Director Guillermo Del Toro Discusses the Start of Production on Pacific Rim
11.18.11 by Ryan
Had he not already quit, director Guillermo del Toro would be in the midst of Middle Earth shooting the Lord of the Rings prequels The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Instead, del Toro is gearing up for his next project, the monster movie Pacific Rim.
In June, del Toro revealed that production would begin in November for what he called "the biggest giant monster movie ever made", and, true to his word (about the start date, anyway), del Toro told Wired that production was about to start. "We start shooting next Monday on Pacific Rim which is a gigantic production for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.," said del Toro.
While a detailed synopsis has yet to be revealed for Pacific Rim, del Toro has previously revealed that the movie will be inspired by "the kaiju genre in Japan" ("kaiju" translates to "strange beast"), perhaps not unlike Godzilla. Reportedly, Pacific Rim is set in the year 2025, the 12th year of a war against the invading alien creatures who live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but nothing has been officially confirmed yet. Del Toro would only concede that the movie will have "giant monsters versus giant robots".
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.
Written by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), Pacific Rim co-stars Rob Kazinsky and Rinko Kikuchi.