Guillermo del Toro is one the busiest guys in Hollywood, and recently at a panel for the second season of his TV show The Strain, he touched on a few of his many in-gestation movie projects.
First up, Pacific Rim 2. In a recent interview, del Toro said the scientists played by Charlie Day and Burn Gorman in the first film would be two of the “main” characters in the sequels. So, where does that leave the star of the first movie, Charlie Hunnam? Some fans speculated he may not be in the movie, or in a much reduced role, but del Toro says that’s not the case.
“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.”
Here’s hoping Rinko Kikuchi also has a great part. Oh, and based on these comments, I guess we’re not getting a ghost and/or undead Idris Elba. Damn.
On the subject of Hellboy 3, del Toro explained the real reason the movie may never come together – the death of the DVD market.
“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.”
Of course, we now have Netflix and the like, but, according to del Toro, studios aren’t able to track streaming services closely enough, and thus aren’t able to factor them in to future decisions. These days, a big movie pretty much has to make its money back at the box office.
Finally, del Toro got into why he always has so many things on his plate…
“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.”
I hear ya, buddy. I live a life of realities, too.