Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards and a reboot of Toho'sGodzilla franchise. It is the 30th film in the Godzilla franchise, the first film in Legendary's Godzilla-Kong cinematic universe, and the second Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio, the first being the 1998 film of the same name.[Note 1] It stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche,Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, and features Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is credited to Max Borenstein but includes contributions from David Callaham, David S. Goyer, Drew Pearce, and Frank Darabont. The film is a co-production between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, with the latter also distributing the film worldwide, except in Japan where it was distributed by Toho. The project initially behan in 2014.