Frank Darabont talks about his Godzilla script

News Ryan Lambie
24 Jan 2013 - 10:20

With Frank Darabont now working on the new script for Godzilla, he's been talking about his ideas for the forthcoming monster flick...

As you've probably already read, screenwriter Frank Darabont's been hired to provide a rewrite for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot, which is due to start shooting in the spring. Darabont, of course, is no stranger to great genre material, with Trancers, The Blob and The Fly II counting among his early writing, and The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist being his acclaimed forays into both screenwriting and directing.

As for Godzilla, he's been talking to io9 about the creature's legacy, and what he wants to bring to his version of the script.

"What I found very interesting about Godzilla is that he started off definitely as a metaphor for Hiroshima and Nagasaki," Darabont said. "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..."

Edwards' version of Godzilla, he said, isn't "camp", but follows the "tradition in the first film" - introducing a scarier, more forbidding version of the giant lizard.

"We want this to be a terrifying force of nature," Darabont enthused. "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."

Godzilla's currently scheduled for a May 2014 release date.


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