It was announced earlier this month that Frank Darabont has joined Gareth Edward’s upcoming Godzilla as a screenwriter. Today, in an interview with io9, Darabont speaks about what he hopes to bring to the reimagined franchise.
“What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” he explains. “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 s–t out of your city, that was Godzilla… 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.”
Darabont goes on to explain that, while there’s an updated allegory for the new take on Godzilla, he’s hesitant to explain what he considers it to be because he doesn’t want to alter the interpretation of moviegoers. You can read the full interview by clicking here.
Godzilla is slated to hit theaters May 16, 2014.