July 28, 2014 | 1:35 p.m.
If there was one creative force who appeared to be nearly omnipresent at San Diego’s Comic-Con International this year, it was Guillermo del Toro. The busy writer-director was on hand for the pop culture expo to discuss a slew of projects: his 2015 horror film, “Crimson Peak,” starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam; his FX TV series, “The Strain,” adapted from a trilogy of vampire novels he wrote with Chuck Hogan; the upcoming animated movie he’s producing, “Book of Life,” which arrives in theaters Oct. 17; and “Pacific Rim 2,” the sequel to last summer’s movie that paid glorious homage to the Japanese pop culture he adored as a child in Guadalajara. After debuting the first scenes from “Crimson Peak” at the Legendary Comic-Con panel in Hall H on Saturday, Del Toro sat down with Hero […]
July 24, 2014 | 7:23 a.m.
If he could, Guillermo del Toro would probably walk through San Diego’s Comic-Con International talking to every fan personally about their shared love of monsters, robots and things that go bump in the night. Instead, the director helped create two immersive worlds for the Legendary booth at the convention, a virtual reality encounter where fans can train to pilot a Jaeger–the giant, neurally linked robots from his 2013 science-fiction epic “Pacific Rim”– and a Gothic gallery they can stroll through to enter the world of his next project, the 2015 haunted house film “Crimson Peak.” FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 To enter the “Crimson Peak” portion of the booth, which Del Toro gave press a tour of Wednesday night, fans walk through snow-covered gates into a space that includes evocative props and costumes from the film. Set in a deteriorating mansion in 19th century northern England, “Crimson Peak” stars Mia […]
June 27, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.
It’s official: “Pacific Rim 2″ is a go. In the wake of director Guillermo del Toro’s comments earlier this month that he had begun working on a script alongside screenwriter Zak Penn (“The Avengers”), Universal has announced that it will be partnering with Legendary Pictures to release the film in 3-D on April 7, 2017. Del Toro will be directing the film and writing the script with Penn. In a video released Thursday from Toronto, where he is finishing up work on the gothic thriller “Crimson Peak,” which hits theaters next year, Del Toro announced that he and Penn, alongside the original “Pacific Rim” writer Travis Beacham, will be creating an animated “Pacific Rim” series as well. You can check it out below. “Pacific Rim” was a modest domestic box office success but was a surprising international hit. $309 million of […]
July 15, 2013 | 7:20 a.m.
Actor Robert Kazinsky is, as they say, having a bit of a moment. The English thespian who appeared on the BBC soap “EastEnders” has been wooing Anna Paquin’s part-fairy telepath Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s vampire saga “True Blood” this season, and he can currently be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” as Chuck Hansen, the talented Jaeger pilot with an outsized ego who comes into conflict with heroic Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam). Even Kazinsky seems to be having a difficult time getting his head entirely around his good career fortune. In a recent phone interview, Kazinsky, calling from London, repeatedly marveled at finding himself working with Del Toro on a sci-fi project — he considers himself a “massive” fan of the genre. And that “True Blood” gig? That’s not so bad besides. HC: It’s been a great year for […]
July 14, 2013 | 3:42 p.m.
So, how was it for Guillermo del Toro to get behind the camera once more with “Pacific Rim” after a five-year gap since directing 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”? “It was like riding a bicycle,” the writer-director said last week in an appearance at an advance screening of the film at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, part of the Hero Complex Screening Series. “Except,” he added with a smile, “I seldom ride bicycles — but I remember when I did.” “Pacific Rim” is set in a near future in which a shifting of tectonic plates has unlocked the portal to another world. Kaiju — the name and the genre come from the strain of Japanese B-movie cinema sired by Toho’s original “Godzilla” — pour through the rift, and before long coastal cities have […]
July 14, 2013 | 11:03 a.m.
“Pacific Rim,” the new film from director Guillermo del Toro, offers moviegoers plenty of crowd-pleasing spectacle with its visually stunning sequences of giant Jaegers battling alien kaiju in a near-future world. In an appearance last week at an advance screening of “Pacific Rim” at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, part of the Hero Complex Screening Series, the filmmaker discussed his approach to designing the wild creations in the movie, which features an ensemble cast that includes Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Ron Perlman, among others. “Any time I want to design a monster, the last thing I want to reference is a monster,” Del Toro said, explaining that the creature designs grew out of the classic “man in a suit” tradition. “If I was making this movie in 1968, you could […]
July 13, 2013 | 7:58 p.m.
“Pacific Rim” writer-director Guillermo del Toro invests each of the films he makes with specific emotions or character details inspired by his own experiences; his latest, the big-budget Jaegers versus kaiju epic invading theaters this weekend, is no exception. Speaking at a special Hero Complex advance screening of “Pacific Rim” on Wednesday at the Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX in Long Beach, Del Toro said there’s one specific aspect of the life of heroic pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) that matches up to his own. “I made it a point that Raleigh had been out of a Jaeger exactly the same time I had been out of the director’s chair,” said Del Toro, who hadn’t directed a film since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” In the story, Raleigh, of course, finds his way back into the cockpit […]
July 13, 2013 | 1:14 p.m.
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 […]
July 11, 2013 | 10:27 p.m.
“Pacific Rim” didn’t even exist as a full screenplay when Guillermo del Toro signed on to produce the Jaegers-versus-kaiju epic from that opens in theaters Friday. But Travis Beacham’s outline for the story of a future world that is forever changed after massive monsters attack, forcing humanity to build equally hulking robots to fight back, struck the filmmaker as something he wanted to be a part of. After his deal to direct his long-planned H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, “At the Mountains of Madness,” fell apart, Del Toro agreed not only to produce and co-write “Pacific Rim” with Beacham but also to direct the movie. In a recent interview with Hero Complex, Beacham described the Oscar-nominated writer-director as a “generous” creative partner — in addition to the film, their collaboration yielded a prequel graphic novel released this year — and went on […]
July 09, 2013 | 5:17 p.m.
“Pacific Rim” fans can pilot their own Jaegers and fight alien kaiju in an upcoming mobile game inspired by the film. The action fighting game is set in the universe of “Pacific Rim,” the kaiju vs. robots film from director Guillermo del Toro, out Friday. The game, developed by Reliance Games, allows players to train their Jaeger jockeys from rookie to ace in story mode, or to outlast as many monsters as possible in endless survival mode. Players will be able to build up combat skills and customize their Jaegers with different equipment and technology. Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the action. The “Pacific Rim” game will be available before the film’s debut on platforms running iOS. Plans for an Android release are also in the works. Hero Complex caught up with Manish Agarwal, […]