The perpetually in development Guillermo del Toro took a time out from actually post-production on his giant robot versus monsters movie Pacific Rim to talked to The Huffington Post about his unintentional five year break between movies, the challenges of getting all his recent projects of the ground (including Pacific Rim), and what progress (if any) there is on the proposed Justice League Dark project.
Let’s cue the highlights from the interrogation… er, interview. What’s the deal with all that stuff you’ve been attached to the last several years, Guillermo?
Yeah, but it’s funny: a lot of the attachments that are announced are not real. A lot of them are — I’m not denying it. But a lot of them happen — like, I was attached to Dreamworks three years ago and I’ve worked on four movies.
What’s the deal with it being almost five years since you’ve directed a movie?
No. As a director, true. But, I gave two years of those four years to “The Hobbit” and one year to “At the Mountains of Madness.” And I thought, in both cases, that they were going to be the next movie. You don’t control this.
Fair enough, but we never want you to take such a long break again, deal?
I don’t want to ever go another four more years without directing if I can help it. But, it may happen. I like very much taking those movies serially — and putting a year of pre-production and design and put all the love that is needed. And a thing like “Pacific Rim” is a huge design.
But seriously, how did it feel to get out of pre-production mode and finally get back into the director’s chair?
You know, it’s funny. The first two days of shoots, I prepared those two days more than ever except maybe my first movie. Because I wanted to not have any hitch. So, the first two days of shoots, I was half a day ahead of schedule. I was not rusty, you know? At the end of the movie, we were four days under schedule. And we were severely under budget — we were able to allocate that budget into more of the effects. So it was very important for me to have that movie be a fiscal exercise on my craft as much as an artistic endeavor. I wanted to prove to myself that you don’t get rusty — that you can go right back to the bike and ride it.
And now for the big one, anything new you can tell us about JLD?
It is a probability. But, see, the problem is that a lot of people get a hold of things before they are a reality. Like, for a while, people were talking about the “Dr. Strange” movie. I said, “I’m not involved. At all.” And then they were talking about another movie and two or three times I had to say, “I’m not involved.” In this case, I hope it happens.
We hope it happens too. Obviously, we’ll keep you updated about on every little thing about both Pacific Rim and Justice League Dark.
Source: Geek Tyrant