Frank Darabont Opens Up New Godzilla Movie

Frank Darabont is writing the new Godzilla movie. Now he’s talking about what his version of the classic monster will be like.

The new Godzilla movie is set to be directed by Gareth Edwards. Edwards only other directorial credit is Monsters, a low budget monster movie that focuses on human nature instead of excessive violence.

Frank Darabont was most recently fired from The Walking Dead, a show known for gratuitous violence. He also wrote and directed The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. Both were multiple Academy Award nominated films.

It was recently announced that Darabont was brought on board to re-writeGodzilla for Edwards. Now the acclaimed writer/director has sat down with iO9 to talk about his vision for Godzilla.

About whether the movie will be campy or serious he says:

“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.”

He then talks about he decided to take on the re-write:

“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.”

Darabont also explains that just how the original Godzilla was a social commentary about Hiroshima, the reboot will have a modern social commentary as well. We’ll see for ourselves when Godzilla is released in March 2014.

Are you excited for the new Godzilla movie?