Ever since legendary Japanese director Ishiro Honda released Godzilla in 1954, monsters on-screen have never been the same again. There have been countless follow-ups, remakes and adaptations, not all of them good. The latest Hollywood remake opens in North America this Friday and the director said it will stay faithful to the original idea of the movie being a metaphor for the nuclear threat.
The new movie, simply entitled “Godzilla”, boasts of credible indie cred from the director to the actors, which gives hope for a movie that will both be critically acclaimed and a box-office draw. Director Gareth Edwards made the independent sci-fi movie “Monsters” back in 2011, actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are both indie darlings and lead star Bryan Cranston just came from finishing the hugely successful TV series Breaking Bad. This remake of course will have cutting-edge special effects and computer-generate imagery (CGI) but its British director also assured that it is “probably a lot more character-driven than normal Godzilla movies.”
The script for the movie was being written in 2011 when the Fukushima nuclear meltdown occurred, and the writers all the more wanted to incorporate the spirit of the original, which showed the consequences of nuclear weapons. “It’s kind of the job of these kind of movies to reflect the times and the problems. We’ve opened this Pandora’s box of nuclear power, and you can’t put it back in,” Edwards emphasized. Producer Thomas Tull, who has been a life-long fan of monsters, said that Godzilla is a “force of nature” and has become a global icon and personally, he was thrilled to be remaking a childhood favorite of his.
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