Del Toro On “Pacific Rim” Cartoon, “Madness”

Guillermo del Toro continues his promotional campaign for the new FX series “The Strain” and during his rounds he discussed a bit more about the recently announced “Pacific Rim” animated series as well as his long in development dream project – “At the Mountains of Madness”.

In regards to the ‘Pacific’ cartoon, don’t expect this to be a standalone episodic piece – rather it is a heavily serialised single story serving as a bridge between the first and upcoming second films. Characters from the first movie will cameo, but mostly it focuses on a new set of characters.

There’s also new kaijus and mostly new jaegers. He says the aim is to explore some things the films often don’t have time for, telling Collider:

“I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors-the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in thirteen episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim”

Moving over to the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation “At the Mountains of Madness,” del Toro says he’s considering the idea of shooting two cuts that could be released simultaneously:

“So what I would like to do is shoot it, as dark as it is, in an unrated cut and a PG-13 cut. Ideally they would be released simultaneously if that’s at all possible. We could release one [cut] in a certain format and the other in a different format with the hopes that we can offer more intense moments in one cut and equally intense moments but without graphic content in the other cut.

Lovecraft was famous for suggestion, and a lot of the piece can suggest, but there are [certain moments] you need to show. Part of it is budget, part of it is rating. The one thing I’ll say is that at this stage for me, Mountains is not made. So I’d rather make it in a way that doesn’t compromise the content, or not do it.

In the last few years, what has changed is that I’ve seen PG-13 films that are very intense… It is possible to go to places that are intense but still have a strong appeal for a rating. That, I think, is the main thing that changed.”