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‘Godzilla’ Will Be a “Terrifying Force of Nature,” Says Frank Darabont

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The last we heard on the ‘Godzilla‘ reboot front was that Legendary Pictures ran into some legal drama after booting out their old producers. While that’s being worked out, Frank Darabont is busy at work revamping the script one final time for the film’s 2014 release, and he’s so graciously revealed a few tidbits about what we can look forward to.

Along with movie poster artist Drew Struzan and actor Sam Witwer (‘Being Human’), Darabont sat down with io9 at a press roundtable to discuss ‘Godzilla.’ Though it hasn’t been made clear as to what exactly he was brought in to fix, Darabont did recollect the monster movie’s origins — how the monster began as a metaphor for Hiroshima and atomic bomb testing, and then transforming into the defender of Japan, the latter of which he doesn’t quite understand.

In terms of what we can expect from this new reboot of the ‘Godzilla’ monster, Darabont said:

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.

It’s nice to see Darabont is more attune with the old-timey depiction and personality of ‘Godzilla,’ despite the reports that two additional monsters will be introduced to tango with the giant, implying the version Darabont isn’t too fond of. As far as who our leading gent will be, we previously reported that ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘Kick-Ass 2′ star Aaron Johnson is up for the gig, while a pool of actors, including the ‘Man of SteelHenry Cavill, is waiting in the wings.

Stick with us for future updates on the ‘Godzilla’ reboot and click on over to io9 to read the full interview with Frank Darabont.

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