Update: A few hours after this story was published, Warner Bros announced a a July 12th, 2013 release date for Pacific Rim.

Guillermo del Toro has been in a bunker for the past few months prepping Pacific Rim, the giant mechs and monsters action film that he will direct for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. later this year. (Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam star.) But over the weekend the film he co-wrote and produced, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, made an appearance at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and to mark the occasion the director is doing some interviews. Naturally one of the topics is Pacific Rim, and he also talks briefly about the canceled project At the Mountains of Madness, which he insists could still happen, even though it essentially died earlier this year when Universal decided to pass on the project. Read More »

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Pacific Rim is being battered by more rumors. Last year the Travis Beacham script, in which nations of Earth band together to defeat massive attacking creatures, was picked up by Legendary Pictures. Rumors soon emerged that it was being refitted as Legendary’s new Godzilla film, and that Guillermo del Toro had been offered the picture.

Yes, Guillermo del Toro was involved with developing Pacific Rim, and ended up signing to direct it a couple weeks ago when At the Mountains of Madness fell apart, but well before that Travis Beacham took to Twitter to insist that there was no connection between Pacific Rim and Godzilla. Both are movies with big monsters, both are at Legendary, but they are totally seperate things.

Now there is a new round of rumor that again links the two projects, and says that Legendary is asking for changes to Pacific Rim in the wake of the disaster in Japan. Is this something you should believe? Right now, it seems open to question. Read More »

UPDATED: Much happened rather quickly this evening. AICN reports that Pacific Rim will be Guillermo del Toro‘s next film, and the director responds to an email from the Criterion Cast asking about a green light for At the Mountains of Madness with “The opposite-  Dead.” So At the Mountains of Madness seems to be gone. Let’s hope that some of the info below — that GDT might return to Mountains after making Pacific Rim — turns out to be true. (Do I really believe that will happen? No.) Original article follows.

Today is all about the ill-timed follow-up stories. We had a Martin Scorsese twofer earlier, and now here’s your second Guillermo del Toro update in as many hours.

Last year Legendary Pictures bought the Travis Beacham script Pacific Rim, which is a tentpole project with monsters and big destruction. There was a moment where the script was rumored to be the basis for Legendary’s new Godzilla movie, but that was quickly set right: Pacific Rim is something entirely different. Now there is a report that, due to the lengthy timeline in getting Universal to greenlight the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation At the Mountains of Madness, there is a chance that Guillermo del Toro will direct Pacific Rim as his next film. Read More »

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Briefly: Legendary Pictures is going back to Clash of the Titans writer Travis Beacham for another potential summer blockbuster. The company has just “closed a high-six figure preemptive acquisition” of a 25-page treatment called Pacific Rim. If things go according to plan, the story will become a tentpole for Warner Bros. Here’s how Deadline describes the story:

Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.

So an alien invasion picture…fine, not bad. Or a thinly veiled Star Blazers remake? That could be fun. Let’s see where it goes. Invoking the new Clash of the Titans isn’t a great thing at this point, but the finished film doesn’t represent what Beacham wrote. There were drafts after his, and a great deal of changes were made to the film in the editing room. Beacham is also the man behind the new script for The Black Hole, as well as the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea film being produced by Ridley Scott’s company.

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Now there are two 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea films. Just over the weekend we heard that Disney has been quietly re-developing the film version that was sunk last year. Instead of McG directing, this one may have David Fincher at the helm.

Here’s where it gets complicated. Fox also has an adaptation of Jules Verne‘s classic story in the works, and has Ridley and Tony Scott developing the film through their company, Scott Free. Read More »

The Black Hole

Tron isn’t the only classic Disney property to be revitalized by Joseph Kosinski. After he finishes Tron Legacy, Kosinski will turn to a new version of The Black Hole. (As a producer, possibly as director.) The 1979 original was the most expensive film Disney had made at the time, and pioneered the use of computer graphics and electronic music. As a response to 2001 and Star Wars the movie was a commercial failure, but it has an enduring legacy thanks to some timeless production design and effects work, not to mention the nightmarish ending.

So what will Kosinksi’s version be like? Read More »

The Black Hole

Disney is developing a reinvention of the 1979 sci-fi film The Black Hole, with Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and producer Sean Bailey on board, along with Clash of the Titans scribe Travis Beacham working on the screenplay. Kosinski might direct if he can find time in his schedule, with his planned sci-fi epic Oblivion and further possible Tron sequels.

The details of the update are being kept tightly under wraps, though HeatVision reports that the new take grounds the story in “the science of a black hole, much more so than in the original,” and will see the return of the red robot Maximilian. Knowing Disney’s history, I’m sure this project is being developed for a 3D release.

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Clash of the Titans

Warner Bros Pictures has issued an official press release announcing the beginning of principal photography on Louis Leterrier‘s Clash of the Titans. I’ve included the whole press release after the jump, and it is actually worth reading because it includes a detailed cast and crew breakdown, and plot synopsis. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 26th 2010.

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