by: Stephanie Shamblin Gray
With old school giant monsters vs. new school giant robots, “Pacific Rim” is sure to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer. The WonderCon panel opened up by introducing director Guillermo del Toro and moving quickly into an exclusive clip for WonderCon which sent the audience into some pretty feverish cheering. In his discussion about the movie, del Toro was clearly in love with the work and stated that Warner Brothers and Legendary were very open to letting del Toro make the movie his own way. Amazingly, del Toro explains that they rebuilt part of Tokyo just to destroy it. He also mentions that the movie is inspired by the visuals of WWII, yet set in the future. In all, there were twelve monsters and nine robots designed and everything is animated, not motioned captured.
When asked about upcoming projects, del Toro told the audience that “Crimson Peak” is his next movie. A Victorian ghost story that fans will certainly anticipate. “Pacific Rim” is in theaters July 12, but for those that can’t wait, keep an eye out for the “Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero” graphic novel that serves as a prequel.
Official Synopsis: When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanityâ€™s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroesâ€”a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)â€”who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankindâ€™s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.