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."
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.