‘Pacific Rim’ Director Assures Audiences He’s Not A Michael Bay Copy Cat

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Lest we be confused about the robot connection between the highly-anticipated monster movie “Pacific Rim” and the billion-dollar “Transformers” franchise, “Rim” director Guillermo del Toro has made it clear that his movie has absolutely no connection to the “Robots in disguise.”

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter recently, Del Toro was asked about Michael Bay’s recent comments at a CinemaCon presentation to theater owners that there have been too many “rip-offs” of the “Transformers” movies and that audiences should know better. Now to be clear, Bay did not specifically mention the films he thought to be rip-offs, but Del Toro was happy to point out the clear and distinct differences between the much buzzed-about properties.

"We are far, far, far away from that in a very willing fashion," del Toro told THR. "For good or bad, this is my movie. This is my universe and my creation, and I do not create through comparison.”

The details about Del Toro’s “creation” have been mostly kept under wraps, but we do know that “Pacific Rim” revolves around a battle royale between the monstrous Kaijiu creatures and the man-made robot weapons called Jaegers, which were designed to defend against the Kaijiu.

"The fights don't occur in well-lit, supercool, car commercial-looking environments," del Toro said of the robot-vs.-monster battles in “Rim.” "They occur in the middle of a raging sea storm or in a savage snowstorm. They happen in a universe that is incredibly saturated."

Del Toro also mentioned the difference in the massive size of his ‘Bots - they are as tall as 25-story buildings - and joked that he’d put them up against any other cinematic machines that have come before them, saying that they would crush "robot in the history of mankind in a toe-to-toe showdown."

“Pacific Rim” opens everywhere July 12.

See the teaser trailer for 'Pacific Rim':