Guillermo del Toro Discusses ‘Pacific Rim’ 3D Conversion & ‘The Strain’ TV Series

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:19 am,

Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim 3D Guillermo del Toro Discusses Pacific Rim 3D Conversion & The Strain TV Series

Pacific Rim - a throwback (sort of?) to Godzilla and giant robot anime, directed by Guillermo del Toro (known primarily for his horror films) and starring Jax from Sons of Anarchy (Charlie Hunnam), Chieko from Babel (Rinko Kikuchi), Luther from Luther (Idris Elba), and Charlie from It’s Always Sunny (Charlie Day) – looks to be one of the stranger blockbusters of 2013, and that could very well be a good thing.

Though del Toro originally stated that Pacific Rim would not be released in 3D, it was announced last week that it would, indeed, be post-converted for a 3D release. In a recent interview, del Toro explained the change of heart and also talked briefly about adapting his book trilogy The Strain as an FX TV series.

On why he changed his mind on post-converting Rim for 3D – courtesy of Shock Till You Drop - del Toro said:

“What happened was, in the weeks and months following Comic-Con, what I asked from the studio was to agree to four points that I wanted to do. The more the ILM shots arrived, the more I realized that there were only a few shots that would miniaturize. I asked the studio, number one, that we would not hyper-stereo-lize the thing. That we would not force 3D on the beauty shots. That we would keep the giant dimensions. They agreed.

“Number two, they agreed to something very unusual. Normally a conversion takes a few weeks. I asked to start it immediately so we could take the full 40 weeks to do the conversion. As an example, ‘Titanic’ took about 50 weeks to convert. The final thing that I asked that they agreed to, which was amazing, was that I asked them to give me an extra budget, which is considerable, to actually have ILM composite the shots that are CG native 3D. We’re not giving elements. ILM is giving the composite in 3D from the get-go. That’s a huge, huge element. Now I’m going to be involved in supervising it. What can I tell you? I changed my mind. I’m not running for office. I can do a Romney.”

How Guillermo del Toro went from overcoming the discussion to make Pacific Rim 3D to succumbing to the studio pressure to post-convert – and in only a month’s time – is anyone’s guess. I think what this says is that movie studios really don’t care about what is or isn’t 3D within the actual movie as long they get to charge extra (sometimes $5 extra) for 3D tickets. After all, the #1 films of the past four years have all been 3D, including The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Toy Story 3, and Avatar, much to the chagrin of 3D opponents. Purely on the basis of accumulating dollar bills, why wouldn’t studios demand 3D for all their blockbusters?

Of course, they also don’t want a post-conversion disaster like the one that afflicted the Clash of the Titans remake – and neither does del Toro – hence the push to convert for a full forty weeks.

On how the production for Pacific Rim is going, del Toro said:

“It’s going great. We’re about 40 weeks away from opening but, nevertheless, the pace is breakneck. So far, though, it’s been the best experience I’ve ever had.”

If it’s the best experience he’s ever had (presumably on a film), it must be a particularly refreshing change of pace from his work on the adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness - the film del Toro was working on before Pacific Rim - where Universal killed the project because they weren’t willing to pony up $150 million for a horror film about 9-foot-tall monster penguins. The experience, according to del Toro, was “soul-shattering.”

Finally, Guillermo del Toro briefly spoke about his vampire book trilogy The Strain being developed as a TV series for FX:

“Fox has commissioned a pilot. Fortunately for me, that means they’re not [just] commissioning a screenplay or development. We’re going right to pilot. That’s a very good piece of news.”

Are you guys looking forward to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim? Let us know in the comments.

Pacific Rim hits theaters July 11th, 2013. Stay tuned for more news regarding The Strain as it becomes available.


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Source: Shock Till You Drop

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  1. Hellboy 3!!!!!!!!

    • Second that !!!!

      • Thirded!

        • Fourthed!

          • Yeah!!!

            • Fifth to infinity!!!!

    • Hellboy 3 is a BIG hell yes!!! However…del Toro has said that with the story arc he had planned for HB, the third movie would entail Hellboy’s death, and GdT is woe to do it. I would, in lieu of Hellboy 3, be most enthusiastic to welcome an Abe Sapien spin off movie(because Doug Jones!). I think there is more than ample source material for such an undertaking, and who does love Abe?

      • **Who DOESN’T love Abe**

      • I would not want to see Hellboy die. There is too much story to tell. I would rather not have a HB3 if he dies.

  2. they all look like a bunch of modern robocop/batmans in the top pic!

  3. Let me just say Pacific Rim looks to not be the blockbuster
    del Toro and the studio like to think it is destined to be.
    That is my “doing a Romney” by being charitable.

    • Sadly,but i have to agree with that !
      Looks like a big Bomb to me ! Guess i will like it,but thats for sure not mass market !

  4. Hell yeah, I’m looking forward to it! I wanna see it in 2D, though. Hollywood can shove that 3D stuff where giant monsters can’t hide.

    • Agreed! 2D is a better experience IMO. 3D is just not clean enough yet.

  5. that the reaper from blade 2… sure looks so.

  6. I’m very, very excited about this movie. I don’t mind the 3D if it’s done well. And I trust Del Toro’s storytelling and vision, so ponying up a few extra bucks to see Pacific Rim will be worth it in my mind (unless for some reason it gets completely trashed by critics before it opens).

  7. 3D is something nice to see maybe ONCE a year. then its like an event. A lot of times im forced to go to a 3D movie when i dont want to. i wish it was more even when it comes to theater counts so i can have more of a choice between 3d and 2d

    • I think Promtheus was the only movie since Avatar where 3D was worthwhile. So, every three years is sufficient. ;)

      • I liked the 3D of Prometheus and TASM, and I believe that The Hobbit will have good 3D, too.

        @Draagyn: I second that, I also have no choice and have been forced to look films always in 3D (I didn’t find 2D screenings), and that is in the greatest town of Germany (Berlin).

  8. Hell yeah. Really looking forward to seeing his style of giant monsters. He’s a brilliantly creative filmmaker.

  9. You know he might as well direct a voltron movie.

    • I dont think he would do it but he could bring all those great monsters to life in a really great way!

  10. hahaha he said, “I changed my mind. I’m not running for office. I can do a Romney.” So true

    But I can’t wait for this film to come out. Need to see a trailer.

  11. I wish he (or someone) would do a serious treatment of H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward”. That could be genuinely scary in the right hands, and would not take a buttzillion-dollar budget, just lots of atmosphere!

    • I think we’d all love for him to do something like that, the problem is getting ANY production company to pony up dollars for a movie they can’t push as a blockbuster. They can’t even leave his art alone when it comes to the movies they DO green light for him. I think GdT does what he has to do to be able to share his art and storytelling. As far as the change-of-heart with the 3D, I look at it like this…he wasn’t willing to compromise the quality of the 3D just to be able to say !!!IN 3D!!!…I think he layed down some some fair and reasonable ground rules that would allow him to do it right, and wisely, the movie company agreed. I’m going to see Pacific Rim no matter what, as I am a GdT fan, and I love his style.

  12. Oh yeah! Can’t wait!!!

  13. So is this movie going to be power rangers for adults or what?

    • Super Sentai is for adults, Power Rangers is for kids! (^-^)

  14. ILM does the speciel effects?

    Fvck yeah. It will sure as hell have great eye-candy then.

  15. I will see it as was originally intended,
    in 2D.

  16. The disturbing (or rather, discomfiting) thing that Del Toro brings up in his comments is the selective nature now of 3D application. To me, it sounds like a big cheat that they can selectively make certain scenes 3D or not. It’s like saying that we will only have certain scenes in color, the rest are in black and white, or there will only be certain scenes with sound, the rest are silent. What? When did this happen? 3D isn’t new. And I remember that back in the day, it was all 3D or nothing. That’s how it should be.

  17. I think Del Toro knows exactly what he wants to do with giant robots and monsters. Im looking forward to seeing his vision of this. Im a big Godzilla fan but also of giant robots. It could be worth the extra bucks to see it. The first trailer will give us a fair idea of it. For thoswe that like giant robots, there is a trailer for a live action “Gaiking” movie which is incredible. Worth taking a look at on YouTube.

    Gaiking Live action trailer. check it out.

  18. Refreshing Story. Hope the film is as great as its potential.

  19. Right of the start . Yes on HB3!But so far pacific Rim is looking pretty good . I hope it can deliver . As for the 3D … If its not shot in 3D i will not see it in 3D almost all upconverts to 3D suck . i will check the 3D version out when it comes out for rent on my 3D TV but not gona have my enjoyment of the film soured by a possable crap 3D conerversion.