Guillermo del Toro Gives Updates on PACIFIC RIM 2, HAUNTED MANSION, HELLBOY 3

     August 7, 2015

guillermo-del-toro-pacific-rim-2Back in November I got the opportunity to catch up with Guillermo del Toro and he told me that two of the main characters in Pacific Rim 2 are Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman). Shortly after the Television Critics Association panel for The Strain, Haleigh was part of a group of journalists who got to talk to del Toro and ask for specifics regarding Day and Gorman’s roles in the film. Here’s what he told them when asked if they’re taking charge in the sequel instead of Charlie Hunnam‘s Raleigh Becket:

“No, no, no, Charlie Day has a great part but so does Charlie Hunnam. I think that everybody or most everybody that survived is back. The rest we killed. We killed half the cast.”

When the conversation shifted to the long-awaited Haunted Mansion, Del Toro broke down the challenges of getting a project off the ground:

“All you can do is develop the screenplays, send them in, get a reaction, get the budget, agree or disagree on budget and so forth. Every project goes through the same thing. People say why do you have five [movies in development]? I have five because one happens. Whenever I have dedicated myself to a single project for any length of time, I end up having three, four years where I don’t shoot. It’s happened twice already, so I live in a life of realities. I have to have these projects alive to hope and pray that one of them happen.”


Image via Universal Pictures

Fans of the Hellboy franchise certainly know a thing or two about hoping and praying for a film to take off. Del Toro has stated that he doesn’t think Hellboy 3 will ever happen before, but he still took the time to reiterate it:

“Same status. I think that the fans want it, we want it, but studios … it’s a big movie, bigger than the first one and the second one. The numbers on the Hellboys made a lot of sense because of video. Hellboy II exists not because a studio head said. ‘I’m a big fan.’ The first one made money, made much more money on the Blu-ray and DVD than it did theatrically. It made money. Now that market is done.”

You’d think that at this point digital streaming profits could make movies happen like the DVD market once did for Hellboy II, but according to del Toro, pinpointing those numbers is too tough:

“We live in an era where getting those exact numbers is still not that easy. I think that by the time you catch up with the numbers, the platforms have changed. The way you distribute movies is faster and faster evolving into something different.”


Image via Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures

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