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PACIFIC RIM is not being turned into GODZILLA & is not writing Japan totally out!

Published at: March 17, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here...

On my twit-stream - MrDisgusting is reporting that LEGENDARY is twisting Guillermo Del Toro's arms to turn PACIFIC RIM into GODZILLA - and to write JAPAN totally out of the film.   This is wrong.  I know an awful lot about this project - but can not write openly about what I know, that said - this film will be international in scope.   People that claim otherwise are going off of an OCTOBER draft of the screenplay, which has changed quite a bit since then - completely unmotivated by the current disaster in JAPAN.   I've talked to a lot of folks that are working on this film and it will be a-fucking-mazing.   I reached out to a couple of sources just a while ago to run Bloody-Disgusting's story - and there was genuine disbelief.   No doubt, the rumor mill is cranking about this film, but it is moving full steam ahead!    And I couldn't be happier.   Knowing what this project is makes losing AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS at least tolerable.   

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  • March 17, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Truth about PACIFIC RIM

  • March 17, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    I am first...

    by Fah-Cue

    Not Harry.

  • ...

  • March 17, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I'm confused...

    by awardgiver

    so what is this supposed to be about, then? I can't get excited about a movie if I have no clue what its about. Wake me when the Lovecraft movie gets the greenlight!

  • It is based on an original script, but obviously inspired by Godzilla type films and mecha anime.

  • March 17, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    HARRY, DO THE FISTS SHOOT FROM THE FOREARM??

    by the Green Gargantua

    are they more bio mechanical Eva type things, hybrids of the monsters in the film? I am fucking stoked on this film.

  • March 17, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I bet this gets filmed before GAIKING

    by the Green Gargantua

  • That is both head-burstingly awesome, and a bit worrying... Will both projects make it all the way to the screen?

  • March 17, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Braindrain, PACIFIC RIM isn't slang for vagina, you fool!

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    It's a movie! And you'll be able to see it within our lifetime!

  • March 17, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    i know you are up his butt and all harry

    by zom-bot.com

    but mind cluing us in as to why we should get psyched aboout this which we know nothing about? cause at one point this site let people in on stuff. but now it's too connected. too many friends involved. so now you just toss out vague morsels that makes us dogs madder and madder at you.

  • sounds pretty damn interesting. " Set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace. This project will give the Hellboy filmmaker the opportunity to create two worlds. The first is an alternate version of Earth in the near future, decades after a historic date in November 2012 when the first kaiju, a towering Godzilla-like beast, emerged from a hole in the Pacific Ocean and attacked the city of Osaka, Japan. The second is “The Anteverse,” another universe on the other side of that gaping portal, 5 miles below our ocean’s surface. Since the first attack, the rim has been “spitting out” a variety of gigantic monsters at an increasing rate, which then stride out of the ocean and begin destroying sea-bordering cities, like Tokyo and Los Angeles. In order to combat these monstrous, otherworldly menaces, the military developed the “Jaeger” program, which trains teams of two pilots to jointly operate massive, building-sized mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry. The central character is Raleigh Antrobus, 23, a skilled Jaeger pilot still wrestling emotionally with the loss of his co-pilot and biological brother, Yance, during a mission a year earlier. The ordeal has wreaked havoc on his mind spirit, leaving him with ghostly nightmares of the battle from the shared ‘pons’ experience. After the initial setup, the damaged hero is recruited to re-join the task force in Tokyo, where pilots are in demand, and team with a fellow ‘leftover,’ 22-year-old female Japanese pilot Mako Mori.” The other character mentioned is a journalist by the name of Felicity “Flick” Kincaid, who was Yance’s fiancée. She’s doing her “investigative journalist” thing and flying around the globe, trying to uncover answers about the mysterious hole in the rim."

  • March 17, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    The more kaiju the merrier.

    by fustfick

    I wish there were a dozen of these sorts of movies a year. I cannot get enough giant monster in my cinematic diet. Oh, and I finally caught "Monsters" (streaming on Netflix) and I've gotta say...not bad. Not bad at all.

  • Because it bothers the hell out of me...

  • At least in a broad sense from the info I was able to find. I'm sure there will be more to it than that. Sounds good to me though. Also, Pacific Rim is not a remake, reboot, prequel, or sequel either. I'd say that alone is reason to be excited for it.

  • March 17, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Wait, they want him to add Godzilla AND take out Japan?

    by ROBRAM89

    Do they not realize what they're saying?

  • March 17, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    lv_426, bless you for that synopsis

    by WriteForTheEdit

    That does sound very, very cool, but I can see why Legendary does NOT want that film around when they're trying to get Godzilla happening. This makes me a bit squirrelly in my nads...

  • March 17, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Hey! Hey guys!

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    "Pacific Rim-job!" hehehehehehehehe...

  • March 17, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Why not just make it Pulgasari?

    by Gozu

    He's a giant monster AND North Korean!

  • March 17, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Acknowledging the fake gossip only legitimizes it.

    by JediRob

    So this story tell us what exactly? That other stories are wrong? Not trying to be a jerk but, seems a bit like a non story. I personally hadn't heard any of those rumors, but the point of fake rumors is to try to get attention.

  • March 17, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit

    by lv_426

    There is the possibility that Pacific Rim could get nixed to not compete against Godzilla, and disaster type movies in general might be scarce for the next couple years due to the tragedy in Japan. Wouldn't it be ironic if Pacific Rim gets put on hold because of world events happening now, and then Del Toro is freed up to go back to At The Mountains of Madness? Although, now that I know about Pacific Rim's plot and concept, I want it to be made as well as Mountains.

  • Need pics Hare. Need pics.

  • March 17, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Gamera is really neat, Gamera is filled with meat

    by Frank Conniff

    We’ve been eating Gamera!

  • March 17, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    lv_426

    by WriteForTheEdit

    For certain, watching buildings get destroyed in Japan is going to be verbotin for awhile. If that means "Pacific Rim" has to fall on the sword, then so be it. And if that also means Legendary's Godzilla goes full steam ahead, AND GdT goes back to getting ATMoM into production, well, that will be one very small silver lining to a very dark cloud. But, yes, in a perfect world, we'd be getting all three movies. To echo fustfick, we just don't get enough big monster movies like we oughta. I think I own at least 12 Godzilla films on DVD and that isn't nearly enough...

  • March 17, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Why don't they just make ULTRAMAN?

    by Ivan_Mtl

    If they want to make a giant metal man fighting monsters movie, why don't they just make a big budget Ultraman film? It is a known property, and would also appeal to the fans of "super-hero" movies. Besides, wasn't it produced by the same people that gave us Godzilla?

  • March 17, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    When I open my San Francisco gay bar...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...it will be called "The Pacific Rim".

  • March 17, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    dont you guys get tired...

    by j_difool

    ...of this shit ? It's been getting recycled since Gundam, if not before. That's at least 30 years of recycled shit. why don't we all agree to grow up?

  • March 17, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    j_difool : Shut the fuck up, you obviously know dick about the genre.

    by the Green Gargantua

    This stuff has never been In a live action context with a budget to see it realized.

  • March 17, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Gojira was a reaction to the dropping of the A-Bomb...

    by workshed

    ...and was the biggest movie of all-time in Japan. Maybe Guillermo should remake Gojira to reflect the times and help the people of Japan come to terms with the current terrible events. Just make sure Mothra and Tarantula come along for the ride!

  • March 17, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    I swear sometimes...

    by William

    I think Hollywood producers try to piss us off on purpose. They have so little respect for these types of genres that they will go out of their way to make nothing but bad calls when making them cause they KNOW they'll make money anyway. They're like trying to prove a point. A shitty point.

  • March 17, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    scorchy, my favorite Harry-sentence was something like:

    by CountryBoy

    [referring to his knowledge of the T4 Bale-rant] "I know about this because I'm somewhere where someone who is working on it and was there is."

  • March 17, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    And that synopsis is a mixed bag

    by CountryBoy

    The Anteverse sounds cool; the monsters vs. mecha is "execution-dependent" (could be great, could be like the Kraken or WILD WILD WEST), and the character stuff sounds thuddingly cliche. Struggling emotionally with the loss of his brother in a mission the year before? Paired with a young female pilot? Ex-fiance/journalist in harm's way? Ugh, AVATAR, BATTLE:LA and SKY CAPTAIN just called. They want their material back.

  • March 17, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Power Rangers rebooted.

    by OnO

    As cool as everything sounds, when you break it down it really sounds like a Power Ranger's movie. Giant robots with confused pilots and giant monsters. Unleash the Megazord!

  • March 17, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Japan

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Bad timing.

  • March 17, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    "twit-stream"? Ewwwwww....

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • March 17, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Remember Eight Legged Freaks? Emmerich's Godzilla?

    by KilliK

    they were flops,so it is not a surpise that HW is a bit skeptical with this kind of movies.

  • March 17, 2011, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Still on denial about AtMoM

    by RichardLuzT

    Still excited to see any cool pic as legendary/del Buey are prone to churn out

  • March 17, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    GAMERA FOR PACIFIC RIM

    by zillabeast

    Make it happen!!!

  • No it doesn't Harry, no it doesn't.

  • March 17, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    I love how Harry assumes everyone knows all about every single project

    by eXcommunicated

    Real news sites at least run a simple blurb about what the movie in question is supposed to be about. Harry's "article"? Nope.

  • March 17, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Harold, BD is sticking to their guns and say you are wrong

    by zillabeast

  • March 18, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Eight Legged Freaks - the 'Citizen Kane' of giant bug movies

    by SmokingRobot

    Unfortunately apparently not that many people are into giant bug movies.

  • March 18, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Pacific Rim sounds like....

    by KGB3317

    a description of an oriental restaurant in a mall food-court. So is this site going to be inundated with Harry's man-love stories of him & Guillermo (aka Pacific Rim scoops)? awesome.

  • March 18, 2011, 1:56 p.m. CST

    i've read the scripts

    by charlesbronsonLIVES

    and the budget on this fucking thing must be like 800 million dollars. it reads like a gigantic fucking anime movie. it also reads like a blast. the only concern i had with both drafts i've seen is the whole process of the pilots communicating with their minds gets a little cheesy at points, but i'm sure Del Toro will shake that loose by the final product. That, and the ending is a bit rushed, but so be it.

  • March 18, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Remember when?

    by Mr. Marbles

    This site used to be a real movie news and scoop site? No more. Now that Harry is tight with the powers that be, we get this "I wish I could tell you how fucking cool this will be." Fuck that. Either tell us or don't print the fucking article. Otherwise all this site does is echo news from other sources a week late..

  • It's fake. It's full of lies. People are not what they seem. And I bet there are a bunch of people chomping at the bit to come forward and release facts that they'll never print in People magazine.

  • March 18, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    RIM will be delayed

    by benmears

    I just don't see Hollywood investing big $$$ into a movie that portrays the devastation of Japan from something from the ocean depths off of it's coast. No way. Not this soon. Sure, even if it began filming tomorrow, it likely wouldn't see release until 2013, 2014. But, I STILL think it's too soon. I'm not trying to be an oversensitive ninny here, but c'mon. Get real. This is a project that definitely needs to be put on the shelf & not see production for another year or two.

  • March 18, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    In other words, Harold, this project is doomed.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • March 18, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Saddam Hussein had Baghdad Bob; Guillermo Del Toro has Harry Knowles.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Everything's JUST FINE!

  • Also, increasingly it seems that at least part of this tragedy could have been avoided by TEPCO both before and after the tsunami by following proper safety protocol and being quicker to react, respectively. I mean, it's really the nuclear equivalent of the BP oil spill, only with much more catastrophic results. That said, Godzilla is the embodiment of both nature's wrath and the dangers of nuclear weapons and, in later entries, nuclear energy. If anything, this could be an opportunity to make a really powerful, relevant film as opposed to another hollow alien invasion flick. And Gareth Andrews is just the man to do it! Wait a minute...

  • March 22, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    More like Pacific Rim Job. Am I right folks?

    by chrismata

  • March 23, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Whoa, i didnt even know ATMOM was canned

    by mattforce7

    furthermore, i had no idea this project was being pushed into development! Kind of exciting, and NOT happy with this bit of news. why change around the local when the film is (Im incredibly excited for this) INTERNATIONAL in scope?? Its just a coincidental, thusly NATURAL occurrence, that this project will harbor the imagery of japan during a time of disaster. Either way, i hope nothing is changed around in this project.