How the Japanese Disaster Affects Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

Bloody Disgusting reports that sources have told them Guillermo Del Toro’s next project Pacific Rim will need to undergo rewrites. The movie is about giant monsters that come out of the Pacific and start attacking cities. Sounds kind of like Godzilla, but it’s not. With the recent devastation caused by the Japanese earthquake, you can see why this might cause quite a stir. Del Toro has apparently been told to rewrite any of the scenes where attacks take place in Japan so that they take place elsewhere. You know, because that’s acceptable. Scenes of cities getting destroyed and people dying are perfectly okay to have in a movie, unless the real thing just happened a couple days ago. What’s the grace period on when we can film Japan blowing up again? A year? Two?

Not that I’m saying I don’t like movies with violence. I do. And I can understand that people don’t want to see Japan getting destroyed on screen when they just watched it happen in their living rooms for real. I just think it’s kind of strange how moving the fictional attacks in Pacific Rim is going to make devastation and body counts somehow acceptable. Psychologically, we’re a weird bunch.

Also, studio execs have managed to notice that Pacific Rim sounds like Godzilla as well. Subsequently, they have been pressuring Del Toro to just turn it into a new Godzilla movie. So far he has refused. From looking at his past films, I would imagine that creating original creature designs is one of the things Del Toro likes most about making movies, so I can understand why he wouldn’t want to just make everything look like Godzilla. But then again, he did do Hellboy. Could this be the beginning of a series of disagreements between Del Toro and the studio? And after having to drop out of The Hobbit and being told At the Mountains of Madness is a no-go, how many more frustrations can this man’s career withstand? At this rate, are we ever going to get another Guillermo Del Toro movie? Hopefully things work out okay, and Pacific Rim gets to keep existing as a film where an original monster comes out of the Pacific and attacks those horrible people in North Korea. If the kids from Red Dawn leave any of them standing, that is.

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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