We know Guillermo del Toro won’t be making At the Mountains of Madness for a few years, if at all, but the next project del Toro is working on has a high chance of getting made, and is called Pacific Rim.
The only details we’ve heard so far are that it will be “a PG-13 tent pole-sized project with big monsters and the creation of a new world”. However, new plot details have emerged which suggest this project will give the director the opportunity to create two worlds.
From News in Film:
The first is an alternate version of Earth in the near future, decades after a historic date in November 2012 when the first kaiju, a towering Godzilla-like beast, emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan. The second is “The Anteverse,” another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our ocean’s surface.
Since the first attack, the rim has been “spitting out” a variety of gigantic monsters at an increasing rate, which then stride out of the ocean and begin destroying sea-bordering cities, like Tokyo and Los Angeles. In order to combat these monstrous, otherworldly menaces, the military developed the “Jaeger” program, which trains teams of two pilots to jointly operate massive, building-sized mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry.
Two worlds, gigantic monsters and mechanized suits of armor? I’m in. Click here to read more on the main character, a 23 year old skilled Jaeger pilot.
Legendary Pictures confirmed this week that the film has already entered pre-production and will begin principal photography later this year for a summer 2013 release. Guillermo del Toro said “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.”