Guillermo del Toro Talks ‘Pacific Rim’ and Why He Won’t do ‘Hellboy 3’

Even though he’s currently looking to talk to the press about the upcoming horror film that he co-wrote and produced, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, Shock till You Drop was able to ask director Guillermo del Toro some questions about his other projects as well; questions that have been floating around the movie blogosphere for a while now.

First, despite a complicated production history, and reports that it would have to undergo some rewrites in the wake of the Japanese earthquakes, it seems like del Toro’s next film Pacific Rim is moving forward, and moving forward strong. He described the movie about giant monsters coming out of the Pacific Ocean and attacking humanity as being “huge”. The film will feature humans building robotic mech suits to fight off the monsters and del Toro says that, “This is my most un-modest film, this has everything. The scale is enormous and I’m just a big kid having fun.” Sounds like a good time to me, even if the monsters will end up having to attack North Korea instead of Japan.

Next up was a response to Mike Mignola’s recent comments on how a Hellboy 3 would never be made by Guillermo del Toro. The director made clear that he would actually like to continue the Hellboy franchise in theory, but in practice it just doesn’t seem like something that his busy schedule is going to allow. He said that, “by the time I get to it and by the time we got Ron [Perlman] back, he’ll be a HellMAN and in a wheelchair.” Seeing as Perlman wasn’t exactly a spring chicken when the series started, and being too busy to make a third film just means that del Toro has chosen to do other projects instead of it, I can’t imagine that these comments will do much to appease angry fans of the Hellboy franchise. But there you have them anyways. I guess it’s time for a reboot.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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