The former The Walking Dead show-runner talks on what he's doing to the script for the Legendary Pictures Godzilla movie.
Source: How Frank Darabont will return Godzilla to his rightful place as a terrifying force of nature
During a round table interview with Io9, Frank Darabount talked about what he's trying to do in rewriting the Godzilla script when asked about it:
"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."
It's an interesting aspect he and the people behind this project are going with Godzilla. The last time a Godzilla movie was trying to be this was the 2001 entry: Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: All-Out Monster Attack! The movie was a very refreshing take on the three kaiju and is heralded as one of the best of the modern Godzilla films.