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PACIFIC RIM Director Guillermo del Toro Says There Won’t Be a “Director’s Cut”, Talks Alternate Endings

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 9:52 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


We record the Geek Legacy podcast every night, and we will definitely discuss Pacific Rim’s poor box office, what that means for a sequel, additional hour of footage, and everything in between.  The additional hour of footage mostly contained character building stuff, and people like me who loved the film, were looking forward to an extended “Director’s cut”.  Unfortunately, director Guillermo del Toro tells Bleeding Cool that the theatrical cut is his director’s cut, and that while there will be deleted scenes with commentary and an extensive making-of documentary, don’t expect a bevy of extras because the “DVD and Blu-ray market is shrinking so we can’t be as extravagant as we were with other discs in the past.”  It’s particularly a shame in Pacific Rim’s case because it looks like an absolutely fascinating production deserving of an ultimate home release.  However, del Toro did go on to say, “if you buy one of my movies, a toy, or a collectable from one of my movies, I try to give people a piece of merchandising or memorabilia that I would be happy to pay that price for.”  He’s Guillermo del Toro, and he approves of the DVD.

[Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen Pacific Rim]

Del Toro tells Bleeding Cool [via The Playlist] that he cut a line from the movie mentioning that the kaiju are silicon based, but that Newt’s (Charlie Day) explanation of drifting with the kaiju’s hive mentality could have ramifications if a sequel gets the greenlight:

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.

pacific-rim-rinko-kikuchiThe director’s openness about his movies also extended to the ending of Pacific Rim, and how there were three different cuts for the grace note between Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako (Rinko Kikuchi).  Speaking to Badass Digest, del Toro explains:

“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.”

Finally, if you enjoyed the opening credits and closing credits to the movie, you can check them out below [via CBM]

Make sure to check out Jess’ review of Pacific Rim.

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