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As Legendary Pictures continues to lay the groundwork for its upcoming reboot of 'Godzilla,' under the direction of Gareth Edwards, the project's latest scribe is being rather forthcoming with what we can expect from the new film. Frank Darabont, who was hired at the beginning of the month to rewrite 'Godzilla,' has revealed some of the nuances he and his team hope to bring to both the titular lizard, and to the human characters as well. With a purposeful grimace, here's what Darabont said during a recent interview...
"What we're trying to do with the new movie is 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."
One of the reasons I was glad Darabont came aboard precisely relates to what he mentioned in the latter half of this quote. It's not enough to just have a bombastic monster movie, the script has to effectively develop the human element as well. Darabont has already shown twice that he can craft sensational human drama amidst a backdrop of an overwhelming monster invasion: first with 'The Mist,' and then as the showrunner on 'The Walking Dead.' This allays most of my concerns of the new 'Godzilla' therefore suffering the same problems as, say, the first 'Transformers' movie. As to the idea of making Godzilla a terrifying force of nature, I think that's the right approach to take, but it does sort of contradict the origins of the beast. The original Japanese 'Gojira' was created as a denouncement of the nuclear age, and as a portent about the danger of man's continued foray into atomic warfare. He was therefore a direct consequence of, as The Blue Oyster Cult notes, "the folly of man." It's interesting that now he's being referred to as a product of nature. I'm not criticizing this take on Godzilla, it's just an interesting switch.
What do you guys think? Do Darabont's comments instill confidence toward 'Godzilla?' Do you like the idea of Godzilla being a "force of nature."