Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is poised to be one of the biggest films of summer 2013, and hopefully we’ll get a look at it soon (possibly at Comic-Con). Del Toro has previously teased us with what we can hope to see from “the finest fucking monsters ever committed to screen,” battling giant robots. He’s also mentioned how the production built blocks of buildings, and then literally destroyed them. Now he’s provided more details about some of the set pieces we can expect to see in the flick.
Hit the jump for more. The film stars Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman. Pacific Rim opens July 12, 2013.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’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 heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
The reason the film is called “Pacific Rim” is that’s where the fight is happening. People on the East Coast can sit back and relax, but if you live in California or Japan, your life is going to be worse. Del Toro explains:
“We had a Tokyo scene that we shot here in Toronto. We had several Hong Kong scenes and a few scenes in Australia, through the television. We briefly see the kaiju take over San Francisco. The whole Pacific Rim needs a sense of danger.”
“We take the battles far and above! Two or three of them happen in places where there have never been a battle between kaiju and robots. From the bottom of the ocean to the atmosphere of the Earth. We have a battle in a storm at sea. Every battle we try to do differently. One is seen from the point of view of a single person. We never cut away from that point of view.”
Damn you, Del Toro. Damn you for making July 12, 2013 seem even further away. Then again, we’ve been waiting since Hellboy II: The Golden Army for his next film, so I guess we can endure another year.