Guillermo del Toro always has so many projects on the go at the same time that sometimes it’s darn hard to keep up with all of them. The guy is a prolific writer with a wild imagination that must be in constant overdrive; there is no doubt about it. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that some of these projects fade away into the background. However, if you are an avid fan of del Toro, you will know that he never gives up on a project entirely, no matter how long it has remained dormant. And, this has been the case with his pet project A Killing On Carnival Row, which he has been sitting on for almost a decade now, and it looks like the long-gestating film has found new lease of life as a TV show. (more…)
Guillermo del Toro is a busy man with a great work ethic it seems. With his recent announcement that he has finished and handed in the script for Warner Bros. tentatively proposed Justice League Dark adaptation, and having wrapped filming for his next directorial feature Crimson Peak (set for an October 17 2015 release), now – during promotional rounds for the DVD and Blu-ray release of FX’s The Strain – he has also been discussing the Pacific Rim 2 script that he has been developing (…does this man ever sleep, seriously?!). Guillermo has been elaborating on some plot details for the follow-up to the International Kaiju smashing blockbuster hit Pacific Rim, and it sound like we are going to be seeing more of Charlie Day’s Dr. Newton Geiszler, and Burn Gorman’s Gottlieb. (more…)
Last year, Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly lit the greenlight for a series about palace intrigue and the supernatural in Ancient Egypt, and it was called HIEROGLYPH! The series was created by Pacific Rim co-screenwriter Travis Beacham and it was cleared right off the top for a 13-episode season run since Fox, through Reilly, was in the mood to do away with pilots permanently. Now, paradoxically, Hieroglyph has been cancelled before it’s even aired one episode, or even filmmed more than its first entry, and the reason is the age old excuse that covers all contingencies: creative differences. (more…)
It’s official: The sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s kaiju/mecha megahit is set for release in approximately 3 years. (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…)
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?
The other day, we here at the NerdBastards (namely me) wrote a piece about Guillermo del Toro’s plans for upcoming projects. One thing on his list was a potential sequel for his latest flick, Pacific Rim. I say “potential sequel”, cause the first film still has about eight months before it hits theaters. Apparently, Legendary Pictures has said “screw it!” and plans to go ahead with the sequel regardless of how the film is going to do at the box office.
Screenwriter Travis Beacham has been asked to write up the new script. In case you don’t know, he’s the guy who did the treatment for the first one. He will, of course, be working hand-in-hand with del Toro. Assuming the director even has time to breath given his crazy schedule, that is.
So, folks, more giant robots are coming, whether you like the first movie or not. The problem is, most giant robot movies haven’t really done so well in the past. Then again, none of them have ever had such a great director and a huge budget. Let’s just hope they don’t turn this into a sequel factory in the manner that they’ve done with Michael Bay’s Transformers or we shall have one more mediocre franchise plaguing the world.
Thanks to GeekTyrant for the heads-up.