Confirmed: Guillermo del Toro Directing 'Pacific Rim' Next for 2013!

March 9, 2011
Source: Deadline

Guillermo del Toro

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!

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Del Toro gets screwed to often I think something is amiss, hope this one goes ahead though because he is starting to get that Cimino wibe. Always loved Cimino so no one misunderstands.

Loser on Mar 9, 2011


I think Pacific Rim will be huge with Del Toro doing it! Since he's not directing Godzilla, which alot of people thought Pacific Rim was, but it would be cool to see a Godzilla cameo in this! I heard this monsters are supposed to be huge!! Not alien spaceships!

jah p on Mar 9, 2011


Indeed this is all awesome! What I would give to see Godzilla in this movie or maybe if both movies do well, they could to a crossover film or something like that. Seeing Godzilla battle giant monsters from other franchises especially Hollywood will always grab my attention.

Vinv1989 on Mar 11, 2011


With Guillermo Del Toro' this should be good, and with Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures you can expect something big!

Commanderzmaster on Mar 9, 2011


Am I the only one who thinks this guy needs to quit dicking around? I feel like every week I read about him signing on to direct or produce or have some kind of involvement in so many projects, but he never delivers. He needs to quit messing around, quit talking about making movies and actually make a movie. I'm not denying his talent at all, he's a very good director, he just needs to get in gear. I can forgive James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino for their tardiness between projects because they are actually working on their next one, but De Toro has been simply talking about working.

Garrett Jamieson DeLozier on Mar 9, 2011


You know nothing about this situation, do you? Del Toro has passed on other projects because he's been developing Mountains. It was all set to go (which you'd know if you even read the above article) until Universal pulled it because they feared not being able to recoup costs. He hasn't been sitting around twiddling his thumbs.

Ifyoudontknow on Mar 10, 2011


Wouldn't be surprised if Universal announces a different director when they say they can do it PG-13, while Guillermo Del Toro is shooting, Pacific Rim.

The_Phantom on Mar 9, 2011


Only thing I got outta this is that mountains of madness isnt being what the hell thats sucks.

Cody W. on Mar 9, 2011


lets forget AtMoM for a one point del torro is the director for as high-profile a movie as there is ( 2 actually -the hobbit movies) - and he's gone from that to ending up with "pacific rim". pacific rim could end up being very good - but , from my perspective, i'd say he's really blown it. the hobbit movies are as high-profile as they come and could have been his "signature work" in the industry. going from that to eventually ending up where he is now can't be considered a good trade.

Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011


Del Toro is still a part of the Hobbit. He wrote the screenplay. And considering his enamor with AtMoM, paired with the high-profile backing of James Cameron, I'm sure he wanted to move on that project ASAP. Toss in that the Hobbit has been plagued with delays and the possibility of not even happening, and I'm sure that only made it that much more difficult for him to stay on. Just my 2 cents.

Quazzimotto on Mar 11, 2011


yea, man - opinions are what make the conversations happen! well, i can see where you're coming from and i can agree to an extent. but to suggest that the hobbit wouldn't happen seems doubtful to me. after all the money the LotR movies made - the hobbit movies will surely be made too......just too much guaranteed money to be made there. as far as del toro writing the screenplay? nobody remembers that kind of thing - movieogoers remember the actors and director. when people look back at the LotR movies -they remember PJ. when they remember apollo13 - they remember RH......not the people who wrote the screenplay. i'm not belittling your point - i just think the director is MUCH bigger, important, and more identifyable with a movie than the screenwriter. the most interesting point you bring up is the backing of cameron. from what i've read - he and del toro are friends - i would have thought he'd had done something to help with the R-rating fight with the studio.....but that didn't happen - so, i'm not sure just how "high-profile" cameron was/is. hobbits problems (besides the nutjobs running the tolkien estate) mostly stem from all the nonsense in new zealand. that seems to be ironed out and things seem to be going ok now. as far as his being enamored with AtMoM.....what i find curious is he jumps on the project because he says it's his dream project (or words to that effect). if it IS his dream project - i'd think he'd have done whatever necessary to try and get it made. my point is that DT seems to get restless rather easily. thanks for the interesting reply!

Anonymous on Mar 11, 2011


I agree with some people here. Sure, you could say he's fucked it up but it's nice that some people don't bend down to studios. He just didn't want to do it PG-13. That deserves some fucking respect

Reeft on Mar 10, 2011


O I totally agree, I dont blame Del toro for AtMoM, like always I blame greedy ass hollywood.

Cody W. on Mar 10, 2011


Well, it was also "confirmed" that he will be doing Mountains of Madness, so all that is BS till I see it in the cinemas... This man is a creative genius man...don't mess with him...give him freedom to his thing and more masterpieces will be on their the way; give him some oscar worthy material because he deserves one too!

Gh on Mar 10, 2011



James Rodriguez on Mar 10, 2011


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