First TV spot for Pacific Rim stomps in; del Toro talks sequel possibilities

Guillermo del Toro's PACIFIC RIM is easily one of our most anticipated films of the summer and with the film scheduled to stomp into theaters in a month and a half we are now treated to the flicks first TV spot, which we have for ya below. Coming on the heels of a brand new promo image we hit you with yesterday, this new spot features some new imagery (like a giant foot smashing down in what appears to be Tokyo) but is mostly culled from the previous trailers we've seen and features the familiar voiceover we've heard so often, but it's a tightly edited little package that does a damn good job selling the film nonetheless.

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.

Should the movie prove to be a hit (and is there really any question that it will be?), del Toro has already started thinking about the potential sequel. According to EW, Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Hull, who co-produced the movie with Warner Bros, gave del Toro the go-ahead at the film's first preview screening. del Toro explains...

"He said, ‘Do you think you can come up with a great idea?’ I said, ‘F---, yeah!’ Because on the way to the finished screenplay, there were entire angles and ideas that we chopped off because they were too much."

For the sequel, the director intends to explore what is waiting on the other side of the inter-dimensional rift, looking at the alien forces sending in the monsters to attack earth, sharing...

"They’re a race of blind consumers grabbing planets, consuming them, and moving to the next. The idea [with the sequel] is to explore a little bit of that. I won’t spoil it, but I don’t think we’ll repeat a single beat from the first movie.”

But with other projects on the horizon, including the gothic supernatural tale CRIMSON PEAK, we shouldn't expect a follow-up anytime soon. del Toro explains...

“I don’t think the screenplay will come out so quick. It took us a year and a half to do this script, and it’ll take us at least two years to develop the other script.”

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures will unleash PACIFIC RIM in theaters July 12, 2013 and stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff.

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Source: EW



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