You already know who New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox is, but you might not know it. If you’ve read the novelization of the recent Daredevil, Man of Steel, Godzilla, Ghostrider or Underworld films, you’ve read a Greg Cox novel. Beyond those, he’s written in the Batman, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Iron Man, Xena, Terminator, X-Men, among other universes, and over 14 Star Trek novels. Greg is an expert, he’s been doing this for over twenty years! And he was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about his newest novelization of the recent Godzilla movie, the movie tie-in industry, and more!
Let’s get to the interview!
Andrea Johnson: About a week after reading your novelization of Godzilla, I went and saw the movie. Your novelization expanded many portions of the film, including extra introductory material, and further development of side characters. When writing a novelization, how do you know what areas you can expand on, and when to “stick to the script”?
Greg Cox: In general, the studios prefer that you stick to the script in terms of the overall plot and dialogue, but there’s often room to flesh out the characters and fill in more of their backgrounds, especially with the supporting characters who might not get as much screen time and development as the leads. On Godzilla, I also had the advantage of seeing early drafts of the scripts, including scenes that were cut or shortened in the final movie.