‘Pacific Rim’ NYCC Panel Recap

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

pacific rim 3d Pacific Rim NYCC Panel Recap

Summer 2013 will bring on the superhero sequels (Iron Man 3) and reboots (Man of Steel); not to mention, a sequel to a sci-fi franchise reboot with Star Trek Into Darkness. However, one of the most intriguing – and original – projects arriving that season will be Pacific Rim, director Guillermo del Toro’s take on the Japanese Kaiju and Mecha genres (which he describes as more a love letter, rather than a Tarantino-esque homage).

Both del Toro and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham were in attendance at the film’s panel at the 2012 New York Comic-Con. The duo kicked things off by showing the teaser previously-unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con (supposedly, against studio heads’ wishes), with the promise that a proper trailer – complete with refined effects and sound mixing – will be arriving some time this December (attached to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, no doubt).

Here are some of the highlights from the discussion that followed:

  • According to del Toro, the Jaegers in the film are 25-story tall mechas where the two hemispheres of the control center are each overseen by a different pilot, who (as actor Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) revealed at SDCC) together must coordinate their actions through a neural bridge that requires them to form an intimate mental connection. Moreover, the pilots experience pain when their Jaeger is damaged, thus putting the human players at greater risk during the action sequences than in the Transformers series (thus, giving more emotional impact to the spectacle).

Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim 3D Pacific Rim NYCC Panel Recap

  • The visual aesthetic of Pacific Rim is informed by imagery from WWII, in the sense that del Toro is favoring a gruff and corrosive design, as opposed to the slick hues and shiny surfaces found in other recent blockbusters (Star Trek, for example). It’s intended to feel like a romanticized adventure story told on a grand scale; something like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea comes to mind, from del Toro’s description.
  • A 1,000 page Pacific Rim ‘Bible’ is informing the film and comic adaptation, with detailed information about the timeline of events, blueprints for the Jaeger structures, and more. Beacham called it a “supernatural guide to the world of Pacific Rim.”
  • Lastly, del Toro again touched on the post-conversion 3D issue, reiterating that he’s okay with the idea since the process is not going to be rushed, and says he’s pleased with the results so far.


Pacific Rim opens in U.S. theaters on July 11th, 2013.

Source: Flixist [via JoBlo]

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. Have any idea when the trailer is gonna be released for this?

    • Del Toro indicated this December, probably with the first Hobbit movie.

      • too far away lol

        • Hahaha Exactly!!!

  2. Can’t wait for the movie and for Romney to win.

    • This is as movie/TV site. Keep it that way. Thanks.

      I’m sure there is politicsrant.com or a site to that effect for your other needs.

      • Than Screenrant should not have posted that comment from del Toro…they opened the can of beans.

        • They’re just reporting a quote. I’m sure the screenrant writers didn’t intend to incite political discussion/debate with it.

        • But I do agree that politics should be kept out of the general comment discussion this isn’t really the forum for it

          • I just dropped that quote, so this thread doesn’t get any further off-topic.

            • Thanks Sandy. You can kill my post if you want. 😉

        • @Lord Bloodraven – Thanks. That was the point of my post.

    • lol i agree with cant wait for the movie but Romney isnt going to win lol

    • I am not quite sure if Romney has a chance against the Mechs,their are 25 story tall Mechas !

      • *They’re

    • alright you have began with it. i hope that all u.s. citizens vote the great – barack obama -,i like this man. he needs 4 more years to bring your country to the glory days. before – george.w. bush- destroyed the whole image of the u.s.a. .

      • my post was for -ink-.

      • I would comment but I agreed to let the politics go on here.

        • Thank you. :)

  3. I looked everywhere for this PANEL in the book, and online before, and there was no record of it.

    When was it? I attended this weekend and there was no sign of it. WTH!

  4. The armor props they had at the booth looked pretty good at the show, looking forward to this one.

  5. Sounds like a mishmash of Transformers, Roughnecks, and a few others.

  6. Screw everything else, give me the friggin 1000 page bible.