"What we're trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy," he told io9. "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."
He confirmed the movie will represent a "different kind of metaphor" than the original Godzilla. While that film presented the giant creature as a representation of the atom bomb, Darabont is showing it as something different, but he is leaving "a margin of interpretation" in there for the audience. This new film will be connected to a "different contemporary issue."
Just like he used the zombie genre to explore human nature in The Walking Dead, Darabont plans to have Godzilla explore some "very compelling human drama."
"It's not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever," he teased. "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."
Directed by Gareth Edwards, Godzilla is due out on May 16, 2014.