It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lots and lots of Best and Worst lists! True, but it also means that awards season is just around the corner. Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, AKA: the people who give out the Oscars, announced their short list of 10 potential nominees for the Best Visual Effects category, and you’ll notice a definite nerdy trend amongst the ten films that will be vying for that golden trophy early next year. (more…)
Let’s start by saying that Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim was the pure definition of a popcorn movie. Mindless meaningless fun meant to dazzle and entertain without asking the viewer to get to invested into it. The kind of movie you just sit back, relax, turn off the higher functions and enjoy; right? Wrong. We are nerds and that is not what nerds do.
Get ready to nitpick!
The fine folk over at CinemaSins have turned their acerbic wit to the giant-robo-on-giant-monster epic to compile nine minutes of the movies most egregious errors. Truth be told, it is really hard to argue with some of these (and personally I loved the crap out of Pac Rim,) check it out for yourself after the jump. (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…)
Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is scheduled to be released on Blu-ray/DVD next week and we’ve got a taste of what fans might find in the package, besides a lot of giant Jaeger robots fighting incredibly huge Kaiju. Strap in, crank up this blooper reel video, and prepare to crush your funny bone like Godzilla strolling through Tokyo.
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.
There are still some high hopes that Pacific Rim will get a sequel, not many, but there are some. One of the hopers is Charlie Day, who played one of the scientists studying the monstrous kaiju in the film, and recently he talked to CraveOnline.com about would could happen, and what he’d like to see happen, in a potential Pac-Rim 2. You can read the full and complete interview by clicking on the link, but the pertinent gold nugget can be read below:
“I remember when I first met with him (Del Toro) that he liked the idea of Newt becoming a bit of a villain in the second film. But, I think over the course of making the film, and the way the character resonated with the audience, I don’t think he would want to turn him into a villain now, but I really have no idea….Guillermo is one of these guys that his mind is so active that he might have an idea about something and then it’s a completely different idea five minutes later. I’m hopeful that we get to drive a big punching robot. I think traditionally in those comics, sometimes the science guys put together a cheap, dorky version of one of the robots so maybe we’ll get to do something like that.”
Sounds like Day wants a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robot version of a jaeger. There seems to be a lot of fun speculation about what a Pacific Rim sequel might entail, but it’s worth pointing out that as of this past weekend, after a full month of release, Pacific Rim 1 has yet to cross $100 million domestically. Money might still roll in overseas, but that low of a box office number for North America might be a turn off for the studio when considering any sequel talk. Maybe Day should but his ideas in a comic book of his own. Alas.
What do you Bastards have to say? Still want a Pac-Rim sequel?
Source: Comic Book Movie
The Chinese market is becoming very important to Hollywood; China-centric scenes were added to the Chinese release of Iron Man 3, and a role in the upcoming Transformers 4 was being raffled off on a Chinese reality show earlier this summer, and that’s just two examples. And now nerdery is pegging its hopes on a follow-up to Pacific Rim on the average Chinese film-goer as the film opens in the country this week, but not all is cozy between Tinseltown and, um, Chinatown, as one might think.
Both Variety and Deadline are reporting that there’s a showdown on the horizon between Hollywood and the Chinese government over how much money America studios get back from Chinese movie tickets. As it is, Hollywood makes back 25 per cent on the all tickets sold in China, but China’s government is now thinking their getting screwed and want to send back a little less money to Hollywood with a new tax called VAT.
Obviously, Hollywood doesn’t like the idea of getting less money, so its a deadlocked dispute that’s gone nowhere fast the last couple of months. Enter a United States Trade Representative who is now working with the MPAA and their “counterparts within the Chinese government to resolve the issue.” Good luck with that because there’s only so much money, and it seems that everyone wants more of it.
As for Pacific Rim, and the odds for a sequel, things are looking up. The film made $9 million since opening on Wednesday, which is a very good number for the Chinese box office. Pacific Rim has so far made over $225 million worldwide, barely $90 million of that at the domestic box office. So all eye’s turn to China to see if they can push the film into greener territory (the film cost around $190 million to make), and Pac-Rim is still slated to open in several other markets across the globe later this month.
So hope lives! Maybe not so much for Hollywood getting more money out of China, but hey, we never thought we’d get a fourth season of Arrested Development either. Pigs can fly!
More news as it develops.
Source: Bleeding Cool
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?