Guillermo del Toro wants ‘Pacific Rim’ kaiju to ‘start from scratch’


Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles Times

Director Guillermo del Toro deliberately avoided watching classic Japanese monster films when he was making “Pacific Rim,” his upcoming robots-versus-kaiju film.

Slated for a July 12, 2013, release, the film chronicles an epic battle between alien kaiju and giant robots piloted by humans.

“I felt there was a chance to do something fresh, something new that at the same time was conscious of the heritage, but not a pastiche or an homage or a greatest hits of everything,” Del Toro said. “One of the first things I did is make it a point to not check any old movies or any other references. Like start from scratch.”

Del Toro is the guest on the latest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” which you can find above or over at the Nerdist Channel on YouTube. This interview was conducted by Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher at San Diego’s Comic-Con International, before…

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