To Fight Monsters, We Created Monsters In ôPACIFIC RIMö

The depths of the ocean have always held a fascination for people, but we have always assumed that its wondersùand its dangersùare of our own world.

We were wrong.

That intriguing premise gave rise to Warner Bros. Pictures & Legendary Pictures' new action adventure ôPacific Rim.ö As the film begins, a breach in the floor of the Pacific Ocean unleashes a cataclysmic threat to the human race. 

Director Guillermo del Toro, who also co-wrote and served as a producer on the film, relates, ôThrough that portal come creatures that are larger and more ferocious and brutal than anything we have ever seen: the Kaiju. In order to grapple with them, mankind pulls together all its resources and invents the largest, most dynamic and most versatile weapon ever devised. They create the Jaeger Programùtowering 25-story-high robots, each operated by two pilots whose minds are neurally linked together.ö 

He continues, ôIt was a project that encompassed every single thing on my wish list, visually, atmospherically and emotionallyàan unstoppable, thrilling adventure about monsters and robots, the likes of which weÆve never seen.ö 

Producer Thomas Tull offers, ôJust that description, ægiant monsters versus giant robots,Æ gives you a sense of the scope and scale, not to mention the action and fun. And there is also an element of mystery in that we donÆt know why the Kaiju are attacking. What do they want and how is humanity going to react? How can we possibly defend ourselves against them?ö 

The story originated with screenwriter Travis Beacham, who was on the actual Pacific Rimùon the coast of Californiaùwhen the central elements of the film began to take shape. He recounts, ôI remember walking along the beach in Santa Monica. It was a particularly foggy morning and there was something about the shape of the pier in the fog jutting out into the water... An image just kind of popped into my head of a behemoth, a monster, rising from the surf to meet this giant robot waiting on the shore to do battle. 

ôHowever,ö Beacham acknowledges, ôI knew that by itself was not a story. What really crystallized the plot for me was figuring out who is driving the robot, and finally determining it had to be two pilotsùtwo people whose minds would have to be intimately connected to control this massive thing. ThatÆs when the pieces started to fall into place in a very organic way.ö 

After collaborating with producers Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni as a screenwriter on ôClash of the Titans,ö Beacham told them about his original idea for a winner-take-all war that joins man and machine against aliens, who donÆt invade from beyond our galaxy, but rather ascend from the deep. 

ôI was hooked from the first moment Travis pitched it to us,ö Tull recalls. ôThe film is about humanity being up against something unexpected and utterly overwhelming, and how they have to come together to combat it. We also thought the notion that we could be invaded from within was a very cool concept.ö 
ôYou canÆt really run from it because they are coming from a place thatÆs inescapably on Earth,ö Beacham adds. ôPart of the allure of the ocean is that it hides its secrets so well. There are so many myths about sea monsters and giant serpents and all the other things people suppose are down there. I think there is something elementally terrifying about what can come out of this blackness.ö 

As del Toro began crafting the screenplay with Beacham, he became totally immersed in the world they were forming. He attests, ôThe more we developed the universe, the more I became personally invested in the story, the characters, the monsters, the robots, and everything it would take to make it all real. I couldnÆt wait.ö

ôWorking with Guillermo is incredible,ö Beacham remarks. ôHe bristles with ideas and can come up with the most brilliant strokes of insight at the drop of a hat. He also loves monster movies, so we were definitely playing in his sandbox,ö he laughs. ôHe came at the project with a genuine passion for the material, which I think was vital to the soul of the movie.ö 

Del ToroÆs enthusiasm was not only contagious to everyone involved in the film, but is also largely the reason he has become an unequivocal favorite among genre fans. In fact, he would be the first to count himself among those collectively known as ôfanboys.ö

Producer Mary Parent says, ôGuillermo has a special connection to that audience because he is that audience, and that makes a huge difference. He is just as excited about creating these amazing worlds as we are to see them. You know, going in, heÆs going to deliver a visceral, thrilling rollercoaster.ö 

Opening across the Philippines in July 11 in IMAX 3D, Digital 3D, 2D and regular theaters, ôPacific Rimö will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.