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Guillermo del Toro Talks Pacific Rim 2 and Not Giving Up on At The Mountains of Madness

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Guillermo del Toro Talks Pacific Rim 2 and Not Giving Up on At The Mountains of MadnessThe Wall Street Journal recently caught up with prolific filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to talk about about his upcoming sequel to Pacific Rim and keeping hope alive for At the Mountains of Madness. Read on for the skinny!

I said to [Legendary Pictures], [At the Mountains of Madness] is the movie that I would really love to do one day, and it’s still expensive,” he admitted. “I think that now, with the way I’ve seen PG-13 become more and more flexible, I think I could do it PG-13 now, so I’m going to explore it with [Legendary], to be as horrifying as I can, but to not be quite as graphic.”

There’s basically one or two scenes in the book that people don’t remember that are pretty graphic. Namely, for example, the human autopsy that the aliens do, which is a very shocking moment. But I think I can find ways of doing it. We’ll see. It’s certainly a possibility in the future. Legendary was very close to doing it at one point so I know they love the screenplay. So we’ll see. Hopefully it’ll happen. It’s certainly one of the movies I would love to do.”

Del Toro continues, “I think there’s a really strong possibility we can do it at Legendary because now they are at Universal, and Universal, you may remember, almost greenlit the movie. The fact that we now have two studios together that love the material, and if they support each other, they are risking a lot less. It would be great to do it, but I’ve understood that you don’t plan your career; it just happens.

As for Pacific Rim 2

I can tell you: [screenwriter Zak Penn] and I really went in, we started with [screenwriter Travis Beacham] about a year and a half ago, kicking ideas back and forth. And, admittedly, I said to Zak, “Let’s keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak. We came up with a really, really interesting idea. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.”

I’m hoping to bring the same idea I had in the first movie, that was to make it multicultural and humanistic as much as possible, to make characters from many nationalities or gender, to make them equal in the scope of the adventure, in the day-to-day of the adventure. So we’re bringing a few characters that are new and hopefully doing good work managing those that survived the first movie.

Stay tuned, kids!

Guillermo del Toro Talks Pacific Rim 2 and Not Giving Up on At The Mountains of Madness

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5 Comments

  1. I can see where del Toro comes from about ‘Mountains’ being PG-13. The rating has gotten a lot looser over the years so yeah I think it could be done PG-13. Plus they could always shoot ‘R’ material for an unrated cut or like Fox with ‘Prometheus’ ultimately decide to release a R version. If ‘The Strain’ becomes a hit on television; will certainly raise del Toro’s name with the general public so seeing him attached to a film might draw more people and raise chance of the R.

    • Having just watched the first 4 episodes of The Strain (and now dying for more), I can promise that the violence/gore factor in it is easily comparable to what an R rating used to be. And that’s on TV! – definitely where it’s at right now. PG13 seems to be more about sex than violence these days anyway so I wouldn’t worry too much about Mountains. And like you said, we’ll more than likely get an R or unrated Blu-ray/DVD.

  2. I have faith Del Toro will do Mountains justice. His Hellboy movies are some of the best comic movies out there. He knows how to deliver all the spectacle and excitement we need in a PG-13 format.

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