Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Frank Darabont talks about his 'Godzilla' script

Courtesy Legendary Films
Though we have to wait more than a year to see the Godzilla reboot in theaters, we’re hearing a lot of great details already.

We reported earlier that former Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont was rewriting and finalizing the film’s script for Legendary Pictures. But he recently sat down with Being Human’s Sam Witwer and movie poster artist, Drew Struzan over at io9 and assured us he wants the monster to be "a terrifying force of nature."

Here is what else Darabont said when asked about Godzilla’s origins as an allegory for the atom bomb and if he wants to restore that significance to the franchise:

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.
Do you want the reboot to remain true to the original or do you want to see it reflect modern times? What monsters, if any, do you want Godzilla to take on?

Also, as far as completely unfounded speculation, with the press and cheerleading Witwer has done for Darabont, might the famed director make a push to get Sam cast in a big vehicle very soon - perhaps a big vehicle with a big atomic lizard?

-Larissa Mrykalo