Godzilla studio sues producers. Will the film go ahead?


Godzilla posterMany of us are excited about the planned Godzilla reboot by Gareth Edwards (Monsters).

First of all a few plot details have surfaced, via CHUD, regarding the film from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros:

  • The film will feature more than one monster, confirming that two new monsters will also be wreaking havoc – this in addition to the big guy.
  • Warner Bros. made it clear that their interpretation of the material “follows the story of a solider” and is “way different” than the Toho Godzilla films.

That just makes me more excited. What other monsters could be in the film?

However, it appears that there is trouble behind the scenes with Legendary Pictures apparently suing the producers of the film. THR had the news.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary seeks a court order to enforce a contract it says allows the studio to dump producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison in advance of the start of production on the new Godzilla movie. Legendary says it has a March 2011 contract with Lin Pictures and Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment that requires it to involve the producers only if they are “deemed to be engaged” to produce the film.

But Legendary says the producing team did little to justify being included on the project.

“Defendants efforts on the project consisted only of introducing a screenwriter to Legendary and contributing notes to a screenplay which Legendary subsequently decided to not utilize,” the lawsuit states. “Legendary judged that Defendants offered little to the ongoing production of the film, and that their likely role (if engaged) would not warrant the substantial fees and backend compensation that they could potentially earn as producers.”

Accordingly, the lawsuit states, “Legendary notified Defendants in writing that it would not be engaging their services to produce the film.”

The producers threated to go to court to have a restraining order put in place to stop the film going forward, but the studio filed suit first.

The film is due to begin shooting in Spring, but who knows what effect the court proceedings will have on that.

Fingers crossed it gets resolved quickly and we get to see Godzilla on the big screen once more.