There’s been plenty of speculation about how Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” will fare at the box office this weekend, where it’s going up against the Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2” and the animated family film “Despicable Me 2.”
But should the new film about humanity’s battle against an invading species of monsters called kaiju perform well enough to merit a sequel, the writer-director has got plenty of ideas for future stories set in the elaborately rendered world.
Del Toro shared some of those ideas at a special Hero Complex advance screening of “Pacific Rim” earlier this week, appearing on stage for a Q&A at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach. Readers can watch the beginning of the conversation above, but beware, the clip does contain spoilers.
“I think where we would go [in a sequel] is insane,” Del Toro said. “It would make this look like ‘Howard’s End.’ ”
The members of the sold-out screening gave Del Toro a hero’s welcome, and the filmmaker was in fine form, regaling the crowd with humorous anecdotes and insightful commentary about some of the bigger ideas he hoped to convey with the film. Check back over the next few days to see more video excerpts from the conversation.
For those who have seen the movie, please leave your thoughts and comments below.
— Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex
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