After Guillermo del Toro’s dream project — At the Mountains of Madness — was cancelled unceremoniously, he has thrown himself into a number of new projects. Currently, he’s directing Pacific Rim, starring Idris Elba and Charlie Day, and developing The Hulk TV show.
Today, an interview with del Toro hit the Internet where he discussed both Pacific Rim and The Hulk while promoting the comic book adaptation of his vampire book series, The Strain. Check it out below.
On how Pacific Rim is coming along, courtesy of io9, Guillermo del Toro said:
“Very good, we’re at the end of our second week. We are shooting everything for the main complex in the movie, which is a huge complex in Hong Kong where the robots are maintained. We are doing that, while building downtown Hong Kong streets.”
Pacific Rim, in short, is about people in the future piloting giant robots to fend off an alien threat in the form of massive, ghastly monsters.
On how The Hulk TV show is coming along:
“Very good. We delivered the screenplay to the network. I have a very specific idea of how to do it, and we’re waiting for the green light. [Ed. note: No pun intended?] We know all the iterations of the Hulk pretty [well]. We’ve read all the essential stories, and we’re then riffing on that. There are so many incarnations and ideas. Jeph Loeb — who did a good run [on Hulk: Grey] — is involved, and I love Peter David’s Hulk. But there’s really no part in that mythos that we don’t know, so we are trying put our own personal spin on it.”
While io9 says that del Toro was referring to Jeph Loeb’s Hulk: Grey, people don’t usually refer to a miniseries as a run. Loeb’s most recent run on The Hulk – which saw the creation of the darker, edgier, more “extreme” Red Hulk – sold fairly well to start but was utterly reviled on the Internet. Hopefully, io9 was right and del Toro was referring to the former and not the latter, but it’s doubtful.
Peter David’s run on Hulk, on the other hand, is considered to be one of the better runs in the character’s history, thanks to the creation of the Grey Hulk and perhaps the most memorable Hulk/Wolverine fight to date. Does this mean we’ll be seeing the appearance of different colored Hulks in the TV show – Mr. (Joe) Fixit in particular?
On why del Toro continues to re-imagine horror, science-fiction, and fantasy tropes in his films:
“The reality is that it comes not from a goal, but from the fact that I’m fulfilling my bucket list as a kid.”
On what’s inspiring him currently as an artist and filmmaker:
It’s not much, but it all sounds interesting. Do you agree or disagree, Screen Ranters? Let us know in the comments.
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Pacific Rim is filming now and is expected to hit theaters May 10, 2013. Hulk has yet to be greenlit, but once it is, we’ll let you know.