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