UPDATE: Well no, actually he wasn’t. Perhaps unsurprisingly, del Toro has now clarified that he has had nothing to do with this project, and has not been approached to direct it. He is, fortunately, focusing all his efforts on At the Mountains of Madness right now.
Now this is a bit crazy. An exclusive at Latino Review reveals that Legendary Pictures has offered epic-scale sci-fi movie Pacific Rim to Guillermo del Toro – but also, that Pacific Rim is actually now the Godzilla reboot. Hit the break for more details.
Man, I’m getting sick of typing the word “reboot.”
Deadline reported in May that Legendary Pictures had picked up Pacific Rim, a pitch from a 25-page treatment written by Clash of the Titans writer Travis Beacham. The plot of Pacific Rim would have been along the lines of the following:
Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.
Latino Review reports that due to the lack of quality in the current Godzilla draft, Legendary Pictures now want to use the concept behind Pacific Rim as the basis for the new Godzilla, making everything well again. The so-called “malevolent creatures” would essentially be replaced by Godzilla and pals.
And apparently the project has been offered to Guillermo del Toro. To be honest, del Toro has a lot of projects on the go at the moment, and I’d much rather he focused on those – especially At the Mountains of Madness and The Haunted Mansion. Not that I’d mind seeing some of his fantastic creature design put to work in a Godzilla movie, however.
That said, I’ve never been sure about Godzilla as a movie concept. It seems incredibly hard to balance the trials and tribulations of people running for their lives on the streets (like in Cloverfield, which kept the creature(s) mostly anonymous), and the all-out craziness of huge, inhuman monsters smashing the crap out of each other. Where does the sympathy and character lie? But maybe Beacham’s pitch solved that issue; who knows.
Latino Review re-affirms that this is only an offer at the moment. Considering how many producing and potential directing roles del Toro has open right now, I can’t see it likely that he’ll take this, unless the treatment is absolutely phenomenal. We shall see.
Would you rather the man paid more attention to his other projects? Or would you like to see Godzilla by way of the the pale man‘s creator?