Guillermo Del Toro is a workaholic. Along with the announcement of Pacific Rim 2–due for release sometime in 2017–the Mexican director has a TV version of his vampire book series The Strain debuting next week for FX, and is continuing to campaign for an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Oh yeah, and he has a horror film, Crimson Peak, in post-production. Does this man ever sleep?
Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Del Toro candidly discusses about all of these upcoming projects, gives a little bit of insight on what to expect from Pacific Rim 2, and spills some details on the animated version of his mind-bending Kaiju vs Jaeger universe. In the interview, he talks about the how he tosses ideas around with screenwriters Zak Penn and Travis Beacham, stating:
…I said to Zak [Penn], let’s keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak. (…) It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie.
Del Toro also promises a unique experience with the sequel, promising that it will stand alone and hold up well against the first Pacific Rim. Without giving away any potential plot details, he states:
I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.
It’s not surprising that Del Toro is working hard to make sure that the second Pacific Rim movie works independently of the first one; though far from being a box office flop, Pacific Rim only managed to make $100 Million domestically, so the mythology created in the first film didn’t exactly reach a majority of movie-goers.
On the topic of an animated Pacific Rim, Del Toro claims that it will focus on cadet training, which means that it will likely feature a different set of characters from what is found in the film versions. They are still tossing ideas around and are currently shopping around for the right network to broadcast the series.
The topic of Hellboy 3 was nowhere to be found in this interview, which is disheartening but completely unsurprising considering the fact that neither one of the Hellboy films did especially well in terms of box office revenue. With so many projects under his belt, it’s doubtful that Del Toro will ever make a third one–Hellboy 2 came out all the way back in 2008, and if he ever did get around to making a third one, it would be well over a decade late, with the concept largely forgotten by most casual movie audiences. It’s all about money in Hollywood, and despite their excellent reception from fans and critics alike, the Hellboy films just don’t make enough of it.
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