by Kevin Sullivan
We thought we had maxed out on geeky excitement over “Pacific Rim,” a movie best summarized as “Guillermo del Toro directs giant robots fighting monsters,” but the “Hellboy” director amped it up again with talk of “top-notch monsters” in his latest sit-down with MTV News.
When del Toro first saw the original two-page pitch for “Pacific Rim,” one detail separated it from most recent monster movies in his mind: it’s “not an invasion movie,” he said. “It was a very new way of having giant monsters and giant robots battle each other.”
To get a feel for what we can expect come July 2013, del Toro says his latest hearkens back to the Japanese kaiju movies from the 1950s and ’60s like Godzilla. Think miniature buildings and guys in rubber suits. “The kaiju genre in Japan that is outlandish, but is always incredibly appealing,” del Toro said.
But as pumped as he was about “Pacific Rim,” del Toro seemed equally disappointed about another project — the movie that almost was, del Toro’s R-rated adaption of the H.P. Lovecraft tale “At the Mountains of Madness.”
“I think [finding out that the project was shelved] was one of the hardest episodes of my life,” he said. Tom Cruise had signed on the star, and George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic finished a creature test so great the director described it as “heartbreaking.”
But “Mountains” ran out of steam just days before it was scheduled to go into production when del Toro received a phone call while scouting locations near the Arctic Circle: He and his team would need to return to the States. This coming after scheduling conflicts forced him off as director of “The Hobbit.”
But del Toro is hopeful. “’Mountains’ will happen one day. Cthulu willing, we’ll get it made.” If that doesn’t set your geek heart aflutter, we don’t know what will.
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