Confirmed: Guillermo del Toro Directing 'Pacific Rim' Next for 2013!
Although at first it was just a possibility, Guillermo himself has since confirmed and Legendary Pictures has officially announced (via press release on Deadline) that the sci-fi monster action project Pacific Rim will be the next movie directed by Guillermo del Toro. This comes after del Toro revealed that his passion project At the Mountains of Madness was effectively killed by Universal because they wouldn't take a risk on the R-rating. Anyway, Legendary is aiming for summer 2013 release for Pacific Rim, with pre-production underway and shooting starting in September. Looks like this project won't have any delays getting greenlit!
Its actually been over three years since Guillermo has directed anything. He's obviously been producing a lot and developing tons of other projects, but his last movie was Hellboy II: The Golden Army, which came out the same year as The Dark Knight in 2008. Pacific Rim is described as an epic 3D tentpole set in a future where malevolent "extraterrestrial forces" threaten the earth, and humans must band together to use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace. Guillermo did a big Q&A with Deadline about the At the Mountains of Madness situation and also commented on the official Pacific Rim announcement today:
"We started developing Pac Rim a while ago with the mad passion and enthusiasm of a project unwatched and unchecked by politics or comparisons. We designed and shepherded the movie we want to make. We start shooting in September and we hit the ground running because we are so in sync. My partnership with Legendary represents, both in scale and creative demands, a huge step forward for me."
Del Toro's a smart filmmaker and was able to quickly move on to this new project when At the Mountains of Madness fell apart on him, but it's sad to see his passion project, which was pretty much ready to go ("I was scouting [locations]… we were a week away from opening offices… we were crewed up, and frankly, I am as puzzled as most people are") get buried by Universal. As for Pacific Rim, from what I hear it could be pretty damn cool, and Guillermo gets to create his own futuristic world filled with monsters. It already sounds like he's excited to be heading to "the Pacific Rim" and unlike Mountains of Madness, I'm certain Legendary is going to make sure this progresses smoothly and makes it into production by September like they promised. "The idea is to get behind the camera this year," del Toro says. "I miss it terribly." We'll keep you updated!