Guillermo Del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM Sequel And BEAUTY & THE BEAST
Del Toro offers an update on his planned Beauty & The Beast adaptation, which has Emma Watson attached to star. Additionally, the director expresses interest in shooting a Pacific Rim sequel in 3D if he returns to take the helm.
Speaking with The Playlist while promoting the horror film Mama (which he's producing), Guillermo del Toro discusses some of his upcoming projects, including a planned sequel to his sci-fi film Pacific Rim which is coming this summer. It was recently announced that del Toro will be co-writing the sequel's script with Travis Beacham, though he isn't definitely set to direct. However, he's interested in filming in 3D if he does sign on to take the helm again. "Yes. Provided, at that point, that the technology is becoming easier and easier…" He then comments on his initial lack of interest in converting Pacific Rim to 3D, despite the studio's insistence. "Even then they were super respectful. By then we were already getting ILM shots. I was realizing that out of 100 shots, maybe 10% of the shots were risky. They said, "If we go 2D on those shots, we can do it." Then I gave them my list of conditions. They spent twice of what they normally spend on [this process], because they gave me the chance to pay ILM to do every single shot in native 3D. They aren't being converted. So all the big 3D effects shots are being done by ILM from the get go. Normally they give a movie a 14 to 16 week conversion time [for 3D]. I started the conversion back in September. So it's six months for conversion. It's very classy."
Last year, it was reported that del Toro had signed on to direct and produce Warner Bros.' live action Beauty & The Beast adaptation, which has Harry Potter star Emma Watson attached to star. Since then, however, we haven't heard anything official on the project. Here, GDT confirms that a script has been finished, and will be turned in to the studio soon. "We just got the first draft from Andrew Davies, who wrote some BBC Charles Dickens miniseries, to great effect, including two of my favorites of his – "Little Dorritt" and "Bleak House." I love his work. So we just got it. I'm doing a pass myself and then we'll send it to the studio for reactions." To check out the director's full interview with The Playlist, in which he also discusses his work with Dreamworks Animation and updates on The Haunted Mansion, click the source link below.
Guillermo del Toro's next film, Pacific Rim, hits theaters July 12th this year. He will next film Legendary Pictures' Crimson Peak early next year.
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