The highly anticipated reboot of Godzilla appears to be hitting some monster-size speed bumps.
Early this week, reports streamed in that Legendary Pictures, the production company behind the proposed reboot, were in dispute with the film’s Warner Bros.-based producers Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Doug Davison. As a result, Legendary, the company behind The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming Man of Steel, expressed a desire to remove the three from the project prior to its spring production period.
According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, this dispute appears to now have escalated into a full-out legal battle. Legendary looks to have fired the first bullet, filing an official complaint yesterday in the Los Angeles Superior Court. The complaint alleges that Lin, Lee and Davison threatened to sue Legendary for their impending firing, despite the fact that this option was within the company’s rights.
“Defendants have threatened to file suit against Legendary, even going so far as to threaten to ‘seek a TRO’ to prevent the production of a motion picture in which they (defendants) have no copyright interest whatsoever—a claim that would be preempted by the Copyright Act as a matter of law,” the document reads.
The complaint goes on to say that the trio’s contributions have so far been limited only to introducing a screenwriter and notes that were not used. Neither of these, the complaint claims, is substantial enough to warrant their fees and backend compensation.
Godzilla is already being prepped for a May 16, 2014 release date. Monsters filmmaker Gareth Edwards is directing from a screenplay by David Callaham, Max Borenstein and David S. Goyer. On Monday, it was reported that writer/director Frank Darabont was working on a rewrite of the script.