Guillermo del Toro Teases 'Pacific Rim''s Alternate Endings and Sequel Plans, Plus Watch the Title Sequences

Guillermo del Toro Teases 'Pacific Rim''s Alternate Endings and Sequel Plans, Plus Watch the Title Sequences

Jul 15, 2013

Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited monsters-vs.-mechs flick Pacific Rim made its debut this weekend, and while the box office numbers weren’t as big as hoped (it came in third for the weekend, losing out to Grown Ups 2. Remember this moment, America, you just pretty much gave the green light  to not only a Grown Ups 3, but a bunch of other Adam Sandler movies), many of us fanboys were still happy with the finished product.

We’ll have to wait and see how the film does over the course of the next few weeks to learn if Warner Bros. will move ahead with a sequel, but GdT already has a story in mind based around a few things he cut from the first film. Read on for del Toro’s explanation, but be warned that you might consider it a bit of a SPOILER if you’re fanatical about that sort of thing.

“There was a line that I deleted from the movie that will come back if I do a second movie. Newt explained that the Kaiju are not carbon-based organisms like humans, they are silicon based. The only part I left of his explanation is that they have a hive mentality, meaning that if you 'drift' with a Kaiju brain, you are drifting with every Kaiju alive. Depending on the duration of the drift the information might be complete or incomplete, but the Kaiju know everything the human drifts with them knows. That’s as much as I can tell you without spoiling the sequel. Well, that’s providing there is a sequel – if there isn’t one, I promise, I’ll spill the beans."

The director also added that while he chopped roughly 10 minutes out of the film before releasing it, he has no plans to release an extended cut on DVD and Blu-ray. He does promise that the disc will have commentary and deleted scenes, but adds that the deleted scenes were cut for good reason.

Perhaps even more interesting is the revelation that del Toro shot multiple versions of the ending. Again, there are some SPOILERS here, so stop now if you don’t want to know anything about the film.

When I was working on the movie we had three or four different versions of the relationship between Charlie and Rinko because I wanted to see if I could make a story about two people liking each other without having to end in a kiss. So when I shot the ending we shot three versions. I’ve never done this before, but instinctively I thought we should do three versions. We did one version where they kiss and it almost felt weird. They’re good friends, they’re pals, good colleagues.

"But the thing that stayed in the movie is the hint that there may be a love story one day, but it’s not there yet," he teased. Maybe in the sequel perhaps... if it gets made.”

Finally, if you haven’t seen the film yet (or just want to experience part of it again), the opening and closing titles to the film are now online. You can check them out below – and if you do go see the film, make sure you stay until the credits end.

[via Indiewire, Bleeding Cool, Badass Digest, and Coming Soon]


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