Shooting on Guillermo del Toro’s Monster Movie ‘Pacific Rim’ Underway

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

pacific rim guillermo del toro Shooting on Guillermo del Toros Monster Movie Pacific Rim Underway

Aside from a few scattered casting updates, it’s been awhile since we had an update on Guillermo del Toro’s mega-monster film, Pacific Rim – which, despite a few setbacks (i.e. rewrites after the natural disasters in Japan), is still on target for a 2013 release date. However, despite their excitement, many Del Toro fans have been anxiously looking at the clock – wondering if the visionary director will be able to put together such an ambitious film without a clear start date.

Now, a bit out of nowhere, Del Toro confirmed that shooting on Pacific Rim would commence this week.

Speaking with Wired, in an interview that was conducted last week, Del Toro announced that shooting on the film would begin on Monday, November 14th – which means (now that the article is out there) that if Del Toro’s claims are accurate, filming on the genre flick in now already underway:

“We start shooting next Monday [Eds. note: Nov. 14] on Pacific Rim, which is a gigantic production for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.”

Del Toro as well as writer, Travis Beacham, have both been pretty tight-lipped about the finer details of the Pacific Rim plot but the film is largely expected to be a genre experience inspired by classic mega-monster films - with the addition of giant mechs piloted by humans. If that’s hard to picture, imagine something along the lines of Godzilla vs. Transformers – backed with rich designs from Del Toro’s trademark visual style.

Here’s how Del Toro himself describes the production:

“We are working with actors that I absolutely adore. Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman. It’s really, it’s a very, very beautiful poem to giant monsters. Giant monsters versus giant robots. Twenty-five-story-high robots beating the crap out of 25-story-high monsters. We’re trying to create a world in which the characters are real and how it would affect our world politically, how it would affect the landscape if creatures like this really came out of the sea, etc.”

Pacific Rim is no doubt Del Toro’s most ambitious, and large-scale, project to date – even considering a resume that includes Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Blade 2. It’ll be especially interesting to see how the filmmaker balances all of the elements that he mentions above: giant monsters and robots, real characters, as well as politics. Del Toro certainly has his work cut out for him – as many filmmakers have a difficult time walking the line between large-scale action and grounded character drama (we’re looking at you Michael Bay).

Plus, the mention of “how it would affect our world politically” certainly hints at a multi-national storyline with a wide range of primary side-characters that will likely have their own story arcs. Similar set-ups (such as Independence Day) mostly managed to juggle a large batch of interwoven characters with large-scale disaster but Del Toro has always tried to mine a lot more depth out of his films (as evidenced in his Hellboy installments) – when compared to other genre fare. As a result, it’s possible that even if Del Toro doesn’t nail every single ambition he’s shooting for, fans will still be in for an exciting time at the movies.


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Pacific Rim is officially set for theatrical release on May 10th, 2013.

Source: Wired [via Latino Review]

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  1. This sounds awesome

  2. Sounds like their will be allot to talk about after this movie releases. I hope he breaks the genre frankly and leaves people wondering where it could go from here…

  3. It’s great to hear that production has finally started on a new Del Toro film. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite films of all time and we’ve had to wait way to long for a follow up.

  4. So Legendary is behind this and Godzilla?

  5. seriously this is starting to sound more like a mecha anime.

    • Well Del Toro certainly took inspiration from all the Japanese Godzilla/Mecha stuff. He even wrote it initially based out of Japan ;)

      Too bad he had to re-write just because of the tsunami. Tokio as the center of it all would have been the perfect mecha vs. monsters scenario! :(

  6. Glad Del Toro is finally shooting something new :D

    Really looking forward to this movie, the giant monster genre has been dead for years, and I sure miss it! And with the right man for the job we could be getting a new era of monster movies ;) Just like Nolan did for comic book movies!

  7. To me it sounds more like the Anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, with the pilots being not kids but adults.

    • Exactly what I was thinking.

      Except I remember them saying that the robots in this movie have two pilots at a time, and that sounds like the mechs from Blue Gender.

    • And how dare you remind me of the painful intermission I must endure before witnessing the third Eva movie!!

  8. I’m a Del Toro fan so I’m looking forward to this.

  9. This hopefully should be epic.

  10. Complete neon-genesis rip-off. Location, the robots, the monsters, the troubled pilot… Pretty much everything about it, except probably without the religious undertones. I’m keen to see the robot designs, see if they end up ripping those off as well.

    Ah well. I’ve always wanted a live Eva movie, and if this is the closest we’ll get to one, i guess that’s better than nothing :)

  11. I have to admit that I’m extremely excited about this movie. In the capable hands of GDT,this should be a *ahem* MONSTER hit!!!