Guillermo Del Toro has been hitting the press circuit in order to promote the DVD release of his latest film, Pacific Rim. In doing so he’s let some juicy morsels drop about the proposed sequel to the less than financial blockbuster kaiju film, his future projects, and his desire to make a Frankenstein film.
About the future of the Pacific Rim franchise he had this to say:
No, we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.
Continuing on that topic, he said:
“To me, what was beautiful and flattering was how people saw the movie not once or twice but three, four times or more. People that love it, love it with great passion. So I would love to continue telling stories about that world.”
On his desire to make a Frankenstein film:
“You know, I hope it [Frankenstein] does [happen], in the right way and the right moment. Every time I get with Universal, we talk about doing it, and then for whatever reason something else takes over. Right now, I’m busy for the next two years, between finishing The Strain and doing Crimson Peak. So it just happens like that. Your life leapfrogs a couple of years, if not more, when you’re a filmmaker. When you’re a filmmaker that generates his own projects, for sure.”
On the topic of Pinocchio:
“We have a large part of the financing in place. One of the partners we had simply stopped making films. We are looking for a new partner, and hopefully it will happen. It’s always serendipity, which project happens and which one doesn’t. “
Del Toro is one of those directors who straddles the main stream and genre favorite groups. He’s got enough pull with the studios to get something unique and interesting made, but he’s got enough creative credibility to really make something wonderful that has a heart. On the topic of Del Toro making a Frankenstein movie? Yes, please. I’d watch that in a heartbeat. Those two seem made for each other.