Saturday, July 12, 2014

Guillermo del Toro discusses the future of Pacific Rim

I have watched "Pacific Rim" a few times on Blu-ray since I saw it last summer, and I still quite enjoy it. Yes, there are some cheesy lines and stiff characters, but "Pacific Rim" featured a unique way to approach the monster movie, and I have always been a sucker for the world coming to together to fight aliens, no matter how big or small they are. I think its a fun movie and I still enjoy from time to time. I was always interested in del Toro making another entry into this series.

Guillermo del Toro recently announced a sequel to debute in April 2017. Not only that, but it seems del Toro is going to expand his world and his story in exciting directions, he's planning an animated series based on the films, as well as a continuation of a comic book series starting before "Pacific Rim's" release last year. It looks like this is not going to be a beginning to a huge franchise, and I hope each piece is as creative and cool as the first film. 

Guillermo del Toro has also mentioned that he wants his sequel to be "different" from the first film. So expect a very different style and tone in the sequel than in the first film. But recently del Toro discussed what the possibilities were for the animated show and what to expect from that. Here is what he had to say about it:

"We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters.  I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus.  We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young—very young, 11-year-olds and so forth—but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did.  And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing.” 

Sounds pretty cool, I really dig the idea of expanding a universe in many forms. I think del Toro is one cool guy and I can't wait to see what he does with these possibilities. More on this as it continues.


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