Legendary Pictures has announced that Alexandre Desplat has been tapped to score the upcoming Godzilla reboot. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Richard T. Jones and Ken Watanabe.The movie is said to tell the origin story of Godzilla in contemporary times and “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence”. Max Borenstein (Seventh Son) and Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) have written the screenplay based on a story by Borenstein and Dave Callaham (The Expendables). Thomas Tull & Jon Jashni (Pacific Rim, 42) are producing for Legendary Pictures, along with Mary Parent (Role Models, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah) and Brian Rogers. Godzilla is set to be released on May 16, 2014 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Desplat’s other upcoming projects include Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Judi Dench, which is set to premiere within the next few days at the Venice Film Festival. Also coming up for the composer is Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men and the World War II drama Suite Francaise starring Michelle Williams.