New GODZILLA To Parallel Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Disaster?

New GODZILLA To Parallel Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Disaster?

The original Godzilla films began as a metaphor for nuclear attacks, like Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the atom bomb testings in the South Pacific. Recent set photos seem to show similarities to 2011's Tōhoku earthquake and Fukushima meltdowns.

As you will remember, in 2011, Japan was rocked by a magnitude 9.0 megathrust earthquake off the coast of Tōhoku. The earthquake, which was the most powerful one to hit Japan, triggered massive tsunami waves, as high as 133 feet. While the earthquake and tsunamis destroyed buildings and lead to the deaths of 16,000 citizens, it also caused nuclear meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex.

When filming began in the middle of March, the Vancouver Convention Centre was being used as the Honolulu airport. The televisions that could be seen by photographers had the message, “Earthquake Rocks Eastern Japan,” scrolling across the screens. Since then, we've seen an abandoned Japanese fishing village that was, based on signage, in a Nuclear quarantine zone. Stars of the film, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, were spotted just a few days ago walking through a deserted Japanese street. You can see images of that empty street below. The Coquitlam paper recycling plant on the Fraser River was used as the Janjira nuclear power station. You can also see an image of that signage below.

None of this should come as too much of a surprise as Frank Darabont ("Shawshank Redemption"), who was hired to rewrite the script, hinted at this when he was interviewed by io9.

Godzilla has its origins as an allegory for the atom bomb, but today it's more of a straightforward monster movie. Do you want to restore some of that allegorical significance to the franchise?

Frank Darabont: 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.

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.

Are you looking to connect it to a different contemporary issue?

Frank Darabont: Yes I am, but I'm not going to give it away.

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GODZILLA is being directed by Gareth Edwards ("Monsters"), from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham. The cast includes: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The film will stomp into theaters May 16, 2014.
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StrangeBlackPantherDoctor - 6/27/2013, 9:34 AM
Definitely use that.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/27/2013, 9:35 AM
Me want trailer
thedude2936 - 6/27/2013, 9:43 AM
@McGee lol
JGAR - 6/27/2013, 9:48 AM
Good, that disaster is a great choice for Godzilla's origins in this film. Plus, its right in Japan, reasonable move for Godzilla to attack the country.
exe - 6/27/2013, 9:55 AM
Still no sign of the main man. Wtf.
GodzillaKart - 6/27/2013, 9:56 AM
Hope this is good.
FreedomFreeLife - 6/27/2013, 10:01 AM
I really cant wait, i just hope it will be good.
comicb00kguy - 6/27/2013, 10:05 AM
This sounds like an interesting idea. I just hope the story is good.
Thegoddamnbatman52 - 6/27/2013, 10:25 AM
For all of you asking where the monster is remember, HE IS A CGI CREATION. You won't capture set pictures of computer generated imagery meaning we won't see what he looks like until Warner bros is well and ready to show us
JettJagguarrr - 6/27/2013, 10:28 AM

Sitterson - 6/27/2013, 10:33 AM
So psyched for this movie!
Genaro - 6/27/2013, 10:34 AM
They got it all wrong that's not how the Bart logo looks like and how the San Francisco buses look like.
datNAMEtho - 6/27/2013, 10:42 AM
shame they shot this with the arri alexa. this film looks gigantic and it should be shot in a high resolution or 35mm and IMAX!

Considering the digital aspect, I'd be much better if they went with the CineAlta f65 to shoot and render the whole thing in 4K. I know that's pricey but damn, the movies will look good then!!
Facade - 6/27/2013, 10:45 AM
Well, that's not least the set designs will be authentic looking.
ComicFan523 - 6/27/2013, 10:57 AM
Really looking forward to this movie.
fettastic - 6/27/2013, 12:17 PM
Also, I love the Clifford the Big Red Dog reference, ha ha.

Darabont is the shit, he'll make a great film. I actually had no idea he was involved until just now.
Maia87 - 6/27/2013, 12:59 PM
fettastic - 6/27/2013, 1:43 PM
All I know is, this scene better be in it!
BlindJustice - 6/27/2013, 10:36 PM
@sKeemAn - I agree, The Walking Dead's 1st season was mostly shot in downtown Atlanta and they used actual MARTA signs. I wonder why they chose not to use (or pay to use) actual BART signs from San Fran's bay area.
loki668 - 6/28/2013, 12:44 AM
The Big G is just waiting for his close up.

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