'Godzilla' Loses Producers; Potential Leads Includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Henry Cavill

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One would think everything was going swimmingly with the Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie ever since the director excited the Comic Con crowd with some test footage of his forthcoming movie last summer, but it wasn't so.

Hitfix reported last night that producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee have left Legendary Picture's remake of Godzilla, and upon digging deeper, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the partings were not amicable, nor were they voluntary. Apparently, the parties were at odds creatively and financially, but more of the latter than the former.

Legendary felt the producers' fees were too high so the studio asked the pair to reduced them. When Lin and Roy refused, the studio exercised a pay-or-play clause in their contract which effectively kicked the pair off the project by paying them a break-up fee.

Deadline's sources believe this is something that may end up in court.

It was reported that Frank Darabont has been brought on to rewrite Max Borenstein's draft of the script. The two events may or may not be related, but with a start date in March being eyed, that's cutting things a bit close, depending on how much work needs to be done on the script.

Being considered for the lead role in the movie are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Henry Cavill, Scott McNairy and Caleb Landry Jones. Gordon-Levitt reportedly pass on the movie, so the part may between the others listed.

Since Lin and Lee are off the project, Warner Bros. has assigned Mary Parent to represent their interest in the movie. And when a movie is in need of some Parent-ing, you know something is not going well. See George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road.

Warner Bros. will be distributing Godzilla and has slated the movie for May 16, 2014.

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