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Guillermo Del Toro Unveils Ambitious Plans For PACIFIC RIM 2 And Beyond

Posted on 16 October 2014 by Rich Drees

GuillermoDelToroPacific Rim may have been a modest hit in the summer of 2013, but it managed to do, excuse me, monster business around the world, leaving Legendary to push forth on a sequel. Director Guillermo del Toro is hard at work on the follow up and while doing some press for the upcoming animated feature The Book Of Life which he produced, he managed to drop a few comments about Pacific Rim 2, the animated series that is planned to bridge the gap between the first film and the sequel and what may lie beyond.

Speaking to Collider del Toro stated –

We got the first draft of the movie now, and we are going to spend another 4-5 months on the screenplay before we start pre-production. We start pre-production next year in August-September and start shooting November-December next year.

A winter 2015/2016 shoot will still give del Toro and crew over a year to finish the movie in time for its scheduled April 7, 2017 release, whioh suggests that the film will be very visual effects intensive. But then again, I don’t think any one of us was expecting an intimate little chamber drama, were we?

As for which characters will be coming back for a second round of giant robots versus monsters, del Toro remained a bit coy, but hinted that if a favorite wasn’t in 2 there was still a chance that they would appear in a third film.

[S]ome of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one.

Granted, the lack of a Hellboy 3 blu-ray on my shelf does point to del Toro’s luck in getting a third franchise installment happening in the past. Hopefully, he will have better luck this time around.

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HISTORY OF THE COMIC BOOK FILM: Hammer And Shield

Posted on 15 August 2014 by William Gatevackes

In a multi-part series, Comic Book Film Editor William Gatevackes will be tracing the history of comic book movies from the earliest days of the film serials to today’s big blockbusters and beyond. Along with the history lesson, Bill will be covering some of the most prominent comic book films over the years and why they were so special. This time, we look at how Marvel Studios’ star rose to highest heights by overcoming some bumps in the road.

comic book cap and thorAfter the success of Iron Man, Marvel Studios was ready to take some risks. The next two heroes they would tackle , Thor and Captain America, had some name recognition, but also some drawbacks. The former was a figure from Norse mythology who had a day of the week named after him, but was a fantasy character, a genre that does not play well on the big screen. The latter was arguably Marvel’s third most well known character, being referenced in everything from Easy Rider to a Guns ‘n Roses song. But he was also a jingoistic character being introduced into a film world where foreign grosses are so important and anti-American sentiment is very high.

However, Marvel needed to introduce Thor and Cap into the cinematic universe if it wanted an Avengers film to be made–comic book fans would never forgive them. So Marvel willingly tackled these challenges and more that came their way–including release date changes, shifting directors and writer’s strikes–in order to get these films made.

Originally, Thor was scheduled to hit June 4, 2010, just under a month after Iron Man 2, and Captain America on May 6, 2011, just two months before Avengers was to arrive on July 15 in that year. Unfortunately, in March of 2009, Marvel announced that the films would be pushed back–Thor to June 17,2011 (although later moved forward to May 6, 2011 to take the spot of the cancelled Spider-Man 4), Captain America to July 22, 2011, and The Avengers to May 4, 2012. Marvel stated the change was to “strongly sequence Marvel’s movie debut dates, big-screen character introductions and momentum,” but surely other reasons played a part as well.

One of those other reason might be the changing of the directorial guard that Thor went through. The first director hired by Marvel to helm the film was Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn was hired in August of 2007 and set about rewriting Mark Protosevich’s script in time for a late 2008 shooting date. However, Vaughn was off the project by May 2008 when his holding contract expired. Official word had it that he was released, but this wasn’t the first comic book film he walked away from. Who knows what the real story was?

Thor_posterThis set Marvel on a search for a replacement. Guillermo del Toro briefly considered joining on, but chose to devote his energies to The Hobbit instead. Marvel eventually chose Oscar Nominated-director Kenneth Branagh to helm the film in December of 2008, just a few months before the release date change was announced.

Branagh followed the Marvel template of casting award worthy actors in supporting roles, including Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins as Odin, then-Oscar nominee and future Oscar winner Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Heimdall, and casting relative unknowns in the leads. But what great finds those unknowns have turned out to be.

Chris Hemsworth made his name on Australian television at the time he signed on for Thor, but American audiences only knew him from his work playing Captain Kirk’s doomed father in 2009’s Star Trek reboot. But Marvel was ahead of the curve as Hemsworth went on to become a leading man of note in Hollywood, starring in films such as  The Cabin in the Woods, Snow White and the Huntsman, Red Dawn and Rush after Thor. But where he really excelled is in playing the God of Thunder, a man who was at once arrogant and charming, brave yet selfish, and cunning yet a bit obtuse. It was a hard role to pull off without the right actor. Hemsworth was the right actor.

But casting Tom Hiddleston as Loki was a stroke of genius. Like Hemsworth, Hiddleston was mainly known for his television work in Britain. He came over and auditioned for the role of Thor. He didn’t get it, but Branagh, who worked with Hiddleston before, most notably on the British TV series Wallander, offered him the role of Loki. Hiddleston attacked the role as if it was one of Shakespeare’s classic villains. Loki was vile and depraved, but Hiddleston made sure that audiences saw the hurt and pain that motivated all of his actions.

Casting Hemsworth and Hiddleston took away a lot of the risks involve in mounting Thor. If anyone else were cast in the roles, I doubt that the film would have been as successful. The comic book Thor and Loki were a bit staid and boring. Hemsworth and Hiddleston made them alive and vibrant.

ThorHammerThe film dealt with an exiled Thor, stripped of his position and power by Odin due to a poorly thought out attack on an ancient enemy of Asgard, stuck on Earth. While on Earth, Thor strikes up a romance with an astrophysicist named Jane Foster in preparation of his eternal stay on our planet. However, when Loki uses Thor’s absence and Odin passage into a deathlike sleep as a power grab, Thor must prove himself worthy to combat his half-brother, even if it kills him.

The film was good, much better than I’d ever think a Thor film could be. There was a lot of humor to go along with the adventure. I think making the Asgardians scientifically advanced aliens was a nice touch that kept the concept grounded with what had come before in the cinematic universe. The only major misstep the film took in my opinion was the romance between Thor and Jane. There was not enough time devoted to the pairing to make the love connection feel real.

The film was also a cameoapalooza. In addition to Stan Lee’s obligatory cameo, we had cameos from the film’s screenwriter and one-time writer of the comic J. Michael Straczynski, writer Walt Simonson and his wife Louise, and Marvel editor Ralph Macchio. But perhaps the biggest cameo was that of Jeremy Renner, who made an appearance as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent named Barton. Comic book fans instantly recognized him as Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye.

The post-credits scene focused on Nick Fury turning to Thor’s ally Dr. Eric Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) to investigate a powerful item called the Tessaract. Unfortunately, Selvig appears to be in the sway of Loki, which could only mean bad things.

It took several months for movie fans to find out more about the Tesseract (comic fans already knew it as the Cosmic Cube) in Captain America: The First Avenger.

captain-america-international-posterThis film also hit a development snag, this time due to the Writer’s Guild strike of 2007-2008. Marvel decided to make a separate agreement with the union to avoid delaying their production schedule any more than they had to. Joe Johnston was Marvel’s first choice for a director, brushing off offers from former Marvel directors Jon Favreau and Louis Leterrier to helm the film.

For Cap, they cast Chris Evans, an actor who at the time had performed in no less than five comic book films, most notable as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four films. I have to admit, I had concerns with this casting at first. Evans was known for playing glib smart-asses with a heart of gold. Except for the heart of gold part, that wasn’t Captain America. I wondered if they were making a major personality change in the character from the comics or did Evans have much more depth in him as an actor.

Thankfully, it was the latter. Steve Rogers is a tough role to play, as characters with strong moral values are hard to portray, or at least hard to portray convincingly. But Evans nailed it. He made a nice, honest, forthright man captivating, and made sure that we knew that Captain America was a hero before he ever got the super-soldier serum, the costume or the red, white and blue shield.

The film followed Steve Rogers, a man who desperately wants to serve his country as it toils through World War II. Unfortunately, Rogers is 4-F, and no matter how many times he tries to enter the army, they won’t  have him. However, his dedication to serving for all the right reasons catches the attention of a Doctor Erskine (Oscar Nominee Stanley Tucci), who thinks Rogers is perfect for his top-secret super soldier program.

Rogers goes through the process and turns from a 90lb weakling to the peak of human perfection. Unfortunately, before the serum can be used to create even more super-soldiers, Erskine is killed by assassins sent by the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), a German who received an early version of Erskine’s formula.

At first, the government keeps Rogers safely away from the front lines until they can figure out Erskine’s formula. However, when Rogers’ childhood friend Bucky Barnes is captured by the Red Skull’s Hydra (an organization composed of Nazis that even Hitler thought were too extreme), Rogers defies orders to rescue his friend.

The bonus scene was essentially a commercial for the next year’s The Avengers.

Truth be told, I am a huge Captain America fan. He is my second favorite comic book character of all time, so I was predisposed to like this film. But I loved it. I loved the World War II setting, I loved Evans’ performance, and I loved the way they remained true to the comics while still making the film stand on its own. The only thing that gave me pause was the introduction of Hydra as an enemy to fight. At first, I thought it was a way to back away from having him fight Nazis, a classic film villain from Casablanca all the way through Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in order to make it more palatable for international audiences. However, I now see it as a way to give Cap and the rest of the heroes a tyrannical villain to fight even in modern times.

Next time up, we will close out Phase I with the film that changed Marvel, comic book films, and cinema in general forever–The Avengers.

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PACIFIC RIM 2 Is A Go As Universal Sets April 7, 2017 Release Date

Posted on 26 June 2014 by Rich Drees

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Great news for fans of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. You’ll want to mark your calendars for April 7, 2017, as that is the date that Universal will be releasing Pacific Rim 2 into theaters.

Although the film underperformed at the US Box office, barely making $100 million in ticket sales, Pacific Rim did manage to gross another $309 million world wide. That, plus some healthy home video sales, have convinced the studio to give Del Toro the go-ahead to start work in earnest on a sequel. In addition, Del Toro will also be developing an animated Pacific Rim series and overseeing some sequels growing out of the 2012 Pacific Rim graphic novel prequel, Year Zero.

You can see the announcement from Del Toro below.

Previously, the director had stated that he was already working on a sequel screenplay with writer Zak Penn. Travis Beacham, who wrote the original screenplay for the first film, will still be involved in the franchise, though in a more limited capacity due to his to the upcoming TV series Hieroglyph.

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Del Toro At Work On PACIFIC RIM 2 Screenplay

Posted on 09 June 2014 by Rich Drees

If you feel that there wasn’t enough giant monster action in this summer’s Godzilla but you haven’t seen Pacific Rim from last summer, then you really should check it out. Director Guillermo Del Toro saga of invading giant monsters being battled back with giant, human-controlled robots really delivered on that front. And Del Toro may be giving us more of that spectacle. We’ve known for a while that he has been entertaining the notion of a sequel, but we now know a little bit more as to who he may be working on that idea with.

While doing some publicity for the upcoming television series The Strain which he is producing, Del Toro stated to BuzzFeed that actual work is being done on a screenplay and revealed who he is working with on it.

I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox’s Hieroglyph] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.

If Penn’s name doesn’t ring a bell, you should know that he had his hands in the X-Men 2, The Incredible Hulk, and pre-Joss Whedon rewrites The Avengers screenplay. He also has Inspector Gadget, Elektra, and X-Men: The Last Stand on his resume, so there’s that.

Del Toro was mum on what the storyline for the sequel would be, however he did state that Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi characters of Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori would be returning. He did rule out that it would be a prequel, stating that he “was never interested” in telling the story of the initial alien invasion.

Previously, Del Toro hinted that a second film may focus on the invading kaiju using some of the Earth technology that was left behind in their dimension during the finale of the first film. He also stated that “the Drift,” the psychic connection between the two operators of the giant jaegers which was also briefly established between a scientist and a portion of a kaiju brain, will also play an important part on what may come.

Of course, Del Toro hasn’t been given a greenlight for the project yet. The director himself stated, “I don’t have the money, but I’m proceeding like it is happening.”

The film itself did reasonably well at the box office, mostly boosted by a foreign gross three ties what it earned here in the US. But with Godzilla currently tearing up the box office I would be surprised if the suits at the studio weren’t looking for other properties that they already have that they could use to cash in on people’s obvious excitement for giant monsters and the like smashing cities.

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HISTORY OF THE COMIC BOOK FILM: To HELLBOY And Back

Posted on 04 April 2014 by William Gatevackes

In a multi-part series, Comic Book Film Editor William Gatevackes will be tracing the history of comic book movies from the earliest days of the film serials to today’s big blockbusters and beyond. Along with the history lesson, Bill will be covering some of the most prominent comic book films over the years and why they were so special. Today, we talk about a successful creator-owned franchise turned film franchise, Hellboy.

darkhorselogoLast installment, we talked about Dark Horse Comics and how the success of its Aliens and Predator licenses cause it to expand its operations. One of the most notable expansions came in 1994 when they started the Legend imprint.

Legend was a boutique imprint started by comic book legends Frank Miller and John Byrne to showcase creator-owned titles from the pair, all published by Dark Horse. It was here where Miller’s Sin City was home to, for instance, and Byrne housed his Next Men series. It was an answer to Image Comics, the other imprint started by superstar creators for their own creator-owned properties, only for superstars that might not be as young or hot as the Image 7. Invitations went out to a number of comic creators to join Miller and Byrne, and one of the creators who agreed to become part of Legend’s starting line up was Mike Mignola.

Mike Mignola was a comics veteran at the time Legend began, with over a decade’s experience. He got his start as an inker at Marvel Comics before moving on to become a pencil artist on titles such as Rocket Raccoon, Incredible Hulk and Alpha Flight. He also provided numerous covers for all companies, and eventually moved on to work on diverse projects ranging from blockbuster crossovers such as Cosmic Odyssey to esoteric fare such as Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.

hellboysketchHellboy started out as a convention sketch Mignola did for a fan of your general, garden variety demon.  But Mignola liked the name so much that when the time came to create an original character of his own, he built a hero around the name.

Originally intended to be part of a superhero team, Mignola decided to focus on Hellboy exclusively when he couldn’t come up with a good name for the unit. Hellboy was a demon from hell summoned to Earth by the Nazis during the last months of World War II. The Nazis intended to use the demon against a squad of attacking Allied Forces, but unfortunately for them, they plucked an infant demon from Hell. The child demon was no use to the Nazi’s, who were quickly overrun. The demon baby was then adopted by the American forces. In a case of environment overriding heredity, the demon grew up to become a rough and tumble monster hunter dubbed Hellboy.

nextmen21Hellboy quickly became success for Legend and Mignola. As a matter of fact, the series outlasted the imprint, which folded in 1998, by 16 years and counting. Adventures of  the character continue to this day, and the series has spawn a number of spin-offs and tie-ins over the years. And with that kind of success comes attention from Hollywood.

Luckily for Mignola and his creation, that attention came from celebrated director Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican director had burst on the scene with Chronos and Mimic and was coming off the biggest hit of his career in Blade II when a chance to adapt Hellboy came his way. A fan of the comic, del Toro used his new found clout to protect Hellboy on his journey to the big screen. When the studio insisted he cast Vin Diesel as Hellboy, del Toro stuck by his and Mignola’s original original choice of Ron Perlman. When the suits wanted the character’s origin changed so that the character was a human and not a demon, del Toro preserved the character’s comic book origin. In 2004, del Toro delivered us Hellboy.

Hellboy_posterThe result is a very good film.del Toro was a big enough fan to capture the Lovecraftian pulp noir of the comic book, but was also a skilled enough director to make the film entertaining. Hellboy adapted the series first story arc, Seeds of Destruction, in its entirety–with Easter eggs from other stories thrown in for good measure. Perlman made a pitch-perfect Hellboy, capturing the tough guy persona the character needed and deserved expertly. The rest of the cast were solid, if not entirely famous names, who worked well together and built a believable universe out of the outlandish property.

The film made just over $99 million worldwide against a $66 million dollar budget, which was hardly the stuff sequels are made from. But it’s success on the home video market earned it a shot at a follow-up. del Toro returned four years later to bring us Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

hellboy2posterThe film was originally supposed to come out in 2006, but its original studio, Revolutionary Pictures, went out of business. Universal Pictures stepped in to pick up the reins. del Toro decided not to adapt a story from the run in the comics, but instead focus on an original story taken from  folklore–an ancient war between the elves and humanity. If the first film featured Lovecraftian beasts taken directly from the comics, this film featured myth-inspired beasts that would be right at home in the film del Toro did before Hellboy II, Pan’s Labyrynth.

If the first Hellboy barely backed into a sequel, that would not be the problem here. Hellboy II almost doubled its $85 million budget with an worldwide gross of over $160 million dollars. However, a second sequel would not be soon coming. del Toro got involved with making the Hobbit film for a while before backing out of directing that film, and then moved on to Pacific Rim. But during the publicity rounds for that film last year, both del Toro and Perlman stated that they would be interested in making a third Hellboy, but it appears to be in the early stages at best.

Next time, we’ll discuss one of Marvel’s most popular characters two appearances on the screen. Yes, we have finally made it to the Punisher.

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del Toro: JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK Will Fit With Rest Of Warner’s DC Films

Posted on 12 November 2013 by William Gatevackes

GuillermoDelToroIf you were like me, you were eagerly anticipating Guillermo del Toro’s cinematic take on DC Comics’ Justice League Dark franchise. Also, if you were like me, you were also wondering where the project will fit in now with Warner Brothers new dedication to create a shared universe with its DC Comics-based films. Well, the director has an answer for us.

del Toro was interviewed by Cinefilos during the Festival di Roma 2013 and was asked about the status of the film, which would bring a team DC’s supernatural characters such as John Constantine, Deadman and Swamp Thing to the big screen. This is what he said:

We’re still on [Justice League Dark] and writing and hopefully it will happen, but there’s no developments that are new.  It’s still at Warners.  They are making plans for the entire DC Universe, all the superheroes, all the mythologies, and part of that is Justice League Dark.  They’re planning on TV, movies, all the media, so we have to fit within that plan.

Now, this could just be del Toro saying Warners has to fit Justice League Dark into its increasingly crowded slate of comic book adaptations, but it sounds like del Toro’s film is being rewritten to fit in with the shared universe started by Man of Steel and further explored in 2015’s Batman vs. Superman.

del Toro’s mention of TV is interesting. It makes me wonder if the planned Constantine TV series is going to having an effect on del Toro’s planned film, where Constantine would be the leader of the team. Warners has had no problem keeping its film and TV properties separate (see Superman Returns and Smallville). And the Flash will be appearing on Arrow this season with and eye on getting a spin-off TV series, all the while with a film for the character is in active development. But maybe Warners is seeing the success that Disney/Marvel/ABC is having with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has decided to develop closer ties between the offerings in the two media.

Via Collider.

 

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Guillermo Del Toro Still At Work On PACIFIC RIM 2

Posted on 17 October 2013 by Rich Drees

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Director Guillermo del Toro was already working on a sequel to last summer’s Pacific Rim even before the film opened. And now, in the wake of it pulling in $407 million at the worldwide box office, it looks like he’ll be getting his chance to tell more stories about giant monsters invading from another dimension and the men and women who climb into giant robotic mecha called jaegers to fight them. But the studio hasn’t given a greenlight to a sequel yet, but Del Toro seems confident that it will happen.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, the director stated that he was currently working on the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2 with the first film’s original writer at the behest of co-producers Legendary and Warner Brothers, but that’s just the first step before getting the official go-ahead for the project.

Legendary gave me the absolute go-ahead with writing the screenplay, so Travis Beacham and I are working on it. As far as giving it a green light, that’s the big step of the process. We need to put together a budget and then they’ll make that decision, but everybody is unwavering in their love for the movie.

Previously, Del Toro hinted that a second film may focus on the invading kaiju using some of the Earth technology that was left behind in their dimension during the finale of the first film. He also stated that “the Drift,” the psychic connection between the two operators of the giant jaegers which was also briefly established between a scientist and a portion of a kaiju brain, will also play an important part on what may come.

Granted the first film’s budget of $190 million seemed like a risky proposition at the time and even with the worldwide gross factored in, it barely turned a profit for all involved. I would imagine, though, that a potential sequel would conceivably have a lower budget, if only because some of the development costs for the visual effects were already absorbed by the first film.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Pacific Rim‘s final DVD/ blu-ray sales over the next few months into the holidays factor into Warners’ final decision as to whether to go ahead with a sequel or not.

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Del Toro Hints At PACIFIC RIM 2 Story Possibilities

Posted on 23 July 2013 by Rich Drees

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It is still unclear as to whether Guillermo Del Toro’s summer film Pacific Rim will earn enough to warrant a sequel. The domestic box office for the film has been below expectations, but it is doing well overseas in markets that in recent years have become more important to a film’s financial health. The film has yet to open in Japan, where it is understandably expected to do big box office.

Del Toro is certainly hoping for the chance to revisit his world of giant mechs fighting giant monsters and dished some story ideas that he and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham are developing to MTV.

While the film seems to have a pretty definitive victory on the part of the humans over the aliens who have been sending the giant monsters, known as kaiju, through the dimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, Del Toro states that that battle actually sets up the sequel’s story.

I’ll tell you a couple of things. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. Second thing is you’re gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special… Just think about it for a second. We sent Gipsy to the other side, right? It exploded, but whatever remains stays there.

He also states that “the Drift,” the psychic connection between the two operators of the giant mechanized jaegers which was also briefly established between a scientist and a portion of a kaiju brain, will also play an important part on what may come.

We’ve drifted with a Kaiju brain. Well, then start riffing on that and you’ll get to something.

Sounds like some intriguing ideas. here’s hoping that we’ll get to see them on screen.

Here’s the complete video to MTV’s interview.

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New Releases: July 12, 2013

Posted on 12 July 2013 by William Gatevackes

Grown_Ups_2_Poster1. Grown Ups 2 (Sony/Columbia, 3,491 Theaters, 101 Minutes, Rated PG-13): Hey, it’s Adam Sandler’s first sequel! No, we couldn’t get a sequel to The Wedding Singer or 50 First Dates or any of his good films, we get one to his filmed reunion vacation with his Saturday Night Live plus, plus Kevin James.

In this one, the guys, with the exception of Rob Schneider, who either was too busy and/or had too high standards, decide to move back to their hometown to give their families a chance at a better life. While there, they encounter mean frat boys and erotic male car washes.

I’d like to point out that Milo Ventimiglia, who is 36, and Taylor Lautner, who is 21, play two of those frat boys. I hope that the age discrepancy is addressed in the film, because it is pretty darn obvious in the trailer.

245941id1b_PacRim_1sided_120x180_2p_400.indd2. Pacific Rim (Warner Brothers, 3,275 Theaters, 132 Minutes, Rated PG-13): This film is unkindly referred to as “Transformers meets Godzilla,” which is unfair. If those people knew anything, they’d say it was “Battle Suit Gundam meets Godzilla.”

This is obviously Guillermo del Toro’s love letter to Asian pop culture, albeit with a western spin on it. I am amazed by a lot of the negative build up to this due to del Toro’s aping existing tropes when the top ten films of the year are littered with remakes, sequels and adaptations from other media.

The plot is that giant alien beasts have sprung up from the Earth’s core and attacked humanity. Humanity fights back by building giant robots to battle the Kaiju on their level.

Don’t let the negativity get to you. This film is currently at 72% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes (compared to Grown ups 2’s 8%) so you’re getting a decent film. But if that isn’t an enticement, it’s giant robots beating the snot out of giant monsters! How can that be all that bad!

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Guillermo Del Toro And Charlie Kaufman Teaming For “Slaughterhouse Five” Adaptation

Posted on 09 July 2013 by Rich Drees

CharlieKaufmanThe pairing of director Guillermo Del Toro and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman may seem strange at first, but the pair have found a project that just may compliment their two unique sensibilities. According to the print version of the UK’s Daily Telegraph (and brought into the cyber realm by The Playlist), Kaufman will be handling the scripting duties on an adaptation of the classic Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse Five that Del Toro intends to direct.

Speaking to the British paper Del Toro stated –

Charlie [Kaufman] and I talked for about an hour-and-a-half and came up with a perfect way of doing the book… I love the idea of the Trafalmadorians [the aliens of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’] — to be ‘unstuck in time,’ where everything is happening at the same time. And that’s what I want to do. It’s just a catch-22. The studio will make it when it’s my next movie, but how can I commit to it being my next movie until there’s a screenplay? Charlie Kaufman is a very expensive writer!

Currently, Del Toro has a deal with Universal Studios that could include this project. But first, he has his haunted house film, Crimson Peak, set to shoot in January and if Pacific Rim opens big this Friday, I would suspect that Warner Brothers will want him to make working on a sequel a high priority. And Del Toro’s relationship with Universal has not always been positive. The studio has famously shot down two other projects that the director was developing – his hard-R adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s classic horror novel At The Mountains Of Madness and a darker-edged stop-motion animation adaptation of Pinocchio.

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