Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Idris Elba signs for "Pacific Rim"

"Pacific Rim," a treatment/spec-script from Travis Beacham, has the good fortune of being Guillermo del Toro's next movie... and the bad fortune of being the movie del Toro "fell back" on when "At The Mountains of Madness" fell apart a few months ago - meaning that everyone was too upset about "Mountains" to give it the proper "Holy shit del Toro doing a giant monster movie!!!" hyping it deserved. Now that it's begun to add a cast, maybe that can turn around.

"Rim" has been more-or-less pitched as "Gundam vs. Godzilla" - or, more appropriately, "Stuff From Japanese Pop-Culture Americans Like: The Movie." It's premise involves an interdimensional portal opening up in the Pacific Ocean that starts spitting out angry giant-scale monsters. The good guys are humans who pilot "building-sized" robots to fight them. That'll work.

Elba and "Sons of Anarchy's" Charlie Hunnam are signed to play the two human leads. There's been some speculation that the script may have been reworked so as to not focus too much of the monster-destruction business on Japan (which it initially did) in the wake of the recent disasters there.


Joe said...

That sounds a lot like the plot of Warren Ellis' Tokyo Storm Warning comic. But it's a cool enough concept that even the Japanese have done it a few times. Looking forward to del Toro's take.

TheDVDGrouch said...

What are your thoughts on Charlie Hunnam as an actor? I thought he was pretty good in Sons Of Anarchy but I haven't really see him in anything elese.

Drunken Lemur said...

I asked for Tim Burton's Monsterpocalypse, but this'll do. I figure Monpoc has fallen through since I haven't heard anything about it in a while and one old article said that he was choosing between it and Fright Night.

Chris Cesarano said...

Interesting. According to your "By the Numbers" episode of Big Picture, At the Mountains of Madness would have been too risky after the commercial failure of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

Yet a film where a portal opens up letting giant monsters loose all over the planet while humans get together giant robots to fight back.

Not that I'm complaining. Any return to a Kaiju movie craze would make me rather fanatical. Maybe after seeing how Guillermo Del Toro can handle this sort of movie they'll look at Michael Bay and recognize him for the hack that he is.

Ahh, wishful thinking.