It’s still probably too soon to say a sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is a sure thing, but the chances for another film grew this week as the film opened big in China. For any big-budget movie, international box-office is increasingly important, and global returns can make or break a film that doesn’t explode at the US box office.
And so with a $9m Wednesday opening in China, the film has an international take that tops $150m, pushing it towards the magic number that could equal a green light for the sequel. Read More »
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Will we get to see Pacific Rim 2? It’s too early to say. The film is underperforming by most standards in North America, but it’s doing much better internationally with many major markets – such as China and Japan – yet to open. So while Guillermo del Toro‘s monster vs. robot movie might miss $100 million domestically, it could potentially triple that number overseas.
All that aside, for a second let’s imagine a glorious future where the kaiju vs. jaeger story continues in Pacific Rim 2. We know screenwriter Travis Beacham is already writing it just in case. Plus, Del Toro recently did an interview where he explained how the ending of the first film will directly relate to a sequel, including a hybrid of a kaiju and jaeger. Read More »
I’ll be the first to admit it: the summer movie season is starting to wear on me. Every week, it feels like we’re subject to another mindless big budget blockbuster, another craven attempt by a big studio at minting a money-making franchise. I wasn’t sure how many more time I could witness the entire world being imperiled, only to be barely saved by our heroes-of-the-week.
Then I saw Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
For me, Pacific Rim stands above the summer box office fray. Not since I first saw Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day back in 1996 have I felt as entertained and as awed as I did when I saw this film (and if you find that comparison off-putting then Pacific Rim probably isn’t the film for you). This movie was so ridiculously fun that it actually made me feel more negative about all the other films I’ve seen in the past few months. Below, you’ll find five ways I think the film succeeds where other summer films have failed. Note that there will be minor spoilers, so if you don’t want to know anything about the movie, you should probably stay away from the jump.
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Pacific Rim is awesome. I’ve seen it two times already on the big screen, and I plan to pay to see it a third time this weekend. I highly recommend you do as well.
I don’t usually travel for junkets because I can usually get most of the interviews I want accomplished in Los Angeles without spending days away from home. But when Warner Bros asked if I wanted to come to San Francisco to interview Guillermo del Toro, I jumped at the offer. I flew to my former Bay Area home, screened the movie at the Metreon downtown, and was up bright and early the next day for roundtables.
I sat around in hospitality waiting for my afternoon interview. That time came, and went.
Forty-five minutes later, a rep informed me that they were running so far behind that my one on one interview was no longer go to happen. They offered to try to get me into a roundtable interview with del Toro alongside some of the other journalists who got cut. I thought maybe there would be another chance to interview him solo back in Los Angeles, though Warner Bros didn’t think there would be time. I cant’t tell you how disappointed I was; I flew out just for this interview.
I left with Alex from FirstShowing to grab a early dinner before jumping on the quick plane ride back to LAX. As I walked through the Four Seasons Lobby, there he was — Guillermo. He called us over and gave me a huge bear hug (ask anyone who has ever worked with him, Guillermo is notorious for his hugs). Del Toro asked why the interview didn’t happen and I explained the situation. Without hesitation he said “Fuck that, let’s do this now”. I quickly removed my recorder and without my notes I conducted an eight-minute impromptu interview with del Toro on a couch in the hotel lobby. How cool is that? The man is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in the industry.
You can read a transcript of the interview after the jump. We chat about the challenges he faced with ILM in making his giant mech robots feel huge and real, why is it always raining in Pacific Rim, the unreal neon supersaturated look of Hong Kong, his biggest disappointment with the final cut of Pacific Rim, deleted scenes, the possibility of an extended cut, and update on the development of Disney’s Haunted Mansion, and more.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
As a director, Guillermo Del Toro isn’t unusually prolific. He’s made eight films in the last two decades, which puts him comfortably between pre-Tree of Life Terrence Malick and post-Tree of Life Terrence Malick on the productivity scale. But at any given moment, he’s talking up so many intriguing projects that it’s easy to forget he can’t actually make them all at once.
Currently, he’s waiting for the opening of Pacific Rim while getting the pieces together for Crimson Peak. Beyond that, he’s also working on Dark Universe, Slaughterhouse Five, and possibly Hellboy 3 and Pacific Rim 2. All of which means it’ll probably be a while before he gets to Frankenstein, but he already has an idea of whom he wants to star when he does: Benedict Cumberbatch. Hit the jump for more deatils.
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With Guillermo del Toro‘s new film Pacific Rim out this week, there’s sure to be tons of news on his upcoming projects. He’ll next direct the star-studded haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, but he also continues to work on Dark Universe (aka Justice League Dark), the DC Comics inspired team up featuring some of the more supernatural characters in the DC Universe such as John Constantine, Swamp Thing, the Demon, Deadman, the Spectre and Zatanna.
Del Toro confirmed not much has changed since our last update on the film. He’s still writing a big outline and waiting for their ideal screenwriter to become available. One thing that has changed, however, is that the DC Cinematic Universe has kicked off in a new way with the release of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Del Toro says, though nothing is set in stone yet, he’d definitely like his film to have continuity with Man of Steel and whatever else DC has in store. Read More »
We’ve already seen some very cool collectible art based on Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim and it just keeps rolling in. Odd City Entertainment just revealed a few more posters; there’s a full Guillermo Del Toro art show opening in Los Angeles this weekend; and that mysterious Kaiju Remedies box included two images that look very much like Mondo posters.
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Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim won’t be out for another week or so, but some of its nomenclature has already begun to permeate geek culture. “Kaiju” and “Jaeger,” words some fans were very familiar with, are becoming more common in geek circles as Warner Bros. gets closer to releasing their massive monster vs. robot movie on July 12.
Lots of the talk over the past few days, though, has been surrounding the non-geek audience and their knowledge/anticipation of the film. The “tracking,” as it’s called, is reportedly low for a film of this magnitude. Some blame that on the fact we know about the monsters and robots, but we don’t know the humans of Pacific Rim. Names like ”Stacker Pentecost” and “Hannibal Chau” aren’t quite as recognizable as the Jaeger name “Gipsy Danger.”
This latest, and probably final trailer feels like a direct answer to that criticism. While there’s still plenty of giant action, we learn about the neural connection jaeger pilots have to one another, see more of Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and Rinko Kikuchi, and even get a hint at the demons that Charlie Hunnam‘s character, Raleigh Beckett, must face. Check it out below. Read More »
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