When you hear about a blockbuster movie with big robots vs. big monsters, and an even bigger budget, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s target demographic have yet to experience the wonders of puberty.
However, when the director is Guillermo Del Toro then nothing is quite as it seems. His next film Pacific Rim, which has just had a new poster released in time for Comic-Con, again looks like it will be both distinctive and wonderful.
While being a genuine auteur and maverick, The Pan’s Labyrinth director can also handle big budgets and deliver genuine crowd-pleasers.
Pacific Rim will be a 21st Century take on the classic giant monster movie genre, also known as kaiju films (like Godzilla), with giant beasts attacking Earth, and then meeting their match with man-made robots who battle for the defense of civilization.
And, Del Toro has revealed that the $150 million project is one which he is very excited about. Here’s the San Diego Comic-Con poster; click to enlarge:
He said: “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.
“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.”
The history of the monster movie genre actually has a fine tradition of offering finely layered tales involving loss and isolation. Amidst all the amateurish frolics of Japanese monster movies, there are some genuine classics, such as the original King Kong and The Iron Giant.
And, if there is one filmmaker who can add value to this rather miss-understood genre, then it is Del Toro. Pacific Rim is set for release in July 2013. See below for official photos already released, in addition to the poster.