Is there a place in the American cinema for the giant lizard to finally make its mark? Wait, do you mean to tell me that this isn’t the first time we tried to reboot Godzilla for the American audience? OH! If you’re referring to this movie here…
…then you’re mistaken. It is fan-made and doesn’t have any bearing in this discussion. Huh? You say it’s listed on IMDB as an actual film? That’s because IMDB is in on the joke, don’t you understand? It’s one of the longest running joke and the punchline is those who acknowledge its existence.
So, Frank Darabont is rewriting the script for the first attempt at an American Godzilla movie. After his short stint over at AMC, he’s been keeping himself busy and seems really inspired to bring Godzilla back to its roots. Here is the full transcript of his interview with io9.
Basically, Godzilla first started out as an allegory for the atom bomb, but then changed into “Clifford the Big Red Dog” (his words, not mine) and Frankie (he’s a friend) wants to turn him back to the giant, terrifying force of nature that he once was. He feels that the monster was reduced to just being a Japanese mascot in the subsequent films and didn’t understand how that transition came about (here’s a hint: merchandising). He really wants to steer away from all the camp and weave a convincing human drama into the movie to make it resonate with us. He DID say that Godzilla will be utilized as a metaphor for today’s audience, and my guess is that he’ll represent a culmination of earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, et cetera. We’ve had too many headlines in the past few years detailing the kind of damage mother nature has caused, and I’m willing to bet that a lot of the human drama will involve relief efforts and people banding together in the face of unfortunate circumstances that are beyond our control.
If Frankie delivers on his promise, then we’ll finally get the American Godzilla movie that we deserve. If not, then-
Then nothing. We’ll all assume it never made it out of production and the film that comes out on January 7, 2014 will be considered fan-made.
Written by Daniel Lee