Comic-Con 2012 is finally upon us, and one of the most anticipated panels of the entire convention is Guillermo del Toro’s first film as a director since 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. A true monster movie, Pacific Rim centers on giant human-controlled robots known as “Jaegers” fighting off giant monsters called “Kaiju.” A new image from the pic has landed online, as well as some incredibly exciting quotes from del Toro himself regarding the film:
“I am an obsessive compulsive, and I can tell you without any shadow of a doubt I am involved very deeply on everything, from the pin on the lapel of a jacket to which way the monster’s eye slants. I am essentially a socially inept creature. I dedicate my entire life to this. This is what I do, this is what I live for.”
The new image features stars Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, who play pilots of the robot warrior Jaegers. Hit the jump to check out the image and for more from del Toro on what to expect when Pacific Rim hits theaters.
Del Toro’s love for creature effects work and monster movies isn’t exactly a secret, and it’s clear that he’s dedicated to making Pacific Rim a spectacle like no other. When describing the battles between the Jaegers and the Kaiju, del Toro said “It is almost like seeing a tornado clashing with a hurricaine.” He’s intricately involved in every aspect of the production (which has wrapped filming), going so far as to develop distinct sounds for each of his creatures (per USA Today):
Every one of his monsters, which fans will be able to see for the first time on Saturday at a Warner Bros. panel, will have individual personalities and abilities. Some are adept at swimming in the depths of the sea, others fly, and one even vomits corrosive magma-like liquid. “There’s a lot to love,” del Toro quips.
Be sure to check back this weekend for our full recap of what’s looking to be one of the most talked about panels at this year’s Comic-Con. View the new Pacific Rim image to the right.