If you wanted to know more background information on two highly-anticipated sci-fi films – Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game – you’re in luck! Each movie has just launched a viral website which are sure to be chock full of extras in the coming months. With Pacific Rim opening in just a couple of months and Ender’s Game not bowing until the fall, you can expect a lot more from the former in the meantime.
Pacific Rim, starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day, opens July 12th. Ender’s Game, starring Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, opens November 1st. Hit the jump for more from both movies.
First up from Legendary Entertainment comes word of the Pacific Rim website. Most of it is on lockdown at the moment, but you can take a personality test and sign up for Jaeger Academy. Other areas that remain off limits until future updates include a Crisis Map, Training Academy and the Pan Pacific Defense Corps’ headquarters, The Shatterdome. You can also watch the trailer for the film there if you haven’t seen it already. Not much else to see at the moment so be sure to keep an eye on this site over the coming weeks.
As for Ender’s Game, the new viral site is heavy on propaganda and background information on the fictional world’s International Fleet (via Ender’s Ansible). There are sections devoted to the Fleet’s mission statement, Leader Recruitment, a note on training simulations and games via Developing a Strategic Mind, a retrospective on Mazer Rackham in Looking Back at the Great Invasion and some information on Thirds for those unfamiliar with the book.
The page is interesting for a number of reasons: 1) It’s designed to mimic the layout of Ender’s desk, as noted by the Wiggin E. notation on the left-hand side. This by itself isn’t much, but Ender was known to hack into his own desk in the story so I’m wondering if there isn’t a way to “hack” the site by design. 2) There are a lot of non-canon names (as far as I know) dropped throughout the page. 3) There seem to be a lot of mentions of applications, test simulations, and other ways to “stay informed” with the movie. I’m hoping to see some more interactive options in the coming months.