Though beloved by film aficionados and fanboys the world over, Guillermo del Toro has never been what you'd call a "blockbuster director." None of his movies have ever grossed more than $100 million domestically, and only two (Blade II and Hellboy II: The Golden Army) have ever crossed that threshold worldwide.So it's a sign of extremely good faith that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are trusting him with what sounds like the most ambitious motion picture on the horizon that isn't based on an existing property. When you read the official synopsis for Pacific Rim, courtesy of Market Saw (via JoBlo), you'll see why it seems like a real gamble.
"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."
Market Saw has even more details on their site, so check it out, but judging from this alone, Pacific Rim has a gargantuan task ahead of it. The concept is a hybrid of Godzilla and anime tropes, which – with few exceptions – have rarely even been tried in live-action in the states, and even more rarely been taken seriously. We're getting a serious "Neon Genesis Evangelion" vibe ourselves, although let's hope that Pacific Rim isn't quite so depressing. Pacific Rim is currently scheduled to be released on July 12, 2013. We're expecting some news (and hopefully even some footage) to come out of this year's Comic Con.
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