I’m paraphrasing him, of course.
In a roundtable interview with the boys at i09, Frank Darabont (along with actor Sam Witwer and poster artist Drew Struzan), dived into what he is currently doing with the “Godzilla” script he’s writing for director Gareth Edwards. (By the way, why can’t Darabont also direct this movie? Maybe he should wink-wink, nudge-nudge Legendary into letting him direct, too. Edwards is okay, but he’s no Frank Darabont.)
So what exactly is Darabont’s take on the Big G?
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.
So definitely nothing campy, right?
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.
He goes on to talk about audience participation in films, such as with his “Shawshank Redemption” and “The Mist”. You can read a portion of the interview (though not all — io9 is going to put this out in drips, apparently) over at io9.
So does this mean Darabont won’t be giving us more of these gems?