Pacific Rim Gets A Release Date, Guillermo Del Toro Says It's His Most Un-Modest Film
A little over a year ago director Guillermo Del Toro decided, amid constant delays and problems, that he would walk away from The Hobbit. Among his reasons, one of the biggest was that he saw no start date in sight and wanted to get behind the camera again. Fast forward to today and Del Toro still hasn't set foot on a set and Peter Jackson is a few months into production on The Hobbit. Before you start questioning the director's choice, however, it should be noted that he is in pre-production on the epic monster movie Pacific Rim, and if what Del Toro has been telling journalists is true, then we should be in for a real treat.
Speaking with STYD at the junket for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the filmmaker confirmed that Pacific Rim is likely to be the biggest film that he has ever made. While Del Toro has had experience with monsters before, from the Hellboy movies to Pan's Labyrinth, this one operates on a whole new level. "This is my most un-modest film, this has everything, "Del Toro said. "The scale is enormous and I'm just a big kid having fun." The story, written by Travis Beacham, is about giant other-dimensional monsters who come out of the ocean to wreak havoc on coastal cities and a crew of soldiers in giant mechanized suits are sent in to fight back. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day are all in various stages of negotiating roles in the film. Also, THR has learned that the movie has been outfitted with an official release date of July 12, 2013.
As much faith as I have in Del Toro (and believe me, that's a ton of faith) I do worry about the film's logline. Obviously it's hard to get incredibly detailed when dealing with one sentence of information, but I'm really hoping this isn't the director's version of a Michael Bay movie, with robots fighting monsters and no depth or sense of character. Let's hope we getting a better plot synopsis sooner than later.
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