It's been four years since there was a Guillermo del Toro-directed film in theaters, which is roughly four years too long. Yesterday, Warner Bros. cranked out an official synopsis of his upcoming movie, Pacific Rim, which is coming out next summer. It just might be kind of massive blockbuster-type thing. Just like Pan's Labyrinth!
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.
Seeing del Toro work on this big of a scale—and this multiplex-friendly of a concept—is going to be pretty interesting. I kind of wish it was coming out on the same day as one of Peter Jackson's Hobbits, though, just because I'm petty like that.