PACIFIC RIM Movie Synopsis Has Arrived & Some Behind the Scenes Info

by on May 24, 2012

in Entertainment

Pacific Rim - Guillermo del Toro's monster movie

Despite the lack of much movie news, I’ve been quietly and patiently waiting for any update on Guillermo del Toro‘s giant monster (Kaiju) movie, Pacific Rim.  I am a very patient person.  Today I saw news that Lionsgate has released the official synopsis of the movie…   let’s check it out:

    “From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure ‘Pacific Rim.’

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Oscar® nominee Guillermo del Toro (‘Pan’s Labyrinth’) is directing ‘Pacific Rim’ from a script by Travis Beacham (‘Clash of the Titans’). Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

The film stars Charlie Hunnam (TV’s ‘Sons of Anarchy’), Idris Elba (‘Thor’), Rinko Kikuchi (‘The Brothers Bloom’), Charlie Day (‘Horrible Bosses’), and Ron Perlman (the ‘Hellboy’ films). The ensemble cast also includes Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke.”

As many readers of the site know, I love giant robots and I love giant monsters.   All fond memories from a childhood long gone.  So I’m already in a bit of anticipation.

Then there’s Toro’s brain!  After reading his book series, The Strain, I was captivated by how original he could become.  (He took the vampire mythos and turned it on its ear for me.)

Teruyoshi Nakano Godzilla and Mecha Godzilla

Teruyoshi Nakano Godzilla and Mecha Godzilla

Mary Parent:  Anyone who has been a long time fan of Joss Whedon (Didn’t he just have some movie released recently???), knows that she’s been a supporter of his and has the “eye.”  She tried backing him from whatever studio she was with, so kudos to her attempts and hence, by proxy, gotta love that she’s attached.

And half the cast are from films or TV shows I’ve enjoyed, or I’ve spoken with, 1-on-1.  So I’m in it and hoping for the best with this movie.

With that said, here are images of the HUGE sound stages where they filmed some of Pacific Rim:

PACIFIC RIM - Pinewood Toronto Studios, Where PACIFIC RIM was filmed

PACIFIC RIM - pinewood toronto workshop_2

PACIFIC RIM - sound stage

Pacific Rim Behind the Scenes

Below is a piece I pulled together back in January and never got it to “press.”  (You know, one thing leads to another, not enough time, too few hands, etc., etc..)

Guillermo del Toro Invades Toronto

In case you need an update or so, Guillermo del Toro has been filming Pacific Rim at the Pinewood Toronto Studios for a while.  They started filming in November (2011) and expect to be at the studio location well into April of 2012.

The production of the giant monster movie has been taking up the space in five of the seven sound stages there.

This location is where a part of the movie in Hong Kong takes placer.  In the film, Hong Kong is where the giant, monster-fighting robots are built and maintained.

They’ve also built downtown Hong Kong on the sound stages.

Guillermo del Toro is going to be a very tired man when this is all said and done because rather than use a second filming unit, he’s controlling it all by himself, shuttling back and forth between all the sound stages as production moves forward.

The Pinewood Toronto Sound Stages where Pacific Rim is being created for movie-goers range in size from ten thousand square feet to just under forty-six thousand square feet.  That’s huge.

The largest sound stage is sized on par with a football field, It measures out at 256 feet long by 180 feet wide, and is 60 feet tall inside.  That gives the production staff in this one building roughly 2.7 million cubic feet of production space!

Have at it del Toro!  It sounds like you had enough room!

While at the Toronto sound stage, Still Seas (The code name for Pacific Rim on their schedule) was filming alongside Resident Evil: Retribution, and the TV productions of Buy Herself and Candice Tells All.

Breakout Kings & Total Recall have also filmed there.


The movie is due out in July of 2013.


 Today’s Synopsis via Think McFly, Think;
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