Guillermo del Toro Calling 'Pacific Rim' His Least Modest Film to Date
by Ethan Anderton
June 27, 2011
The cast has been filling out for the return of director Guillermo del Toro with his first film directing gig in nearly four years. Though the loss of The Hobbit and At the Mountains of Madness were surely crushing, del Toro has since rounded up Idris Elba to lead his big budget sci-fi flick Pacific Rim with Charlie Hunnam and Charlie Day taking a couple major roles too. Thankfully, it sounds like this project won't end up getting pulled out from under him, and as with anything del Toro gets his hands on, he sounds extremely passionate and exciting telling Collider, "So far, knock on wood, it’s the greatest experience of my life."
Del Toro spoke briefly, but what he did reveal some nuggets of info on Pacific Rim:
"I’m having a blast, designing like crazy. I’m now hiring actors, which is always a good sign, always a great sign when you’re casting. We’re announcing a release date today or tomorrow, which makes it real also. The other thing that we’re heading towards is an impeding start date the first week in November, so we have 20 weeks to start shooting the biggest giant monster movie ever made."
And when a creature master like del Toro says, "the biggest giant monster movie ever made," that people had better listen. The filmmaker even told Shock Til You Drop, "This is my most un-modest film, this has everything. The scale is enormous and I'm just a big kid having fun. For those just joining us, the film follows extraterrestrial creatures hellbent on destroying the Earth as humanity must band together to develop highly advanced, and weapon-ready robots to fight face the creatures. There's no better director than Guillermo del Toro to take on a huge sci-fi monster movie like that, and Deadline has revealed Pacific Rim will hit theaters on July 12th, 2013, so the two-year countdown to this epic sci-fi flick begins now.