Friday, March 18, 2011

And this week's bad turn of luck for Guillermo del Toro is...

New Pet Theory: Guillermo del Toro is "Movie Geek Christ" - the Film Gods allow him and his various passion projects to be repeatedly crucified for the sins of all other projects, so that they might live to see a greenlight.

Today's round of whippings: "Pacific Rim," the Kaiju-tribute giant-monster movie he signed onto when "At The Mountains of Madness" as refused a go-ahead by Universal, is now going to need an extensive rewrite to remove references to destruction in Japan - for obvious reasons. Making things stranger, Legendary Pictures (the producers) are apparently leaning HARD on del Toro to also rewrite the script so that the "main" monster is Godzilla, rather than whatever the original was.

"Rim" started out as a hotly-pursued spec-script in which a portal to another dimension opens up in the ocean and starts spitting-out Godzilla-style giant monsters, which humanity (apparently) resists using giant robot battlesuits. That THAT premise can now be an original spec that becomes a bidding-war blockbuster is kind of wonderful.

The no-more-Japan thing makes total sense... but the Godzilla angle sounds suspiciously phony. Everyone knows that Legendary bought "Rim" at first looking to possibly rewrite it into a Godzilla movie... except they later signed "Monsters" Gareth Edwards to a straightforward Godzilla reboot a few months ago. For this to be true, they'd have to have canceled Edwards' project, or is this more of a crossover/cameo thing?

Either way, not good news - because del Toro's general reaction to studio interference is to just pack up and move on... and it's getting to the point where I'm worried the guy might just up and retire at this point.

7 comments:

CraftyAndy said...

ugh I realy could care less about a movie being sensitive to current events. The A bomb didn't stop them from making Godzilla in the first place. And 9/11 didn't stop us from releasing more action movies. I never understood the too soon thing. It's a tragedy now and always will be a tragedy no matter how many years past. Make your donations fly over and help with the relief effort and leave our movies and especially Del Toro alone.

bigjkt said...

He seems to be having a run of bad luck that strikes some movie directors, he's approaching Terry Gilliam territory.

Chris Cesarano said...

"The A bomb didn't stop them from making Godzilla in the first place."

That's because Godzilla was sort of about the destructive power of the A-Bomb and what it did to Japan. This is a little bit different, though I'm always uncertain what to do with things that were okay before, but now that X has happened its not cool.

naebb_gaedda said...

Not to mention that Godzilla was made almost ten years AFTER the bombings, when enough time to reflect on the whole thing had passed. Showing destructive imagery related to Japan as entertainment now, when the whole disaster is going on would come off as really insensitive. Perhaps not to us,but to the people going through the crisis.

Bob said...

The original "Godzilla" was made BY Japanese filmmakers with the specific intent of "dealing with" the national psyche regarding the Bombing. If Toho was to revive the Japanese-set Godzilla and make similar reference to the tsunami/quake/meltdown aftermath... that would be one thing.

But I think that a Western film studio doing the same thing would be more than a little bit in bad taste, yes.

FigmentJedi said...

If this pushes him towards directing that Haunted Mansion reboot he's been writing for Disney, I won't mind it too much.

R. Dempsey said...

@Bob
"The original "Godzilla" was made BY Japanese filmmakers with the specific intent of "dealing with" the national psyche regarding the Bombing. If Toho was to revive the Japanese-set Godzilla and make similar reference to the tsunami/quake/meltdown aftermath... that would be one thing.

But I think that a Western film studio doing the same thing would be more than a little bit in bad taste, yes."

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Normally I'd agree, Bob. But Toho has shown that they aren't interested in using Godzilla to make a statement anymore. Toho uses Godzilla to sell theatre toys now. They don't respect the character; they just need to retire, take royalties and allow filmmakers who respect Godzilla and want to use the character to its maximum potential.

I think a tasteful film related to the Tsunami or the Earthquake can come out of a US company featuring Godzilla.