Earlier this month, we reported that The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont is providing a final screenplay revision for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot. For fans of this legendary monster who were worried that the remake will be campy, the screenwriter recently put those notions to rest. Take a look at what he had to say, revealing that he wants to make Godzilla a "terrifying force of nature."
Godzilla will be a terrifying force of nature, according to writer Frank Darabont
"What I found very interesting about Godzilla
is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And some of the atom bomb testing we were doing in the South Pacific in the subsequent years. The giant terrifying force of nature that comes and stomps the shit out of your city, that was Godzilla
. Filtered through the very fanciful imaginations of the Japanese perception. And then he became Clifford the Big Red Dog in the subsequent films. He became the mascot of Japan, he became the protector of Japan. Another big ugly monster would show up and he would fight that monster to protect Japan. Which I never really quite understood, the shift. What we're trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We're kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It's not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It's different, it's a different set of circumstances than you're used to seeing. And that's tremendously exciting as a writer when you're asked to do something else."
He also revealed that this creature feature will leave enough for audience members to make up their own minds about what this story really means, just like many of his previous movies.
"I love leaving a few crumbs on the table for the audience to determine what they think. Let them bring something to it as well. That's why a movie like The Green Mile
is so satisfying or why Stephen King's The Mist
is so satisfying to me. Because it stirs their participation and they have interpretation. I've heard metaphors that people apply to The Shawshank Redemption
, for example, that are fantastic that I never, ever would have thought of. And I say, you know what? You are absolutley right. That is exactly what it means to you. And how satisfying for me to have served you this meal and you identify flavors in it that I never even intended. That's one of the great rewards of what we do."
Godzilla was released May 16th, 2014 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Cameron Adams, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Carson Bolde, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.