I rarely run start of production stories because they're usually nonsense, but when it's a Guillermo del Toro movie it feels like a big deal. Especially because it's been about four years since the last time GdT started principal photography on a movie. The director has a zillion irons in the fire, but the last couple of years saw him get involved with projects - especially The Hobbit and At the Mountains of Madness - that never took off for him.
A couple of weeks back I was in Toronto and saw the soundstages where Guillermo would be shooting Pacific Rim, the insane giant robots vs giant monsters movie, but even still I didn't want to jinx anything. I wasn't going to believe it was happening until shooting started. And it started on Monday.
Talking to Wired, Guillermo explained the appeal for him: "It’s really, it’s a very, very beautiful poem to giant monsters. Giant monsters versus giant robots. Twenty-five-story-high robots beating the crap out of 25-story-high monsters."
But it ain't all just pummeling; the fun of Pacific Rim is that the script creates a huge, layered world - the sort inside of which nerds love to get lost. Says GdT: "We’re trying to create a world in which the characters are real and how it would affect our world politically, how it would affect the landscape if creatures like this really came out of the sea, etc."
I can't wait to start seeing what this movie looks like. The film has taken over an entire studio in Toronto, consuming enormous stages. This should be one big fucking film.