Guillermo del Toro Talks His Favorite Kaiju Movies, Hayao Miyazaki, Why He’s Not Likely to Direct a Film in an Established Franchise, and More

     July 12, 2013

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In anticipation of the release of Pacific Rim, we’ve been sharing snippets of Steve’s lengthy interview with director Guillermo del Toro all week.  We’ve already posted what del Toro had to say about the prospects of Hellboy 3 ever getting made and his plans for The Strain and Crimson Peak, and today we’re posting the portion of the interview in which del Toro talks about his favorite Kaiju movies, his love of Hayao Miyazaki, and whether he would ever consider stepping into another franchise and directing a sequel—like the follow-up to Prometheus.  Hit the jump to read on.

hellboy-2-guillermo-del-toroWhile it’s best to watch the full interview below in order to see del Toro talking lovingly about his favorite Kaiju movies and the original Godzilla, Steve did ask the director whether he would consider directing a film that’s part of an established franchise.  Del Toro noted that he’s a bit wary of helming any film that’s already part of an existing film universe:

“You know, honestly I think that playing in somebody else’s sandbox is not the best possibility.  When something is so established—I mean like when we were doing Hellboy, especially during the first one, I was very prudish to run everything by [comic creator] Mike [Mignola], and Mike was very generous and said, ‘Do what you want, it’s your movie, it’s my comic.’  But I think to do something established in film, that’s a little harder.”

You can watch the  interview with del Toro about franchises, whether he would ever collaborate with Hayao Miyazaki, Kaiju movies, and more below.  Look for Steve’s full interview with del Toro on Collider soon.

If you missed our previous stories, click here for what del Toro had to say about Hellboy 3 and click here for his comments on The Strain and his next film Crimson Peak.  And here’s what he had to say about Pacific Rim.

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