Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was one of last summer’s most original and entertaining sci-fi flicks. However, the acclaimed director received a lot of behind-the-scenes assistance from several extremely talented individuals to bring his story to life.
To bring this exciting tale of humanity’s struggled against a vicious legion of monsters to the big screen, the filmmaker enlisted the help of the folks over at Industrial Light and Magic. The company recently released a featurette that explores the complicated process behind the movie’s epic fight sequences.
Although Pacific Rim contains some pretty epic digital effects work, the film failed to get a nod from the Academy Awards committee for Best Visual Effects. However, director Gore Verbinski’s decidedly lackluster western The Lone Ranger managed to receive a nomination.
Despite getting snubbed, Industrial Light and Magic seemed very proud of their work on Pacific Rim. As you can see from the embedded video, the talented folks at the effects company definitely put in quite a few hours on the project. Have a look at the clip below.
Although the film got off to a rocky start at the box office, Pacific Rim went on to make $411 million worldwide. According to the numbers at Box Office Mojo, the majority of this cash came from moviegoers overseas.
Despite only making around $100 million from audiences in the United States, Guillermo del Toro said last year that Pacific Rim 2 is still moving forward. However, it’s still unclear when the proposed sequel will hit the big screen.
“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,” del Toro explained.
He added, “Legendary gave me the absolute go-ahead with writing the screenplay, so Travis Beacham and I are working on it. As far as giving it a green light, that’s the big step of the process. We need to put together a budget and then they’ll make that decision, but everybody is unwavering in their love for the movie.”
In the meantime, Guillermo del Toro is working on the haunted house flick Crimson Peak, a miniseries based on his Strain novels, and a small screen reboot of The Incredible Hulk. To say that the filmmaker has his plate full at the moment is a serious understatement.
Are you a fan of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim? What do you think about the film getting snubbed for Best Visual Effects?