It’s pretty easy to be excited about seeing Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming sci-fi project, titled Pacific Rim. The film boasts a great cast of fan-favorite leads and decorated character actors alike, marks the first film co-written and directed by del Toro since the second Hellboy flick – and, perhaps most important of all, is about gigantic extraterrestrial monsters from another dimension attacking earth and battling 25-story-tall robotic machinery operated by humans via tech that connects directly to the pilots’ brains. Kind of hard to not be at least mildly intrigued by that description, yes?
While del Toro has been keeping fans up-to-date on the project’s status via his official site, there’s recently been extra positive buzz surrounding Pacific Rim – as stirred up by star Idris Elba and the co-writing duo of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Saw IV-VII).
Between snagging a Golden Globe for his work on the TV series Luther and promoting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Elba’s been kept plenty busy while not working on Pacific Rim in recent months. However, he recently managed to find time to tease the (as del Toro has called them) “top notch monsters” which will be making an appearance in the latter project.
Elba offered the following to MTV, when asked about how Pacific Rim‘s creatures compare to Godzilla:
“It’s hard to say. Godzilla would throw out the wrong sort of image, I think. We are talking about some big MF-ers… There’s a lot of actuality in ['Pacific Rim'] because [del Toro has] created huge sets. I mean, we’ve taken over four sets in Pinewood in Toronto and built a lot of the stuff that you might see. Yes, there is huge CGI I’m sure, but we built a lot of stuff too.”
Dunstan and Melton – who are among a handful of writers del Toro has recruited to do “script doctoring” work on the original Pacific Rim screenplay penned by Travis Beacham (Dog Days of Summer, Clash of the Titans) – were even more openly enthusiastic about the project in a recent interview with FEAR.net.
To quote the duo directly:
Guillermo del Toro on the set of ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’
Melton: “… [Working on 'Pacific Rim'] was an amazing experience, because we read the script, and so we went in knowing what the producers and studio wanted us to do; and we went in and met Guillermo, and he started showing us the tests by ILM. They were just mind-blowing… This is a PG movie. Most of his stuff is pretty edgy, for the most part. Nothing below PG-13 that I can think of. So this is his sort of four-quadrant movie. But it’s got all the traits of a Guillermo movie, with the monsters and the young characters and the things that go bump in the night… It’s pretty great.”
Dunstan: “We’ve been denied a Guillermo del Toro movie for a few years now, and we had the feeling in sharing some time with him that there’s been a well, that became a dam, that became a crushing force waiting to burst and give everything to ‘Pacific Rim’…”
Bear in mind: nobody who has worked (or is currently working on) Pacific Rim would be likely to voice their concerns or complaints about the project, while it’s in the midst of production. So, as is the case with any big-budget tentpole release, it’s best to not swallow all this hype whole.
That said, everything revealed or mentioned about this project to date (in terms of scale, design, and thematic quality) has sounded very promising at best and attention-worthy at the least. As far as we here at Screen Rant are concerned, this is already one of our more anticipated titles of 2013; considering that we’re only two months into 2012, that’s saying something.
Look for Pacific Rim to invade theaters around the U.S. on May 10th, 2013.
Source: MTV (via Digital Spy), FEAR.net