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Del Toro Talks 'Pacific Rim,' No More Directing Gaps, 'Slaughterhouse' & 'Justice League'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 15, 2012 at 7:46AM

Guillermo del Toro is back in the director's chair with "Pacific Rim" after a four-year hiatus (his last was "Hellboy 2") in which he kept busy producing (films like "Rise of the Guardians") and developing (and almost directing) "The Hobbit."
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro is back in the director's chair with "Pacific Rim" after a four-year hiatus (his last was "Hellboy 2") in which he kept busy producing ("Rise of the Guardians") and developing (and almost directing) films like "The Hobbit."

Here are highlights from the filmmaker's recent chat with HuffPo, in which he recounts getting back in the director's chair and what (might) be next.

Check out our Comic-Con coverage of "Pacific Rim" - the footage was impressive and Del Toro's swearing, as always, abundant. The film lands July 12, 2013.

On being attached to direct projects: "A lot of the attachments that are announced are not real. A lot of them are -- I'm not denying it. But a lot of them happen."

On the four year directing hiatus: "I don't want to ever go another four more years without directing if I can help it. But, it may happen. I like very much taking those movies serially -- and putting a year of pre-production and design and put all the love that is needed. And a thing like 'Pacific Rim' is a huge design."

On being back in the chair with "Pacific Rim": "…we were severely under budget -- we were able to allocate that budget into more of the effects. So it was very important for me to have that movie be a fiscal exercise on my craft as much as an artistic endeavor. I wanted to prove to myself that you don't get rusty -- that you can go right back to the bike and ride it."

On the Probability of doing "Justice League Dark": "…the problem is that a lot of people get a hold of things before they are a reality,..In this case, I hope it happens.

And the probability of "Slaughterhouse-Five": "…my idea was to get Charlie Kaufman to write it. And I spoke to Charlie Kaufman about it and we came up with an idea on how to approach it, which I thought was very, very interesting,..[the studio] didn't want to invest in that project if it was not going to be my next movie,..We were talking about how it was going to be very experimental. But, you know, if I had the money to pay for any of these movies, I would do it. I would do it in a second,..It may still happen,..But, if I don't control the material, I have no say. It's a property of Universal."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.