Guillermo del Toro’s giant monsters vs robots sci-fi epic, Pacific Rim, has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2013. While we still wait to see any actualy footage from the film, an exclusive new poster has been revealed at the New York Comic-Con this week, and you can see the rather impressive piece of art at the bottom of this post.
Not only that, but del Toro has revealed that he intends to release a graphic novel before the films release, and the intention is to have the graphic novel set up a a sort of prequel to the film. It is intended to give some back stories on the characters we will see in the film, and del Toro has said it is a must read for fans wanting to see the film. A press release has all the details, and after that we have a small snippet of del Toro’s recent interview with The LA Times’ Hero Complex where he spoke in more detail about the prequel.
Burbank, CA – October 11, 2012 – Film Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and comic creator Grant Morrison (Batman, X-Men) were on hand at Legendary Comics’ pre-New York Comic-Con media event to announce two all-new projects for the comics division of Legendary Entertainment. The announcements come on the heels of the launch of the first volume of The Tower Chronicles, Legendary’s first original IP release written by Matt Wagner and drawn by Simon Bisley.
With these two projects added to the slate, Legendary is poised for an impressive 2013 with projects also being released by Mark Waid, Max Brooks, and Shane Davis (Shadow Walk) and J. Michael Straczynski (The Majestic Files) as well as further releases from The Tower Chronicles.
Pacific Rim Graphic Novel
As fans continue to soak in all new details regarding Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures upcoming motion picture release Pacific Rim, del Toro used New York Comic-Con to announce the Pacific Rim graphic novel. A must-read for anyone who wants to see the movie, the graphic novel will serve as a prequel, providing important details on the characters and the lead up to the story arc of the movie. Written by the film’s writer Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), the graphic novel is written in three distinct parts – covering the in-world history from the first attack up to just before the movie,
Each part tells a complete episode of that history, dipping selectively in and out of character backstories and sometimes focusing on new characters who aren’t necessarily in the movie. The idea is to expand the universe and explore how this war has affected not only our heroes, but the world beyond the film. That said, Stacker Pentecost’s (Idris Elba) origin will figure into all three parts, tracking his journey to high-ranking commander.
Morrison brings to the pages a thrilling story starring wild-living screenwriter Ray Spass, who has one last chance to save his career as he struggles to write a new studio tent-pole movie, Annihilator.
The film centers around the incredible adventures of Max Nomax; a sci-fi rebel anti-hero who’s condemned to a haunted prison orbiting a supermassive black hole, following an epic struggle against the all-knowing, all–powerful artificial life form VADA and his squad of deadly Annihilators. Found guilty of the Greatest Crime in History, Nomax has vowed to clear his name by discovering a Cure for Death itself and resurrecting his lost love.
But with deadlines looming and a recently-diagnosed brain tumor, Spass is running out of time and inspiration – until the real Max Nomax mysteriously appears in the world of 21st century Los Angeles with no memory of how he got there, only a terrifying warning of imminent destruction and a mission for Ray Spass.
Ray’s tumor is the key—it contains all the information of Nomax’s adventures, uploaded into Ray’s head before Nomax made his great escape. Now, Ray has to finish his screenplay in order to get the information out of his head and shrink the tumor. Nomax needs Ray to finish the screenplay so he can remember how to defeat VADA and ultimately save the universe from extinction – if Makro, the unstoppable rogue Annihilator, doesn’t kill get to them first, that is.
But who or what is Max Nomax really? And why is it the more we learn, the less we want to know? A heart-stopping suspense thriller. A love story. An impossible mystery. A tale of vengeance and defiance – bargains and consequences – life and death – good and evil.
In the interview with the L.A Times, del Toro said the following on his decision to release the prequel as a graphic novel:
“I think those experiments … well, in my experience as a collector, it’s rare that you find a movie adaptation in which anyone really succeeded. They end up being really badly done commercial ventures where you have a not-so-great artist and a not-so-great writer and a not-so-great adaptation at the end of the day.
The idea was to set up the creation of the world that is in “Pacific Rim,” sort of give the stories and the drama and the science that occurs after the first kaiju makes land in 2013, and what happens when that occurrence is repeated over and over again until we realize that it’s not a single occurrence or a series of occurrences, but a full-on invasion. And that we are going to need to [create] a weapon to deal with a creature that is that big and is not going in a straight line or a diagonal — hitting a target that is a living organism of a scale that has never been seen on Earth. We need to create an equally inventive way to grapple with the creature before it gets more inland. The ingenuity of the creation of Jaegers — the gigantic machines — that are pilot-controlled; the reaction of the kaiju attack; the creation of the academy; the first generation of Jaeger pilots that come out … all of that is set up in the movie, but is not expanded upon. The graphic novel will do that and more”
He then went on to explain his involvement in the creation of the graphic novel:
“I try to get involved as much as possible. The first decision that is needed from me is to hire the right artist, the right colorist, the right writer for the books. That’s the part that I think is most important. It’s like directing in the comics…. In “Pacific Rim,” I expect to approve the layout, the pencils, the inking, the coloring, the cover, the script … everything”
And finally, when asked if he felt there was option to further expand on the graphic novels and continue with them, he responded with:
“I think so 100%. It’s worth it from the creative point of view. We are not doing just a spinoff, it’s not an ancillary market decision to go to the comic. I created one that allows us to set up and expand and explore things that are spoken of in the movies, but this is another kind of creative important endeavor. One of the things that we did in the movie that I intend to continue/create in the comic book was to convey that this is a real world with real mechanics and real people fixing valves and machines. It’s a livelihood. And hopefully in the comic we can give the fans that set world that’s not changing from panel to panel or from page to page or from issue to issue that you really feel the day-to-day minutiae of what it means to be a mechanic or a pilot or a commanding officer in this world. That would be my most cherished hope”
Pacific Rim arrives in UK cinemas 12th July 2013.