Guillermo del Toro Has Yet To See 'THE HOBBIT'; Acknowledges Help On 'PACIFIC RIM'
Director Guillermo del Toro was once in line to direct "The Hobbit" for Warner Bros. but that didn't work out and fellow director Peter Jackson returned to helm the prequels. So why hasn't del Toro seen "An Unexpected Journey?"
If you were going to direct a monumental, blockbuster film but things didn't pan out and someone else eventually went on to direct something you'd already put considerable time into, wouldn't you be curious about what that other director did? Apparently, Guillermo del Toro has no curiosity whatsoever. While discussing "Pacific Rim" with Vulture, he revealed, "I haven’t seen [any footage of] the second [Hobbit] movie. I haven’t seen the first movie, so I don’t know. I’ve been busy making my own movies. [Laughs.]" Do you think del Toro's just a tad bit bitter and is actively avoiding the project or has he really been that busy?
Del Toro was much more open about "Pacific Rim," willing to admit that his director friends, Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) and Alejandro Iñárritu (Babel, Birdman) helped with some of the editing on the film. Said Guilermo, "Alejandro famously came over one night on 'Pan’s Labyrinth' and took fifteen minutes out of the movie. And they both came to see my cut of 'Pacific Rim'. Alejandro took about ten minutes out of it with me. Alfonso also took a few minutes out but mostly gave ideas on editing — move this, move that. I watched [Cuarón’s] Gravity recently and came up with a few visual gags and helped him edit a few minutes out." Perhaps del Toro's director's cut will be released on home video.
There's even a question asked by Vulture pertaining to the widespread destruction in "Man of Steel" and balancing that with the smaller, human stakes. Guillermo responded by stating that it was not his intent to make a dark film with "Pacific Rim." "I think the thing that is going to surprise a lot of people about Pacific Rim is the thing that I hope surprised some people about the Hellboy movies," said Del Toro. He continued, "It has a good sense of humor. It has a very, very sweet nature. I said from the beginning, I’m going to destroy buildings and cars, but I’m not gonna see people being taken or destroyed because I don’t want the audience to ever abandon the idea that this can’t be fun."
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PACIFIC RIM' Star Idris Elba On Kaijū's, Stacker Pentecost And Guillermo del Toro
Running Time: 2 hrs 11 min (rumored)
Release Date: July 12th, 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
MPAA Rating:Charlie Hunan, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Written by: Travis Beacham
"When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse."
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