Guillermo Del Toro has had a rough time over the past few years, he was set to direct the two upcoming Hobbit films but had to leave due to the lack of traction of the production due to the financial concerns with New Line. The messed up thing is that shortly after the film went into production without him but with Peter Jackson in the directors chair. He's popped up here and there talking about speaking on his work with bringing the Hulk back to TV. Today, we finally got some news on a new film from him "Pacific Rim".
"Del Toro: So much of the creation of the movie was having the best creative experience I’ve ever had in Hollywood.
Total Film: What sort of scale are you working on?
Del Toro: When we’re talking about the physicality of the fight, we ended up building several blocks of Hong Kong. And literally demolished them. We built a building and then we took down the buildings.
We built command centres of the robots that were the size of the house. We started them on hydraulic rigs that shoot and elevated them and moved them round so you could really get a sense of the physical nature driving a robot like this.
Total Film: How did Charlie Hunnam get cast?
Del Toro: The funny thing is Charlie was one of my only two choices for the prince of Hellboy II: The Golden Army. I met with him. He screen tested. I loved Charlie before Sons Of Anarchy. He always brought a certain honesty. He’s the kind of guy that women will love who guys won’t hate.
He’s the right side of honest and good looking that you don’t want to punch him in the face. You want to have a pint with the guy. You want to take him to the pub. There’s male bonding energy with this guy that I thought was perfect for the character."
Somebody must be twisting Guillermo's arm while I was writing this, I also found this first picture of Idris Elba in some sort of armoured suit from the new film. That's a pretty interesting suit that he's wearing, it kind of reminds me of some sort of anime related look. It looks like Guillermo is taking a leaf out of Ridley Scott's book an starting the hype very, very early, good on you Guillermo!