Guillermo Del Toro Says No 'Pacific Rim' Director's Cut On DVD, But Reveals He Shot 3 Different Endings

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 15, 2013 9:00 AM
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It's Monday morning, and the victor between "Pacific Rim" and "Grown Ups 2" has been determined....and it's "Despicable Me 2." Yes, in the great showdown that was set to take place this weekend between Guillermo Del Toro's monsters and Adam Sandler's farts, it was the minions who wound up winning. That being said, a third place finish likely wasn't what Warner Bros. was hoping for with their $190 million movie (though it did brisk business overseas) and it'll interesting to see if this turns into the franchise everyone involved was hoping for or not. The next couple of weeks will determine that, but until then, Del Toro has teased what might appear in part two, and brace yourself for some technical nerd talk.

"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," he told Bleeding Cool. "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."

We're not sure how any of this even remotely constitutes a spoiler or being close to a spoiler -- all the drifting stuff in "Pacific Rim" didn't make much sense -- or how the silicon factor plays in, but perhaps it will make much more sense if/when he reveals where the sequel would have gone. And while Del Toro has admitted that his friend and filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu helped him cut ten minutes out of the movie, don't expect a longer version on the eventual DVD.

"This is my director’s cut. There will not be an extended cut right now, we’re not planning on it, but there will be deleted scenes and they were deleted for a reason," he said, adding that he'll be recording the commentary soon but that this DVD extras as a whole might be leaner, 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."

But will some of that content include the alternate closing scenes to the movie that he shot? As Del Toro tells Badass Digest, he filmed three different scenarios for the concluding moments with Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi. "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," he explained. "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."

So why did he hold off on the smooch? "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 want to relive the movie -- or at least how you felt when you got there and when you left -- the opening and closing credit titles have dropped online (via Comic Book Movie) so watch below.

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4 Comments

  • Kari Atkinson | August 27, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    Pacific Rim is a great movie!! I can not wait to watch it again. I am not a big aliens vs robots fan but for some reason when I saw the preview I had to watch this movie and feel in LOVE! I am hoping for a sequel if not a prequel to this story. Loved that it was a "clean" movie. No sex, no drugs, no major blood/guts and gore. Graphics were phenomenal.

  • Lady Kaede | July 15, 2013 2:49 PMReply

    His lower budget Gothic romance ghost story 'Crimson Peak' comes out in 2015. If global box hits $360M a sequel is indeed a possibility, and that number's still doable (it doesn't open in China or Japan until August).

  • Alan B | July 15, 2013 10:27 AMReply

    Franchise? Are you kidding? How many would-be blockbusters attempt to kickstart franchises and how many actually end up with a sequel? 2012: 'The Amazing Spider-Man', 'The Avengers', 'The Hunger Games', 'Prometheus' (a big maybe), 'Snow White and the Huntsman' (another maybe), '21 Jump Street', 'The Woman in Black'. 2011: 'Thor', 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', 'X-Men: First Class', 'Captain America', 'Rio', 'The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo' (maybe), 'Muppets', 'Tintin' (maybe). So there's around six new franchises created each year (and some of those films had strong connections to previous films like the Marvel films and reboots). If that's the case, I doubt that 'Pacific Rim' will do enough business to justify a sequel, especially when the "brisk business overseas" amounts to a WHOPPING $50 million. I think the film might have better legs than other films like this considering that it appears to be one of the lighter blockbusters released this season, but - boy - that's far from the profit margin needed for Legendary to justify a sequel. And why would anyone want a sequel, anyway? Del Toro has done the fighting robot film already, doesn't anyone else want to see him make a lower budget, 'Pan's Labyrinth'-style personal story?

  • Vigneshwar | July 16, 2013 8:33 AM

    Pacific Rim is the best summer blockbuster in a long time. Yes, the characters were underdeveloped and some of the dialogue delivery was strained but hey if your looking for fleshed out characters and soapy dialogue go watch a Merchant Ivory movie. The movie will make its money and there will be a sequel.

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