While director Guillermo Del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness may never come to fruition due to being broadsided (somehow) by Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, his other longtime pet project, Pacific Rim, has been moving along steadily. There hasn’t been much details except that it somehow involved monsters and robots, and judging by the almost unmatched visual imagination that Del Toro has displayed in his past work, I was very intrigued.
Well, I’m no longer intrigued. I’m just simply geeking out now. As this officially released synopsis reveals, the movie appears to be the lovechild of Godzilla and Neon Genesis Evangelion with a smattering of global apocalypse thrown in for good measure.
Here’s the full synopsis as per Legendary Pictures:
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim.
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.
Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) is directing Pacific Rim from a script by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans). Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.
The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s “Sons of Anarchy”), Idris Elba (Thor), Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses), and Ron Perlman (the Hellboy films). The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke.
I cannot believe I just read that and didn’t immediately wake up in bed with stained bedsheets. As a life-long anime fan, just the thought of giant human-controlled robots was enough to set my brain salivating. But Godzilla styled monsters too? Oh Del Toro, just take all my money now!
Pacific Rim is scheduled for release on 12 July 2013.
Last Updated: May 24, 2012