PACIFIC RIM - Guillermo del Toro Discusses Giant Robot Technology
I'm excited for you all to get your first look at Guillermo del Toro's giant robots in action in his epic sci-fi monster film Pacific Rim. I loved what I saw at Comic-Con earlier this year and I can't wait to see more! In a recent interview the fan-favorite filmmaker talks about the origins of the giant robot called Jaegers, and how they are based on existing technology.
The Jaegers were based on existing Robotic / DARPA Jet-fighter neural links. The very first engines used to create the 'muscle strands' on the Jaeger limbs were Husqvarna engines and the first assembly line was an amalgam between Germany and US. Those were the MARK I.
It's so cool to hear that these mech vehicles are based on technology that actually exists. He mentions Husqvarna, which is a Swedish engines producer, and DARPA, which is a US military research agency. The movie will open in the U.S. on July 12th, 2013. I'm not sure when we will see the first trailer, but it will either premiere with The Hobbit or early next year.
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.