While everyone is disappointed that Guillermo del Toro won’t be making At the Mountains of Madness, details of what Pacific Rim is about have leaked out to help sooth the anger. And it sounds absolutely awesome. In fact it’s so awesome I’d personally want to see this more than At the Mountains of Madness. Why? Because Pacific Rim sounds like the ultimate big-budget take on a Kaiju movie. This is what 1998’s Godzilla (GINO) should have been. News in Film has the scoop:
However, not much is known about Pacific Rim yet, other than itâ€™s about giant monsters and will allow del Toro to create a â€œnew worldâ€ of beastly creatures. Thatâ€™s only halfway accurate. This project will give the Hellboy filmmaker the opportunity to create two worlds.
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 â€œThe Anteverse,â€ another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our oceanâ€™s surface.
Since the first attack, the rim has been â€œspitting outâ€ 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 â€œJaegerâ€ program, which trains teams of two pilots to jointly operate massive, building-sized mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry.
Giant robots fighting giant monsters? Why do we have to wait until 2013 to see this? While Legendary Pictures does plan to have their new Godzilla remake out next year (headed up by the director of Monsters), this really sounds like the Kaiju movie fans of the genre have been waiting for.
While there is really nothing quite like a dude in a Godzilla suit on a small model, I’m sure del Toro will produce some awesome visuals with this.