We’re only a few months away from Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim hitting our cinema screens and production has begun on Gareth Edward’s reboot of the Godzilla franchise. With all the monster madness coming from Legendary Pictures, CEO Thomas Tull took some time to speak to Collider about the upcoming kaiju flicks.
Tull says that he’s seen Pacific Rim – and he is very excited about it: “Euphoria, honestly, just because… look, its gets thrown around way too much in our business that ‘you’ve never seen this before. This is something completely different.’ And that’s the other side of things, audiences are constantly online and so forth talking about how Hollywood just recycles things and there’s truth to that, but audiences keep rewarding those things by going to them. So I think what I’m excited about is this is something different on a size and scale you haven’t seen before, and Guillermo del Toro is truly a genius. I’m in love with the movie and I cannot wait until people get a chance to see it.”
Recently del Toro spoke about the possibility of Pacific Rim crossing over with Godzilla for a giant monster rumble. Tull shared del Toro’s thoughts that it most likely won’t happen, “The movies are very different tonally. Pacific Rim is a big, giant world that was created, and when somebody sits down with me and says, ‘Look, we’re going to get to work with Guillermo and it’s giant robots versus giant monsters.’ We’re in, we’re doing that. So that’s a movie where you obviously sit back and take all that in and enjoy the ride.”
On the subject of Godzilla, Tull once again confirms that they are aiming for the dark tones of the original as opposed to the campy nature of the 60s and 70s sequels, “it was very important for us to take it back to its original DNA in the first Japanese film, so just tonally it’s a much different movie. And with Godzilla, those of us who grew up with Godzilla, you kind of bring whatever pre-disposition you have to the movie and the experience. For us, all I can tell you is that we’re making the Godzilla movie that we want to see.”
Pacific Rim is released on July 12th 2013 and Godzilla is set for release in 2014. Both will be in 3D.