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Posted March 12 2011 - 09:16 AM

Wow! Just, wow! I am SO up for this flick it ain't even funny!


NEWS IN FILM: This week was heartbreaking for Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and his loyal following.  After months of pre-production development, the director has reluctantly walked away from the Universal picture At the Mountains of Madness, a passion project for del Toro that dates back to at least 1993 when the fantasy enthusiast began sketching his take on the beloved H.P. Lovecraft novella.


Despite having James Cameron on board as a producer and Tom Cruise lined up to star, studio executives were unwilling to budge on the strict PG-13 rating requirement.  Del Toro firmly believed in an “R” to properly unravel the intense narrative.  Unfortunately, the two sides were unable to come to an agreement.  Hopefully, the creative team can reposition the horror film at another studio, but, for now, Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness is dead.


In the wake of the collapsed project, Guillermo del Toro announced his next film will be Pacific Rim, a PG-13 movie aiming for a 2013 release set up at Legendary Pictures and written by top-notch screenwriter Travis Beacham.  Del Toro has flirted with a Beacham script before, namely The Killing on Carnival Row, one of my all-time favorite screenplays about a murder mystery in the chimerical world of faeries, vampires, dwarves, werewolves, seal-people, and other oddities.


However, not much is known about Pacific Rim yet, other than it’s about giant monsters and will allow del Toro to create a “new world” of beastly creatures.  That’s only halfway accurate.  This project will give the Hellboy filmmaker the opportunity to create two worlds.


The first is an alternate version of Earth in the near future, decades after a historic date in November 2012 when the first kaiju, a towering Godzilla-like beast, emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan.  The second is “The Anteverse,” another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our ocean’s surface.


Since the first attack, the rim has been “spitting out” a variety of gigantic monsters at an increasing rate, which then stride out of the ocean and begin destroying sea-bordering cities, like Tokyo and Los Angeles.  In order to combat these monstrous, otherworldly menaces, the military developed the “Jaeger” program, which trains teams of two pilots to jointly operate massive, building-sized mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry.


Within the first act alone, we are given enough detailed background on the god-like Jaeger systems, its shared neural piloting system (called “pons”), and the relentless beasts.  But Beacham is an absolute master at immediately establishing characters and their conflicts.


The central character is Raleigh Antrobus, 23, a skilled Jaeger pilot still wrestling emotionally with the loss of his co-pilot and biological brother, Yance, during a mission a year earlier.  The ordeal has wreaked havoc on his mind spirit, leaving him with ghostly nightmares of the battle from the shared “pons” experience.  After the initial setup, the damaged hero is recruited to re-join the task force in Tokyo, where pilots are in demand, and team with a fellow “leftover,” 22-year-old female Japanese pilot Mako Mori.  Naturally, the language barrier (among other things) presents an issue for the out-of-sync duo, meaning an even steeper learning curve for the unprecedented pairing.


Meanwhile, Felicity “Flick” Kincaid, a journalist and Yance’s former fiancée, circles the globe (ours) to discover answers about this mysterious rift and the origins of its intensifying threat.


Without ruining any more surprises (past the first act), there are several different species of towering kaiju, each with their own unique characteristics, and the clashes between monster and machine are epic in scale.  Beacham has even developed his own glossary and lingo for his characters, a blend of scientific and military jargon used to describe the elements of this fully fleshed out reality, much like the shorthand in Cameron’s Avatar or the developing mecha-warrior versus aliens movie All You Need is Kill.

The concept and Beacham’s script are unbelievable.  With the right budget and creative control, this could very well be Guillermo del Toro’s Jurassic Park, a visual marvel with a pseudo-science backbone and massive, kaiju-sized appeal.  Hell yes.  Bring it on. 



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Posted March 12 2011 - 01:25 PM

Del Toro thinks this is the right time to make a movie about death and destruction in Japan?


How much you want to bet this is yet another Del Toro aborted project, or will either be delayed or re-written?


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Posted December 12 2012 - 12:45 PM

OMG!!!!



The trailer is up in iTunes and it blew me away.  Summer 2013 is going to be awesome!


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Posted December 12 2012 - 12:48 PM

Jesus fuckin' Christ that was killer!!! And then the summer after we get GODZILLA!!!!



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Posted December 12 2012 - 03:39 PM

I'm ALL in for this. Don't let us down Del Toro!


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Posted December 13 2012 - 01:04 AM

I realize trailers are there to pull in the widest possible audience, but this made it seem like a generic monster movie. I know we'll get better from Del Toro. Also, I'm really not thrilled by another movie in which humans wear CG armor.

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Posted December 13 2012 - 02:36 AM

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Posted December 13 2012 - 05:32 AM

You guys know who the computer is, right? /rubshandswithglee /ohboyisthisgreaaaaat!!!!!

It sounded like the voice from Portal. Movie looks incredible. Can't wait to see it.
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Posted December 13 2012 - 06:23 AM

It is indeed.


I bet good money there's a Godzilla teaser attached, as well.



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Posted December 13 2012 - 08:40 AM

Haha!  Holy moly!  Giant Robots, giant aliens and GLaDOS!  I am soooooooo going to go see this.



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Posted December 13 2012 - 08:56 AM

Guess I'm in the minority because the only thing I found interesting was the voice from Portal but, using it in this movie is an insult to those games IMO. I love Del Torro but either the marketing department screwed up or he just miss fired here but, that looked about as good as Battleship (which ain't saying much). Djawadi is doing the score so, that's one thing I know is going to suck. The trailer just didn't work for me and I'm hoping it was the fault of the marketing department (was looking forward to this but, not now).

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Posted December 14 2012 - 01:32 PM

It sounded like the voice from Portal. Movie looks incredible. Can't wait to see it.

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No, what's portal and who is the voice. Anyway just apsaw the preview and it looks like a to of fun. Love these kind of movies. And what's up with that poll only having one vote.
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Posted December 17 2012 - 01:01 AM

Portal:

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Posted December 17 2012 - 02:33 AM

I hope there's a reference to cake.



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Posted December 17 2012 - 04:26 AM

Originally Posted by Lord Dalek 

I hope there's a reference to cake.


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Posted December 17 2012 - 05:16 AM

You monsters!

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Posted December 17 2012 - 10:30 AM

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Posted February 03 2013 - 01:17 AM

So some lucky bastards got to see a test screening last night. Apparently, it's a geek approved. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/60726
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Posted February 03 2013 - 09:25 AM

I just saw the trailer and all I thought was "The Big O" anime except without the population amnesia, especially when the rockets kicked in to power the arm swing. I wonder if royalties were paid.




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