Go Big or Go Extinct
Guillermo del Toro‘s giant mechanical monsters are takin’ it to the streets in a new poster for Pacific Rim that has hit the Internet today. We already know from trailers that the Golden Gate Bridge takes it hard; it certainly looks as though no high-rise building will be safe when del Toro’s robots take on the massive Kaiju creatures from beneath the sea.
Click on the image above for a better look at the new poster.
Will del Toro’s sci-fi action epic bring something unique to the table? Or just be Transformers 4 come early? Knowing del Toro’s work, the former seems likely. Time will tell.
Pacific Rim opens July 12.
Anne Hathaway is getting set to star alongside Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming super-secret sci-fi epic, Interstellar. Nolan is known for working with the same actors – though his desire to have McConaughey in the lead came as a surprise – and, of course, Hathaway, now an Oscar winner for Les Misérables, portrayed Catwoman in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Who knows which other Nolan regulars may crop up in this one? [Deadline]
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is gearing up to be a big part of their “Phase Two” plans that begin this summer with Iron Man 3. And they’ve just found their female lead in the form of a lady who already knows her way around outer space. Zoe Saldana – who will reprise her roles as Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness and Neytiri in James Cameron‘s two sequels to Avatar - is in talks to star as Gamora, a green-skinned humanoid alien, in Guardians. The film also stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is currently slated for an August 1, 2014 release date. [Heat Vision]
Emma Stone is in negotiations to star in the next directorial effort from Guillermo del Toro, a haunted house picture entitled Crimson Peak. A deal has not yet been signed, but Stone – most recently on screen in Ruben Fleischer‘s Gangster Squad – is expected to star. She is also expected to start shooting a sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man later this year for Sony Pictures.
Crimson Peak will be del Toro’s follow-up to this summer’s Pacific Rim. The giant robots-vs-monsters action flick is del Toro’s first film as a director since 2008‘s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Pacific Rim comes after del Toro spent years in pre-production on The Hobbit films, finally leaving the project over production delays and opening the door for Peter Jackson to return as director to Middle-earth.
Crimson Peak will be produced by Legendary Pictures, the studio behind Pacific Rim, and based on his good working relationship with the studio, del Toro is hopeful that one of his dream projects – an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s novel At the Mountains of Madness – could also be made there in the future. At one point, del Toro had been set to direct At the Mountains of Madness with Tom Cruise starring and James Cameron producing, before Universal Pictures pulled the plug on him over budget concerns.
Crimson Peak is currently in development, but should begin pre-production soon. Pacific Rim opens July 12.
It’s been nine years since the Battle of Pelennor Field. Nine years since Aragorn was coronated, Gollum drowned in the fires of Mount Doom with the One Ring, and Frodo Baggins set sail from the Grey Havens. Nine years since Peter Jackson released the third part of his epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “unfilmable” novels, and actually finished shooting the film after it won the Oscar for Best Picture (with pickup shots for the Extended Edition DVD).
Since then, fans of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy have waited with baited breath for news that Tolkien’s prelude novel, The Hobbit, would get a similar big-screen treatment. A long wait, to be sure, and there were many times when it seemed the road really would go ever on and on, out from the door where it began.