A few weeks ago, Legendary Pictures hired writer Frank Darabont to re-write the screenplay for the upcoming Godzilla reboot. The Godzilla production is quickly coming together as it marches toward a possible March production start. Many fans of the giant monster are wondering whether this reboot will be more faithful to the original 1954 Japanese film, or if it will more closely resemble Roland Emmerich’s horrible 1998 movie of the same name.
In an interview with io9.com, Darabont opens up about the direction of the Godzilla reboot. The production team is on the same page about Godzilla’s origins and what this new film will be about. When the original Japanese Godzilla film opened in theaters, the radioactive monster was seen as an allegory of post-World War II Japan, but somewhere down the line, Godzilla became increasingly sillier. Darabont explains:
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.