Guillermo del Toro Talks ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer, 3D Conversion, & Possible Sequel

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

This past summer, Guillermo del Toro impressed the crowds at Comic-Con with the first footage from his sci-fi film Pacific Rim. And soon everybody else will get a chance to check out the movie when the first trailer hits theaters next month.

In a recent interview, the director revealed that the trailer would come out in mid-December (probably with The Hobbit). He also talked about the ongoing 3D post-conversion for the movie and the possibility of a sequel.

Speaking with Collider, del Toro said that much of the film’s large-scale special-effects footage is being finalized for the trailer. Del Toro also spoke about the film’s 3D, which was the subject of some contention earlier this year when he said it wouldn’t be 3D before making the announcement that it would be post-converted to 3D.

Despite his initial opposition to post-conversion, del Toro reiterated his comments from the Pacific Rim New York Comic-Con panel that the footage is looking good so far.

“We’re getting footage in 3D from two forms: one is all the footage that is CG is being composited directly by ILM. So John Knoll, who is one of the greatest minds in the business, is supervising that there’s no miniaturization in those shots. And they’re looking gorgeous; they’re coming basically fast and furious every week. And the other sources of 3D is Stereo D, and those are looking fantastic too.”

Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim 3D Guillermo del Toro Talks Pacific Rim Trailer, 3D Conversion, & Possible Sequel

Obviously, del Toro isn’t going to trash the 3D conversion for his own movie, so it’s important to take his feedback with a grain of salt. However, given how much effort del Toro puts into the practical effects on his films, it’s reasonable to expect the same exacting detail for the digital effects and 3D conversion.

Later in the interview, del Toro also broached the subject of a possible Pacific Rim sequel, but made it clear that, while there have been some preliminary story discussions, he has several other projects he wants to get to first, including Pinocchio and the TV adaptation of his comic book series The Strain.

“We certainly started tossing ideas for possibilities of a sequel and Travis Beacham and I are writing a proposal of ideas, but at the same time I know I don’t want to do that next. I want to do something else, I want to do something in a different genre that’s not so big. So I don’t know yet what it’s gonna be, but I know that next year I’m delivering Pacific Rim in July and then I’m doing—God willing—the voice shooting for Pinocchio and then the pilot for The Strain for FX.”

Guillermo del Toro is one of those rare directors that makes people sit up and pay attention – and the epic nature of Pacific Rim has the potential to be his biggest movie yet. That, coupled with the film’s interesting cast, including Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day, makes it one of the most-anticipated movies of 2013.

Look out for the Pacific Rim trailer to hit theaters next month. The movie’s official release date is July 12, 2013.

Source: Collider

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  1. Most people never have heard of this Movie !
    But for us Geeks…of course we can’t wait ! :)

    • i know and that has me worried about the box office potential. hopefully good word of mouth lets hold well. If its good it would be nice to see a sequel.

      • I’d never heard of he Avengers being made until weeks before its release in April so don’t doubt the marketing machine once it gets closer to release. The mass market may not have heard of this yet but they will.

  2. In Del Toro I trust.

  3. Speaking for myself, I’ve yet to see a movie – and I include Avatar in that – where the 3D element wasn’t an unnecessary tack-on. I realise that many directors are probably more or less blackmailed into doing it by market forces, especially in the sci-fi/fantasy genres, but from Del Toro’s earlier comments I suspect he has a similar opinion.

    Personally I prefer the 2D versions. When true 3D movies are made, where there’s no annoying glasses and you’re surrounded by the action, then maybe I’ll enjoy it.

    • Have you seen Hugo? I believe Scorsese really accomplished wonders with the format.

      • Agreed with Hugo it was very easy on the eyes

        • Dredd was also better in 3D than it was in 2D.

          Otherwise, I agree that 3D is the same fad that I’ve already seen twice before in my lifetime and adds nothing to a movie.

      • @Kaunte: no, I only saw Hugo on DVD, so it was 2D.

  4. Guillermo del Toro, despite his success, always came across as a guy who is humble enough to admit if something isn’t so great about his movies. If he does a complete 180° on the 3D thing and starts praising it after not wanting to do it at first, you can be sure that it’s not on his own accord but by studio pressure.

  5. I so want this to be awesome!!!

  6. I wish Hellboy 3 was in that list of his “todo” films before the sequel to this.

  7. The Avengers kinda curbed my fearful reactions to hearing an upcoming project is getting a post-treatment. And in anycase I trust Del Toro, he’s always been honest and vocal about the realities of his own work and I don’t expect that to change. It’s going to be worth seeing in either case, he makes film that you’ll never get from anyone else.

    Also, on a small editorial note – The Strain is an trilogy of novels he wrote with Chuck Hogan, not a comic book.