the fast track. "We are committed to making this movie and are inspired by the enduring popularity and enthusiasm for the Evil Dead series. We can't wait to scare a new generation of moviegoers using filmmaking techniques that were not available to us thirty years ago as well as Fede bringing a fresh eye to the film's original elements." That's exactly what we've heard for the last few years, where Sam wants to focus on the technology and techniques for scaring audiences as well as the story and the fun with Bruce Campbell. That's the latest, in addition to yesterday's update, so this is definitely in the works and it'll have a bit of Diablo Cody tinge to it.
In regards to Godzilla, David S. Goyer is the writer/filmmaker behind the upcoming Ghost Rider sequel, Zack Snyder's Superman: Man of Steel, and also Chris Nolan's Batman scripts, including The Dark Knight Rises. He seems like a very smart guy with a knack for great stories, but his solo work (The Invisible, The Unborn) hasn't been that great. Deadline says that Goyer will pen the screenplay, from a draft written by David Callaham (Tell Tale, The Expendables). Set to direct this new Godzilla is Monsters director Gareth Edwards, but other than that, this isn't even scheduled until 2014, and Legendary isn't even bringing it to Comic-Con, so it sounds like we've got a long ways to wait, but at least it's in good hands for the time being.