I don’t know why Legendary feels it needs a writers room to generate material for GODZILLA VS. KONG, but the company has assembled one anyway, with veteran scribe Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) leading the charge, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Additional writers could always be added to the room, but for now the team includes Star Trek 4 writers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne; The Kingkiller Chronicles scribe Lindsey Beer; Maze Runner writer T.S. Nowlin, who recently worked with Legendary on its Pacific Rim sequel; comic book writer and Sense8 co-creator J. Michael Straczynski; and Cat Vasko, who is currently writing the circus romance Queen of the Air for Warner Bros.
While I understand that seven heads, in this case, are better than one, it remains to be seen if these rooms can actually deliver a good movie. Once the Godzilla vs. Kong team charts out the story beats, Rossio will choose one of the scribes to write the script, if he doesn’t step in to do it himself.
Writers rooms have become all the rage these days as studios seek to emulate the TV model of collaboration. Paramount and Akiva Goldsman created a room for the Transformers franchise, while Universal trusted Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to oversee a writers room for the studio’s universe of classic monsters such as the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Bride of Frankenstein.
With Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island stomping into theaters this weekend, the company has been busy casting Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which will star Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown. That film is slated for release on March 22, 2019, while subsequent creature feature Godzilla vs. Kong is expected to serve as the culmination of the franchise on May 29, 2020.
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