We recently heard the exciting news that Guillermo del Toro will officially be returning to helm the sequel to his massive-monster-vs-robot-smash-fest Pacific Rim, but it seems we might have to wait a little longer before he actually starts production.
[Pacific Rim 2](movie:775756) has been on the cards for sometime, but it was wasn't officially greenlit until last week. It seems that while he was waiting for Legendary to make a decision, del Toro has pushed ahead with a new project - which certainly sounds rather interesting. In an interview with Collider, the Pan's Labyrinth director described the new, smaller and more artistic project. He explained:
Right away, in February/March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting—we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, and then I restart it and go all the way until we start shooting Pacific Rim 2 at the end of 2015 for release in 2017.
Unfortunately, he doesn't go into specific details for the currently untitled film, although he does mention the project will include "one great creature". He did, however, talk a little bit about casting the movie. It seems del Toro has his eye on acting legend John Hurt, whom he has previously worked with in his two Hellboy films. He continued:
It’s a very small cast. I would love to have John Hurt, and there’s an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I’ve seen her in a short film. That’s all she’s really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I’m gonna try her out for the main role.
Personally, I think this sounds like an incredibly interesting project, especially if del Toro can get Hurt on-board. Del Toro might be moving more and more into the blockbuster mainstream, but it's only by returning to this more original, smaller fare that I think directors can recharge their creativity.
What do you think? Would you prefer him to just get working Pacific Rim 2?
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