New movie will put the “God” back in Godzilla | Daily News

New movie will put the “God” back in Godzilla

The upcoming sequel to 2014’s ‘Godzilla’ will put the “God” back in Godzilla, director and co-writer Michael Dougherty said.

“We wanted to portray these creatures not just as giant animals, but as something you would bend your knee to in real life,” Dougherty said.

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ will hit theaters on May 31 and is the third installment in Legendary’s ‘MonsterVerse’, after the 2014 reboot and 2017’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’. In the film, Godzilla and other monsters — including Mothra, Rodan, and the three-headed Ghidorah — have been awakened and are battling for supremacy, leaving the fate of the planet, and its human residents, hanging in the balance.

Godzilla made his big-screen debut in 1954 and has wreaked havoc in dozens of movies since then. He’s a beloved character, and with the memory of 1998’s widely panned ‘Godzilla’ film still relatively fresh, the pressure is on to get things right.

“It was exciting but also terrifying,” to get the chance to make a new movie about one of the most iconic monsters in pop culture history, Dougherty said.

One decision they made was to treat Godzilla and the other monsters were more than just scary, world-destroying beasts. Instead, each has its own personality.

“I think the creatures are like musical instruments,” Dougherty explained, when discussing how they created each monster’s unique sounds.

After starting with the original roars, they worked closely with the sound designers to update them, using real noises from animals like rattlesnakes, owls, vultures, and even turtles as inspiration.

“They have to sound like themselves,” he added.

“We just wanted to treat them like the gods they are,” Dougherty explained, adding that he saw them as not just animals, but as “ancient deities.” Cheat sheet


 

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