Pacific Rim News From WonderCon: Plus Alex Ross Covers The Graphic Novel Prequel

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pacific rimOur man at WonderCon, Mr. Worthan, was able to get into the Pacific Rim panel  where he sent back some of the highlights. Some footage was shown of a fight scene between the giant robot Jaegers and a Kaiju. The scene ended with a Jaeger grabbing a huge cargo ship and using it like a baseball bat against the massive Kaiju. Then Guillermo Del Toro and company talked a little about the film.

For the movie’s sets Del Toro wanted more physical pieces than CGI, trying to make things as real as possible. The rooms that serve as the Jaeger’s control centers would tilt and move as needed. They would make huge pieces of the Jaeger’s to use on set like feet and arms. They built several blocks of Hong Kong to destroy with the real robot arms and feet. The actors were strapped into the machine-like apparatus that controls the robots in the film. They never used motion capture for the robots either. Del Toro and company wanted the animators to fully figure out how they moved and reacted.  The robots are around 20 stories tall and there will be about 9 we actually see in action throughout the film. They reiterated that each country will have their own robot and they will have a style that suits their respective country.

A graphic novel called Pacific Rim: Tales From Zero Year will also come out this summer and serves as the film’s prequel. It will be written by the film’s writer Travis Beacham with Del Toro supervising. Interior art will be handled by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, and Peircles Junior with Steve Bird and Mark McKenna handling inks. The cover by Alex Ross was revealed at the Legendary Entertainment panel (via CBR). Pacific Rim hits theaters July 12, 2013!

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

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