Pacific Rim 2 is getting a sci-fi genre fan-favorite, and it’s a pretty big deal! It may be a little hard to believe, but it has already been three years since Guillermo Del Toro brought Pacific Rim to the big screen. Though the film didn’t quite kill it at the domestic box office, it did do pretty well internationally, and spawned comic books, an in-development animated series and a whole lot of merchandise, so the franchise potential is there and a sequel is on the way. Though a lot of focus has been on who won’t be returning, we finally got word on a huge new addition to Pacific Rim 2. Continue reading
Netflix’s plan to double its original content by 2016 proved undoubtedly ambitious, and it seems DreamWorks Animation may help it happen. The two have partnered up to add some major names to Netflix’s original programming slate, including a new Voltron series, as well as Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters project. According to Variety, the new agreement between Netflix and DreamWorks will add both a number of original series and the studio’s feature films, as well as DreamWorks content to markets outside China. Among the new series, Netflix is said to be developing a “re-imagining” of the Voltron property, as well as del Toro’s Trollhunters, which “will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.” Not only that, but the deal also expands the marketplace for existing series The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, and Dragons: Race to the Edge, while new series will be developed off DreamWorks movies, past, present and future.Guillermo del Toro has his ladle in enough enough stews to give Trollhunters a unique flavor, but what should we expect from a new Voltron series?
Over the weekend, Marvel announced that they will be a releasing a new Disney Kingdoms comic book that focuses on The Haunted Mansion. Guillermo del Toro has slowly been developing a feature film adaptation of the classic Disneyland attraction for years. I know that film project isn’t dead yet. For some reason, though, they are just taking their sweet time with it.
The Haunted Mansion comic will be a horror-comedy that, obviously, focuses on the haunted mansion and all of the ghosts who inhabit its walls. Three of these ghosts are teased, and those are, of course, the hitchhiking ghosts.
There’s no official information on the plot or when the comic will be released, but it’s expected to launch sometime early next year. As a huge fan of The Haunted Mansion I’m excited to see what they plan on doing with this comic.
A new screenwriter has been brought in to do an overhaul on the live-action version of Ghost in the Shell, says the Hollywood Reporter.
The new writer is Jonathan Herman, who wrote this year’s Straight Outta Compton, the film about hip hop group N.W.A. Like for Ghost in the Shell, Herman was brought in to do a rewrite on that film after it had been tackled by several other writers.
Hollywood Reporter also dropped a few hints about the plot of Ghost in the Shell, which is set to open March 31, 2017: Continue reading
Just yesterday, we wrote about how production on Pacific Rim 2 has been delayed indefinitely, and THR’s report indicated that the movie might not ever get made. But writer/director Guillermo del Toro isn’t quite ready to give up on the project yet: in a new interview with EW, he tells the outlet that the project is “not gone.”
“We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not gone. We’re still on it.”
He also mentions that the movie’s delay is temporary, saying “It moved further. I may do another movie in the middle.” That mystery film is likely the “Splash meets Wall-E” pitch he’s working on for Fox Searchlight, news of which leaked a few days ago. But del Toro isn’t completely lacking in self-awareness. He knows full well that his passion projects cost a lot of money to make and aren’t exactly easy sells.
“I can tell you this, if I was a billionaire, I would definitely do Hellboy 3, Pacific Rim 2, and At the Mountains of Madness.” He laughs. “And I would quickly become a millionaire.”
The Hollywood Reporter has published a behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between Universal, Legendary Pictures, and Warner Bros., and it’s fascinating stuff if you follow the business side of the industry. I’d recommend reading the whole thing if you have time, but for those who are only looking for the highlight reel, the most important aspect that came to the forefront involves the future of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom.
A report last week indicated that production on the sequel had been delayed until sometime in 2016, but THR says “the project has been halted indefinitely and will be pushed back (if it gets made at all).” That last part may be speculation on their part, but it might be an assessment coming from talks with sources close to the studio; basically at this point, the future of the movie is anything but assured. This could very easily turn into another one of those projects that falls into development hell and ends up never being made, despite getting inches from the starting line.
This is confirmation that the film is in big trouble, and my hope is for one of two outcomes: 1) Universal and Legendary change their minds and quickly set a new start date for Pacific Rim 2, or 2) that they immediately and definitively state that the film will never happen so del Toro doesn’t have to waste any more time on it before ultimately moving on to his next project. If half of the things he’s spent so much time developing actually came out, he’d be considered a prolific filmmaker instead of one who makes one movie every two to five years.
Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima have been working on the highly anticipated Silent Hill video game, Silent Hills. The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus was set to star in the lead role. A teaser trailer released for the game got fans incredibly excited.
Matt Hackney was reportedly at the “Evening with Guillermo del Toro” event in San Francisco, and reveals that, when asked about the game, the director revealed that he and Hideo Kojima will no longer be working together. Check out the tweet in question below: Continue reading