Gareth Edwards to Direct Godzilla
Scoop This: 'Godzilla', 'Ouija' and 'Cleopatra'
Apparently studio bosses saw enough in Gareth Edwards' low-budgeted genre debut Monsters that they wanted him behind the next Godzilla update. Legendary Pictures will co-produce with Warner Bros. (both of whom are behind The Dark Knight, 300 and others), and Edwards will work on piecing together a script written by David Callaham. There's no word yet on where the story will go for this version of Godzilla, though seeing as they chose Edwards to direct – and that his film Monsters really put the characters first and monsters second – we imagine they'll be looking at a more character-driven Godzilla movie than we've seen in the past. Hey, whenever Hollywood takes a chance on a new, up-and-coming talent, that's a good thing.
McG to Direct Ouija
In other directing news, McG is currently in negotiations to direct a movie based on the Ouija board. He's been the rumored director for awhile, and not because he's interested in making some low-budget spooky flick, but because there are plans to instead turn Ouija into a big-time action-adventure. We don't know what the specific plot is yet, but we envision it to involve hot young stars and a PG-13 rating. As of now they're targeting a November 12, 2012 release, and we wouldn't be surprised if this was also McG's first 3D film.
Paul Greengrass Eying 'Cleopatra'
When you link Angelina Jolie to the role of Cleopatra, that little combo has to seem enticing to a whole ton of directors. After James Cameron flirted with the idea of making a Cleopatra movie with Jolie in the main role, it seems like Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum) is next to step up to the plate. Producer Scott Rudin told Deadline that they're "pretty close" to nailing down a director for the film, which is based on the biography Cleopatra: A Life, and will star Jolie as the iconic ruler. The movie will also be in 3D, which may prove problematic for Greengrass' run-and-gun style of filmmaking.
Truth be told, he doesn't immediately seem like the right guy for a big, splashy, awards-hungry 3D Cleopatra movie, but perhaps the Powers That Be like his style and his vision the best. What do you think? Does a Cleopatra movie starring Angelina Jolie interest you?
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