Director Guillermo DelToro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) frequently communicates with the fans via his official fansite deltorofilms.com — Since he’s currently working on his next directed film in many years (over 3 years ago), he’s been dropping hints about said piece, titled Pacific Rim. The film involves an invasion of earth from a parallel world inhabited by giant monsters. Earth responds to this infestation by building giant mechanized robots. Lots of buildings get demolished. Excited yet?
Here are a few direct quotes from his posts on that site’s Messageboard. Some are just comments, others are answering direct questions from other posters.
On what to expect of the giant robot designs in the film…
I never “bend” a property to fit me. I just fall in love with the stories and give it my everything, so- don’t worry about GOLDEN ARMY Mechas. These are proper robots but they obey our own sensibilities in design. I am not making them gear or steampunky at all but I also don’t want them to be just a “riff” on preexisting designs from Anime or games.
On changes to the script after the recent events in Japan…
As far as Japan, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), one of our main characters is Japanese and her flashbacks are tied to a MAJOR set piece set in Tokyo. We are involving – and always have involved- the entire PACIFIC RIM. Japan, China, Australia, Coastal Russia etc, etc No major rewrites took place after the Earthquake. I changed the nature and location of Mako’s flashback but it was still in Japan.
Commenting on the validity of Pacific Rim script reviews that have been circulating the interwebs over the last year or so…
Very, very old draft- much changed.
MOST of what you read has changed drastically or it’s gone. The concept, however, remains the same.
On whether he’ll be shooting both 1st and 2nd Unit himself for this film, his biggest yet...
Yes…[and] No- its i not hard not to use second unit
On the caliber of crew working on the film…
Editor is Peter Amundson (BLADE II, HELLBOY) and we have been editing since start of principal photography.
Music is about to be announced but yes, he is a top-tier composer. I love his scores. And I have not yet worked with him. [Oscar winner.]
John Knoll (Avatar, Rango, Star Wars) and ILM are heading up the visual effects on Pacific Rim.
Pacific Rim hits theaters May 10th, 2013