If you didn’t know it already, you wouldn’t know that the below video is a teaser for The Strain, a new thriller series from Guillermo del Toro that’s premiering early next year on FX. But it is. The vampire virus series that went full circle from TV pitch to book to comic and back to TV, features an accomplished cast, a cool premise, and the name “Guillermo del Toro” in the credits, so it’s already appointment television for the nerdy set, so what can the teaser add? A very ominous tone for starters. (more…)
Do you like the work of Guillermo del Toro? Of course you do! How could you not? Let me ask you something else, do you like vampires? Come on, TV wouldn’t be jam-packed with them unless there was a very good reason. Finally, what do you think of Carlton Cuse? That was some last episode of Lost huh? Very satisfying, right? Okay, best two out of three, but all these things are coming together to make the new FX series The Strain, which now has an official premiere date of July 2014 to launch its initial 13-episode season. (more…)
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro always has a couple of projects on the go, and one of those currently spinning plates is Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to this past summer’s giant monster versus giant robot nerd-pleaser. But wait a minute, you may say, didn’t Pacific Rim tank at the box office? First, you’ve got some nerve buster! And second, according to Box Office Mojo, it’s made over $100 million domestically and another $300 million worldwide, effectively breaking even. So game on for a sequel? As far as del Toro’s concerned it’s game on for a sequel script at least. (more…)
SWEET. CRUNCHY. JESUS…
Watch this fucking thing… no, seriously: WATCH IT.
I guarantee you–unless you’re about to make a breakthrough in the search for a cancer vaccine–you are not doing anything so important you cannot take three minutes of your day to watch this wonderfulness.
Below is the opening for The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror XXIV, via the boundless talent and imagination of the great Guillermo del Toro, best known for giving nerddom such modern classics as the Hellboy and Blade films, and this summer’s kaiju/mecha blockbuster Pacific Rim.
Next on director Guillermo del Toro’s list of things to do is the upcoming movie, Crimson Peak. This haunted house-based flick originally saw Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead, but he has since dropped out. Now, it looks like del Toro has picked up a replacement. And the winner is… Tom Hiddleston,
Hiddleston’s career has been kicking ass and taking names ever since his fan-praised performance as Loki. And no doubt there are plenty of people that wouldn’t mind seeing the actor front-and-center once more, particularly with del Toro on the other side of the camera.
In case you don’t know anything about what to expect from Crimson Peak, here’s what del Toro had to say about it:
Crimson Peak is a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven. It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for Blade or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie more akin to what I do in the Spanish movies… The thing I do in those movies is recontextualization, take a movie and then move it into a completely different place. Like a Gothic and then move it into the Spanish Civil War [The Devil's Backbone]. This is a Gothic romance, haunted house, in the north of England.
Well, I for one am happy to see del Toro getting back to his roots, away from the big FX and big budget films he’s been doing lately. This will be a chance to see a movie similar to the ones that made me love his work so much.
What do the Nerd Readers think? Hiddleston = good for horror flick? Excited to see del Toro going back to character-centric movies?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
So how deeply can you read into a movie about giant robots fighting giant alien monsters? Well, if you’re China’s People’s Liberation Army and you’re talking about Pacific Rim, then you see it as a piece of American propaganda about how the U.S. is the world’s savior and defender, and how all other countries are powerless and victimized without American assistance.
Leaving aside the whole fantasy aspect of the film and the fact it was made by Mexican-born filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, several nationalities were well represented in the film, including the Chinese who had, arguably, the coolest robot, the three-armed Crimson Typhoon. Also, the key battle in the film was about the remaining robots defending the city of Hong Kong, a Chinese city, from being destroyed. You’re welcome, China.
Still interested in what Chinese officer Zhang Jieli has to say about Pac-Rim? Here’s some of his comments from the official paper of the Chinese military, the PLA Daily:
“Hollywood has always been the best American propaganda machine. The decisive battle against the monsters was deliberately set in South China Sea adjacent to Hong Kong … The intention was to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific area and saving the mankind … [The film pushes] American values and global strategies … Soldiers should sharpen their eyes and enforce a ‘firewall’ to avoid ideological erosion when watching American movies. More importantly, they should strengthen their combat capability to safeguard national security and interests.”
Interestingly, this seems to be the minority opinion as since being released in China a couple of weeks ago, the film was already made more money there than in the United States. At $106.2 million, the total Chinese box office for Pacific Rim accounts for more than a quarter of the film’s $397 million worldwide take. So either the Chinese army is over-reacting or Chinese moviegoers are drinking the Kool-aid. Also, it’s worth keeping in mind that THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS KAIJUS! But I digress.
Nobody likes rejection or criticism, no matter what they say or how they outwardly display it, their true inner reaction is all too often quite human. The other week we saw the director, producer, and two of the stars of Disney‘s The Lone Ranger respond to critics publicly, now the writer of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim has taken to the Twitter-verse to respond to folks calling the film a flop.
Budget: $190m. Gross: $344m. Now I’m no math whiz, but I feel like that second number might be quite a bit bigger than the first one.
— Travis Beacham (@travisbeacham) August 12, 2013
It’s all because of Pacific Rim‘s soft weekend opening, face it, the movie took a few days extra to reach expectations and although the movie has made money, a sequel was still in jeopardy awaiting overseas sales in China.
What is truly interesting to me is that Beacham can’t let it go. You’ll see some other sites with some zippy responses to Beacham, but look at those Twitter account numbers and do a Google or two about the posters and you get… nothing of note. Much like one would get from Google-ing me, and no one is going to do that unless it’s as slow a news day as today has been.
Pacific Rim was one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, but it’s somehow been unable to heat up the box office in any way that might obviously lend itself to sequel speculation. But with the release of Pac-Rim still imminent in huge markets like China and Japan, which could result in Pacific Rim adding significantly to its box office coffers, it would not be entirely realistic for the powers that be to be thinking about possibilities for part 2.
Well good news, Guillermo del Toro is way ahead of you.
MTV got the chance to talk to del Toro recently, and the director says that Travis Beacham is already on the case in terms of penning the screenplay, and he’s got some interesting items for the writer to put on the page. Let’s go to the video tape:
If you’re sadly not-American, and thus are unable to view the above video (seriously, what happened to the World Wide Web?), here’s what del Toro said in point form:
The possibility of Kaiju/Jaeger hybrids?
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.
How is their going to be a hybrid, and who will it fight for?
Just think about it for a second. We sent Gipsy to the other side, right? It exploded, but whatever remains stays there.
Don’t just expect the robots and the monsters to evolve…
We’ve drifted with a Kaiju brain. Well, then start riffing on that and you’ll get to something.
What do you Bastards think? Does this make you excited for another Pac-Rim, or was one enough?
Although its received decent reviews, Variety made a very biased prediction that Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim would bomb at the box office, estimating that it would bring in roughly $25-35 million during its opening weekend – for a movie that cost over $185 million to produce, that would hurt. But the numbers seem to be proving them wrong.
Early numbers show that Fandango has sold 60% of its advanced tickets for Pacific Rim. To put that into perspective, it’s already doing better than World War Z, which pulled in $66 million its opening weekend – also surprising the critics. It also scored 90% on Fandango’s Fanticipation Buzz indicator, making it a highly anticipated film this weekend. So it’s safe to say it has a pretty good chance at the box office.
In any case, we shall find out in the days to come. Will you be one of the people adding to its box office numbers this weekend?