News has been coming in fast on Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake. Earlier this month, we shared the news that Frank Darabont had signed on to rewrite the film. Then we reported that Aaron Johnson was in talks to play the lead.
Today, we have some more information on the project from Darabont himself. In a recent interview, Darabont talked about the tone of the new film and how it compared to the original series.
Speaking with io9, Darabont expressed a desire to return Godzilla to his roots as a “giant, terrifying force of nature” as opposed to the “mascot” that he became in later films.
“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 s**t 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.”
Darabont went on to say that he didn’t want the film to be campy, and also that “there was a very compelling human drama” in the film that wasn’t a cliched romance.
As much as I enjoy movies like Mothra vs. Godzilla, Darabont’s approach seems like the right direction for the reboot. Godzilla works as a loveable hero, but he works better as a “force of nature,” as confirmed by the successful reaction to the movie’s test footage at Comic-Con this past year.
Giant, terrifying monsters seem to be making a comeback with both Godzilla and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. The trailer for the latter film has gotten a huge response so far. One can only hope that Godzilla ends up delivering the goods, as well.
Godzilla hits theaters on May 16th, 2014.