Guillermo del Toro Talks Underwater & Airborne ‘Pacific Rim’ Battle Scenes

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

Guillermo del Toro Pacific Rim Battle Scenes Guillermo del Toro Talks Underwater & Airborne Pacific Rim Battle Scenes

Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming blockbuster monster movie Pacific Rim has been snagging the attention of film geeks ever since the Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director first announced it. From the onset, the project sounded like a bold attempt to make something akin to the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion as a live-action, blockbuster film. No pressure there.

A recent official synopsis has conveyed an even deeper plot, involving an odd-pair of pilots – played by Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam and Babel star Rinko Kikuchi – who must use a mind-melding device to co-pilot a giant robot, used to defend humanity against giant monsters that begin to invade the planet.

That all sounds epic enough in concept, but Guillermo del Toro recently described battle scenes from the film that – if realized in the way that we know the acclaimed filmmaker is able to do – will be bar-raising – potentially mind-blowing moments on film. Just listen to what the man himself had to say to Total Film:

“We had a Tokyo scene that we shot here in Toronto. We had several Hong Kong scenes and a few scenes in Australia, through the television. We briefly see the kaiju take over San Francisco. The whole Pacific Rim needs a sense of danger.”

“We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view.”

You can read more snippets of what del Toro has to say about the film over at CBM – or snag the whole thing over at Total Film.

del Toro on the 'Pan's' Labyrinth' set.

Pacific Rim is certainly one of our most anticipated films for 2013; the simple fact is, Guillermo del Toro has delivered something unique and at least somewhat enjoyable (Blade 2) – if not outright spectacular (Pan’s Labyrinth) – in just about every project he’s been involved in. There’s legitimate reason to believe that these scenes described above will be delivered; it’s a reasonable response to get goosebumps at the thought of sitting in a theater and seeing this play out on screen.

Robot vs. Monster battles on the bottom of the ocean and in the air. ‘Nuff said.

Pacific Rim will be in theaters on July 12th, 2013.

Sources: CBM &  Total Film

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  1. Hmm sounds like they made an anime film that isn’t related to any so ppl can;t b**** :D

    • Yeah, a homage to anime. ^-^

  2. Oh wow this sounds really epic!

  3. Really cant wait for this movie, one of my most look forward films of 2013.

  4. I hope this does really well, one because it sounds interesting. and two because i hope it allows the new godzilla film to be fast tracked and actually get underway. seriously, where did that film go?

    • I agree but for a different reason. I want it to pave the way for a Robotech trilogy.

      • Gotta love a bit of Macross! ^-^

        • Robotech would be epic and I remember reading years ago that Tobey Macquire has the rights (whatever happened to THAT guy BTW). Just thinking of Rick Hunter piloting the skull & crossbones VF-1 verses the Zentraedi? Man, gives me shivers!!!

    • I was thinking the same thing. There hasn’t been an update on Godzilla in over a year.. If this movie does as well as I hope it will, more will come!


  5. This sounds promising. As a true Anime nerd myself, Anime is an untapped source that could produce some bad ass live action sci-fi, fantasy, mecha or any of the great anime genres out there. If done right though, obviously.

  6. Sounds like another Big Box Office Bomb !!!!
    And sounds like a Movie I gonna Love…wish you well Pacific Rim !

  7. I always find Del Toro’s Hollywood movies a rather mixed bag, blade 2 was awesome but both Hellboy movies seemed to drag on for me, he seems to lose the pacing and I find myself getting bored in between set pieces, maybe Pacific Rim should be entirely in spanish then weir is guaranteed to be a classic! Mech robot smashing huge wine bottle into Alien face would be rather epic!

    • Disagree about Hellboy movies. I thought they were both great CBM’s.

      • I agree. The Hellboy movies were excellent. I am hoping for a 3rd before Perlman gets to old.

    • Im with you JamesDean. Blade 2 was a great over-the-top ride with an awesome new take on vampires (and then he went even further with the Strain). Anyways, I think the Hellboy films are far and away his most dull directorial efforts to date (we aren’t counting that tooth fairy debacle), despite Perlman’s great job in the lead role. The Golden Army looked so laughably bad, and it seemed like he recycled a ton of design elements from Pan’s Labyrinth. Further, the I am hoping that if there is another Hellboy, it isn’t with del Toro at the helm. Plus, the story was boring and utterly predictable.

  8. hmmm

    idris elba looks alot like jack from the mass effect games in that pictures! xD

    movie sounds cool

    • sorry it’s jacob… lol.. jack is the female wierdo :p

  9. who must use a mind-melding device to co-pilot a giant robot, used to defend humanity against giant monsters that begin to invade the planet.

  10. WOW! This guy would be perfect to direct a Dragon Ball saga. Just imagine.

    • I agree. I think if anyone can pull it off Del Toro can. I have been hoping for someone to make a great film on this saga and not that cheesy one that was already done. Then again in my mind I also know this might be one of those anime series that might be better left alone since it might not translate well on the big screen.

  11. This movie thus far is sounding epic. This is on my most anticipated films for 2013. I like Del Toro’s work. I thought Pan’s Labyrinth was an awesome movie. I thought Blade 2 was well done and I enjoyed the Hellboy movies. This movie if done right can hopefully lead the way for future developments for anime on the big screen.

  12. Del Toro is a gifted story teller and director. I am really looking forward to this movie.

  13. It’s a bummer that we still have a year to wait.
    Off the top of my head my most anticipated for 2013 are…
    1. The Hobbit Part 2
    2. Pacific Rim
    3. Man of Steel
    4. Iron Man 3
    I’m sure I’m forgetting something but at the moment I’m drawing a blank. Thor 2 is only a honorable mention because I wasn’t a huge fan of the 1st..

  14. Thanks for the Blade2 shoutout. The reapers in that film were fantastic, as were most of the fight scenes (absent the super-crappy cgi).

  15. This movie sounds so awesome. Going to be like a candy store.

  16. I loved and grew-up on Godzilla movies,I was watching them every sat afternoon on Shock Theater on local tv here in Ohio back in the 70s & 80s so hopefully if Pacific Rim is a big hit then later we can see some new big Godzilla films and forget that Dean DEVILian crapfest Godzilla from 97(remember that one,still cant get the taste out my mouth from shitcake) and hopefully we can get some new live action anime movies out too like GANTZ which I saw on VOD and thought was pretty awesome.