Following the sad news that his "At the Mountains of Madness" is dead, Guillermo del Toro is moving on with another project. Legendary Pictures has confirmed on March 9 that "Pacific Rim" is del Toro's next directed film.
"We started developing PAC RIM a while ago with the mad passion and enthusiasm of a project unwatched and unchecked by politics or comparisons," the filmmaker says in a statement. "We designed and shepherded the movie we want to make."
The sci-fi adventure movie has entered pre-production and is scheduled to begin principal photography in September. Produced by Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, the film is planned to be released in summer 2013.
"People got it confused with the 'Godzilla' movie a few months ago but we cleared that up. I can say the scope and imagination that have been outlined in it are absolutely appealing to me. I cannot say more, it's not the time," del Toro states about the film. Previous report, meanwhile, says that the story is set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth and the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace.
Additionally, del Toro will have a cameo in "Puss in Boots", Coming Soon has learned. He lands a role of the Commandante in this "Shrek" spin-off which is executive produced by him as well. This animation is due November 4 and has Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis among the voice cast.
del Toro parted ways with Universal Pictures on a movie adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's novel "At the Mountains of Madness" because the studio tried to get him to budge off the R rating and they could not agree on it. Prior to that, the filmmaker also gave up the director's seat of "The Hobbit" after the project was hit with several delays.