To Increase Interest In A Film, Simply Add Darabont

I like the Godzilla movies, but only in a passing sort of way. Monsters movies have never been one of my great cinematic interests. So, while I understood that a Godzilla remake was happening, and did in fact register a resounding "eh" upon learn at, I am officially upgrading my "eh" to a "hmmm?" Why? Well, turns out, Frank Darabont, writer and director of Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, season one (aka the good season) of Walking Dead, and ghost writer on half a hundred other films, is doing the official rewrite on the Godzilla script done by Max Borenstein.

Of the film's title character, Darabont says:
"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... We want this to be a terrifying force of nature."
I think he might have hit on exactly what it was that always made the Godzilla films unappealing to me, past the original: Godzilla was basically the good guy. If I'm going to watch a monster movie, I want the giant horrible thing to be the creature of mass destruction, the insurmountable obstacle standing in the heroes way. So at least Darabont is coming at it from the right direction. Now they just need to avoid the failures of the '98 film, and they should be off to a good start.

My concern now becomes, even with a release anticipated near the 50th 60th anniversary of the character, it will still have to follow this summer's Pacific Rim. And if del Toro is his usual self, that might be a bigger obstacle to overcome then just a mutant lizard.

Via Collider.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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