Guillermo Del Toro Discusses The PACIFIC RIM Comic Book And His Love Of Alex Ross' Artwork
The Hellboy director reveals his level of involvement with the Pacific Rim comic book prequel, revealing how he geeked out while talking to cover artist Alex Ross and his hopes to obtain the original piece of artwork from Legendary Pictures' Thomas Tull.
Talking to Collider at WonderCon, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro has commented on his involvement with the prequel comic book from Travis Beacham. The filmmaker also revealed his love of cover artist Alex Ross, saying that even he geeked out when talking to him recently.
On His Level Of Involvement With The Pacific Rim Comic Book:
"[Co-writer Travis Beacham] and I created a bible when we were writing the screenplay for everyone to have, to have a coherence. So Travis then wrote the script for the comic. What I basically was, executive editor, guest editor, whatever you want to call it. Every single step of the comic, like the screen, went through me, meaning they would not ink if I didn’t approve the penciling; they would not color if I did not approve the inks; they would not letter if I did not approve the type of letterings. So I really was, on every little step of the comic, involved."
On How He Felt To Speak To Cover Artist Alex Ross:
"It doesn’t happen to me often, but Alex Ross sent the cover, and I called him up to give him one note. I just wanted to give him one note. And I swear to God, I’m 48, I’m this and that, I’m pretty good, and I got tongue-tied. And he says, “Well, the way I was looking at it was this…” and I go, “Oh! It’s perfectthen!” [laughs] Completely wimped out, completely backed down, so it’s probably the only time it’s happened in, I don’t know, twenty years? Fifteen years? Whatever you say, Mr. Ross! [laughs]"
On His Desire To Get His Hands On The Original Cover Artwork By Ross:
"I actually offered to buy it, and [Legendary Pictures Founder and CEO] Thomas Tull had bought it. So, my hope is, Thomas looked at me the other day and said, “I have a gift for you,” so I’m hoping…Thomas, if you’re watching this: have a heart, man! [laughs]"
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 and an untested trainee — 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.
Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Antrobus
Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
Idris Elba as General Stacker Pentecost
Charlie Day as Newt Gotlieb
Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chow
Clifton Collins Jr. as Tendo Choi
Max Martini as Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky as Yancy Antrobus
RELEASE DATE: July 12th, 2013
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