It's a clash of the titans -- Michael Bay vs. Guillermo del Toro!
While promoting his action comedy Pain & Gain earlier in the week, Michael Bay made some vague but glib accusations about other robot movies being a "rip-off" of his Transformers franchise. Now, allegedly, he was referring movies like Reel Steel and Battleship, but some folks took his statements to mean that any movie involving robot aliens is now living in the shadow of the greatness of Bay.
One of the people who seemed miffed about it was Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro, and he had some choice words regarding this issue. Concerning comparisons to Transformers:
We are far, far, far away from that in a very willing fashion. For good or bad, this is my movie. This is my universe and my creation, and I do not create through comparison.
But, wait, here's the best quote of them all.
The fights don't occur in well-lit, supercool, car commercial-looking environments.
Oof! Tell us how you really feel, Guillermo. He also went on to very rightly point out that robot stories aren't new and that most fiction of this type owes a lot to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Then again, del Toro also said that the robots in Pacific Rim could take every "robot in the history of mankind in a toe-to-toe showdown."
What we're saying is, them's fightin' words! And we're very excited to see if Pacific Rim can meet the hype del Toro just put on it.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)