Guillermo Del Toro‘s Japanese inspired mega monster story Pacific Rim has been all the buzz for going on two years now. We fan boys keep hollering for more and all we keep getting back are these methodically leaked images which does nothing to quench my thirst, but only adds to the raging hard on I have for a @#&# trailer! So what does Guillermo do…he promises us a graphic novel that sets up the entire movie, sure it sounds like a good idea, but only if nothing from the new film is in it. His production team has done an impeccable job already of keeping us virtually in the dark about all the Pacific Rim goings on, I mean dig the only cool photo from the film below and you’ll see the big ass crease from the magazine it was taken from and this image has been seen by millions, can we say D.L. For real, color me impressed…this baby is vacuumed packed which tells me the studios are behind this one and are taken extra precautions with security not like some films I know *Robocop..cough*. It’s all good though…cause I can’t imagine Guillermo doing the graphic or the film half assed. This project has been like his baby for sometime, truthfully it’s probably one of the reasons he backed out of The Hobbit, well that and he knew no one could do Middle Earth better than Peter Jackson. Let’s get back to this graphic novel shall we? I’ll start by giving you the premise of Pacific Rim and then give you the premise of the graphic and then maybe you can tell me if it’s a good or bad idea.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Sound good so far? Now here’s the premise of the graphic and a whole lotta other shit, but you’ll get the idea: via About.com
Set 25 years or so before the movie, the story will involve the creation of the robot pilots’ crews and the technology they use, as well as the del Toro’s background biographies for movie’s key players. The book will come out on the Legendary Comics imprint. The street date was not announced, except that it will be available sometime between now and the film’s release date. Every aspect of the book has to undergo del Toro’s approval, he said, with the writers and artists working from the director’s own intricately detailed bible for the film–said to run a thousand pages.
“The idea was to set up the creation of the world that is in Pacific Rim,” del Toro explained, “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.”
Okay, remember when I asked you guys to give me your opinion as to whether this was a good or bad idea, I changed my mind and screw your opinion this sounds amazing and if you don’t agree we’ll handle this in the Thunder Dome (Two men enter, one man leaves). So what I’m waiting for now is word on the illustrator/writer whose gonna ink this baby or has Guillermo already placed himself in the role as the scribe? A lot of work for a man dealing with a picture of this size, but I feel that he may be up to the task. Whatever the outcome, this will be a collectors item if those trailers and pre screenings don’t bomb. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes!
Wanna know more about the Pacific Rim graphic novel along with a ton of other things? Checkout Collider.com’s coverage of the Pacific Rim panel at this years New York Comic Con. In the mean time I’m gonna watch some Kaju Big Battle videos!