Finally, it begins. For the first time in more than 4 years (HELLBOY 2), Guillermo Del Toro is behind the camera and in the director’s chair. (It may also seem like at least that long since our website has been updated!). GDT said himself on our message boards that he is “very excited and anxious to tackle this film.”
Here are the principle cast, as reported on IMDB:
Charlie Day (Always Sunny in Philadephia): Newt Gotlieb
Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy): Raleigh Antrobus
Idris Elba (The Wire): Stacker Pentecost
Max Martini (The Unit): Herc Hansen
…and some crew members of note:
Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth): Cinematographer
Mike Elizalde (Hellboy 2): Creature effects
TyRuben Ellingson (Blade 2): Concept designer
Elinore Rose Galbraith (Mimic): Art design
The shoot is scheduled to wrap in May 2012 at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
Also, in an interview with Wired.com, GDT mentions that Ron Perlman will have a role in PACIFIC RIM, but did not give details.
Now, as I had mentioned, it has been too long since we had an update on the website, so here are some “quick hit” items to get caught up on:
There is a great interview with GDT at Wired.com, where he talks about his new book with Chuck Hogan, THE NIGHT ETERNAL, among other things. Here are some of my favorite quotes that interview:
There’s a passage at the end of The Night Eternal where one of the characters, Mr. Q, says, “The language of God is biology.” Essentially he says that god sends the letter, but he doesn’t send the dictionary.
I agree with that idea. And that’s what we started with. For example, if I was writing Dracula right now, how would I deal with the arrogance of science? Because science is very, very arrogant. And I thought, “Well, the best way to deal with that is with an epidemic.”
Of particular note in the interview is this sentence: Chuck (Hogan) and I are working on a series of books that I can’t talk too much about. But we started on that about two weeks ago.
GDT also reports that a screenplay for the HULK pilot has been turned in to ABC, and a screenplay for HAUNTED MANSION has been turned in to Disney.