The Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth filmmaker has just started production on his latest—the giant monsters vs. giant robots showdown Pacific Rim—and his level of excitement is contagious.
By the sound of it, Pacific Rim is going to be Del Toro's biggest film yet: a Roland Emmerich-scale spectacle, about humanity defending itself from an alien attack with the help of massive robots, which will hopefully bring some of del Toro's characteristic heart. As he told Wired magazine, while confirming that they started shooting on Nov. 14:
"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, etc. ... We are working with actors that I absolutely adore. Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman."
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day in a monster movie? Yeah, I can get behind that:
Pacific Rim is scheduled to hit theaters on May 10, 2013.