Last week was a busy week for Guillermo del Toro (‘Hellboy,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’). Universal Pictures pulled the plug on the director’s passion project, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness.’ The director was unwilling to budge on the movie’s r-rating and studio executives were unwilling to budge on the €107 million price tag despite having James Cameron on board as a producer and Tom Cruise lined up to star. Concurrently, it was also announced that Del Toro will instead next direct the sc-fi action thriller ‘Pacific Rim’ for Legendary Pictures.
Until now, not much was known about ‘Pacific Rim,’ other than it’s about giant monsters and that the movie will allow del Toro to create a “new world” of beastly creatures. According to News in Film it seems that’s only halfway accurate. ‘Pacific Rim’ will give the director opportunity to create two worlds. The site has revealed what they believe to be the plot details for the movie.
“The first is an alternate version of Earth in the near future, decades after a historic date in November 2012 when the first kaiju, a towering Godzilla-like beast, emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan. The second is “The Anteverse,” another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our ocean’s surface.
Since the first attack, the rim has been “spitting out” a variety of gigantic monsters at an increasing rate, which then stride out of the ocean and begin destroying sea-bordering cities, like Tokyo and Los Angeles. In order to combat these monstrous, otherworldly menaces, the military developed the “Jaeger” program, which trains teams of two pilots to jointly operate massive, building-sized mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry.Within the first act alone, we are given enough detailed background on the god-like Jaeger systems, its shared neural piloting system (called “pons”), and the relentless beasts. But Beacham is an absolute master at immediately establishing characters and their conflicts.
The central character is Raleigh Antrobus, 23, a skilled Jaeger pilot still wrestling emotionally with the loss of his co-pilot and biological brother, Yance, during a mission a year earlier. The ordeal has wreaked havoc on his mind spirit, leaving him with ghostly nightmares of the battle from the shared “pons” experience. After the initial setup, the damaged hero is recruited to re-join the task force in Tokyo, where pilots are in demand, and team with a fellow “leftover,” 22-year-old female Japanese pilot Mako Mori. Naturally, the language barrier (among other things) presents an issue for the out-of-sync duo, meaning an even steeper learning curve for the unprecedented pairing.
Meanwhile, Felicity “Flick” Kincaid, a journalist and Yance’s former fiancée, circles the globe (ours) to discover answers about this mysterious rift and the origins of its intensifying threat.”
Nothing has been officially confirmed at this time. So take these plot details with a grain of salt.