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Frank Darabont gives more details about the upcoming, non-campy Godzilla reboot

01.22.2013

For those of you interested in the upcoming GODZILLA reboot being helmed by Gareth Edwards, you might want to hear what new script writer, Frank Darabont has to say on how they are treating the monster. The good thing is that they are straying away from anything corny. With Edwards and Darabont on it, I seriously doubted that this would be the case. Darabont seems to understand the direction that the character needs to go in for the film to be successful.

Darabont first talks about the original inspiration for the character, and how that would play into what he was writing now:

"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."

Then he proceeds to talk about how the movie will stay away from the camp and take the myth into a more serious direction:

"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."

The last question asked of the writer was whether or not the story would be connected to a contemporary issue, "Yes I am, but I'm not going to give it away."

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Source: io9

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11:37AM on 01/23/2013
I really have high hopes for this, with Frank Darabont writing and Gareth Edwards directing this better be good.
I really have high hopes for this, with Frank Darabont writing and Gareth Edwards directing this better be good.
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9:10AM on 01/23/2013
You lost me at "Godzilla reboot".
You lost me at "Godzilla reboot".
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7:50AM on 01/23/2013
I love the "Clifford the Big Red Dog" analogy; come to think of it Darabont's completely right in describing how Godzilla's status as a movie monster has changed - as the character became a pop culture icon and a symbol of Japan, he became less of a frightening monster or force of nature, which is not a bad thing per se - but it would be great to see a badass Godzilla in a well-made Hollywood take on things. Looking forward to this.
I love the "Clifford the Big Red Dog" analogy; come to think of it Darabont's completely right in describing how Godzilla's status as a movie monster has changed - as the character became a pop culture icon and a symbol of Japan, he became less of a frightening monster or force of nature, which is not a bad thing per se - but it would be great to see a badass Godzilla in a well-made Hollywood take on things. Looking forward to this.
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6:56AM on 01/23/2013

HELLO? ANYONE? CLOVERFIELD?

I'm looking forward to this reboot. With CLOVEFIELD setting a new bar with monster invasion, this new Godzilla has a lot to live up to. Even though Godzy was one of the first, let's not forget about THEM, THE BLOB and many many others, the campiness is, other than for sheer comedy, is long gone. We need to feel the anxiety and desperation that CLOVERFIELD brought across. Speaking of which, as much as I love STAR TREK and would like many many more, JJ, how about a CLOVERFIELD sequel already.
I'm looking forward to this reboot. With CLOVEFIELD setting a new bar with monster invasion, this new Godzilla has a lot to live up to. Even though Godzy was one of the first, let's not forget about THEM, THE BLOB and many many others, the campiness is, other than for sheer comedy, is long gone. We need to feel the anxiety and desperation that CLOVERFIELD brought across. Speaking of which, as much as I love STAR TREK and would like many many more, JJ, how about a CLOVERFIELD sequel already. Me wanty more. The GODZILLA reboot should be fun. My kind of genetically altered blood thirsty gecko overpriced popcorn and a drink kind of fun way to spend part of a day kind of fun. So, bring it on. Let's see what we have here this time round. I don't suppose MOTHRA will get any love though. Vicious moth ravages city? Way too campy.
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12:59AM on 01/23/2013
As soon as I read the word bromance, I couldn't help to finish reading with less enthusiasm.
As soon as I read the word bromance, I couldn't help to finish reading with less enthusiasm.
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4:37AM on 01/23/2013
Are you dyslexic or stubborn? Darabont was saying it is NOT a bromance. You should have been more enthusiastic, unless you like bromances.
Are you dyslexic or stubborn? Darabont was saying it is NOT a bromance. You should have been more enthusiastic, unless you like bromances.
12:58AM on 01/23/2013
I agree I wish that Darabont understood the full appeal of Godzilla (who's like Batman, open to a thousand interpretations from Chris Nolan to Adam West) but as far as this individual film goes, I think he's saying all the right things.

'Unstoppable force of nature.' Put the 'God' back in Godzilla. Watch the original film. The Japanese 'Gojira' (not the Raymond Burr mashup released later.) That brilliant, dark, and haunting movie is almost more of a Universal Horror film than anything
I agree I wish that Darabont understood the full appeal of Godzilla (who's like Batman, open to a thousand interpretations from Chris Nolan to Adam West) but as far as this individual film goes, I think he's saying all the right things.

'Unstoppable force of nature.' Put the 'God' back in Godzilla. Watch the original film. The Japanese 'Gojira' (not the Raymond Burr mashup released later.) That brilliant, dark, and haunting movie is almost more of a Universal Horror film than anything Kaiju.

I really dug Gareth Edwards' 'Monsters' (a romantic road trip movie against the backdrop of monster-infested Mexico) and what he was able to do on a shoestring budget and to see Darabont tackle another monster movie is everything I like to hear.
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12:48AM on 01/23/2013
I like Frank Darabont a lot, but I don't think this movie is ever going to be made.
I like Frank Darabont a lot, but I don't think this movie is ever going to be made.
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11:55PM on 01/22/2013

Not that I'm not excited for this but...

"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."
Maybe it's just me, but I'd think that shift is something you probably SHOULD try to understand if you plan to make a Godzilla movie.
"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."
Maybe it's just me, but I'd think that shift is something you probably SHOULD try to understand if you plan to make a Godzilla movie.
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11:18PM on 01/22/2013

Frank Darabont's writing the script?

I'm in.
I'm in.
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10:37PM on 01/22/2013
This one is one of my most anticipated. I just really really hope that the Godzilla in this film is terrifying and scary as hell.
This one is one of my most anticipated. I just really really hope that the Godzilla in this film is terrifying and scary as hell.
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