Idris Elba Teases ‘Pacific Rim’ Monsters; Co-Writers Promise Epic Action

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

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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

To quote the duo directly:

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’…”

Guillermo del Toro on the set of ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’

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),

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  1. Confused: They said it’s “a PG movie,” but that nothing in it is “below PG13.”

    Somebody help.

    • I presume the writers meant Pacific Rim will be a “PG movie” in the sense that it won’t be Rated R – but it will still be PG-13.

      In others words, as I understand it, they’re just saying it’s gong to be Rated PG-13.

      • oh ok good. that scared me for a sec. i was thinking, how can we have a monster/robot mayhem movie rated pg?

        • I was thinking the same thing. I was hoping it was a typo. Still has me a little worried.

      • It kind of seemed like it was worded to mean that all of his other stuff was PG-13 or higher and that this one is going to be PG. I hope I’m not right…

  2. How is it “fully written and directed by Del Toro” when Dunstan and Melton “are among a handful of writers Del Toro has recruited to do “script doctoring” on the ORIGINAL Pacific Rim screenplay penned by Travis Beacham”????? FULLY written by Del Toro isn’t entirely accurate.

    • Relax, my meaning was that this isn’t a film simply produced and/or co-written by del Toro, but actually directed by him too. I just worded it incorrectly, which I apologize for.

      I’ve fixed it so it makes sense now.

      • You may want to fix it one more time, as this is the second time in two weeks that you have snubbed Travis Beacham.

        And FYI, just because Del Toro did some minor rewrites himself, as well as bringing aboard a limited number of people to rewrite certain portions, Beacham is the only one getting the WGA credit. You need to stop trying to give other people credit for BEACHAM’s work–at the core, this is still his screenplay through and through.

  3. My excitement for this movie has just sky-rocketed! Not only is Del Toro getting all the liberty he needs and cash ;). But ILM is backing him up with the Mecha and monsters CGI!!!!

    This will definitely be THE movie of 2013! 😀

  4. This is going to be huge. Most studios won’t take a risk on an original story if a better known talent isn’t directing (Cameron, Spielberg, Jackson) especially with such a big budget or a big star attached.
    I hope this is a hit because if so all the worries about del Toro’s At the Mountains of Madness will be lowered and we will finally get to see it.

    • How is this original? Hunanity fighting giant monsters in mechas? Evangelion already did back in the 90s, and the story is also similar to Godzilla Final Wars. Having said that, I am looking forward to this. I can’t wait to see what unique designs Del Toro brings to the monsters.

      • Bye original, I mean not based of a comic, book, re imagining or, sequel.
        I understand what you mean when you day the story has been told before in many different forms. I just used the word original because I was to lazy to type the rest in my post.

        • But it’s still a concept that has already been played out. Meaning it’s not original.

          • Based on that nothing at all can ever be original, think about it.

      • New take on the classic giant robot vs. giant monster subgenre? lol

  5. This is sounding good, definitely looking forward to it.

  6. I hope these monsters are something akin to the tentacled walker-thingy at the end of The Mist, which is the one of the few creatures to really stand out in my mind in the post-Thing era. That really captured my imagination.

  7. “is about gigantic extraterrestrial monsters from another dimension attacking earth and battling 25-foot-tall robotic machinery operated by humans via tech that connects directly to the pilots’ brains.”

    How does this NOT sound like a live-action adaptation of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion? The premise, so far, is the same, the location is the same. Now all we need are emotionally disturbed teenagers and we’ve either got Power Rangers or Neon Genesis Evangelion.

    • How does it NOT sound like an Evangelion adaption? I’ll tell you why, because mechs and kaijus battling one another has existed in Japanese fiction LOOOOOONGGG before Evangelion ever came around.

  8. This is pretty much a live action Anime movie right! At least influenced. Giant Mechs! Killer Giant Aliens! I’m pumped.

  9. This film sounds to be moving in the right direction. I’m in.

  10. Who hires the writers for this site? Since when did 25-story tall monsters and mechs equate to 25 feet? You may want to try in the neighborhood of 250-270 feet, dear.

    • Who hires the troll commentards for this site?

      25-story tall monsters aren’t mentioned in the article. 25 feet tall mechs are, which the giant monsters will be fighting.

      mechs are not monsters

      • The mechs are also 25 stories tall.

        Oh, and LOL @ my posts needing moderation since the author of this article is so privy to posting inaccurate information. What a joke.

  11. Big fan of Elba but this just sounds awful to me.