Del Toro, Cooper on hand to talk 'Pacific Rim,' 'Paradise'
For a company whose “Pacific Rim,” “The Seventh Son,” “Paradise Lost” and Mass Effect,” have yet to start shooting, Legendary Pictures packed the stage of its first Comic-Con presentation with enough star wattage to fill more than 2,000 seats, and have hundreds more waiting in line eager to get inside.Guillermo del Toro, who is helming “Pacific Rim,” brought out castmembers Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day, and scribe Travis Beacham to discuss the actioner, which he describes as “giant fucking monsters against giant fucking robots.” “There are pieces of the cast who can’t be here, mostly because they don’t fucking fit. That’s the monsters and the robots.” Del Toro said, adding that he pledges to produce “the greatest fucking robots ever committed to the screen” for the pic, whose shiny metal lettering was revealed in the official title being used for the film. Del Toro took on the project after Universal pulled the plug on “At the Mountains of Madness.” “Something tragic happened, which was that ‘Mountains of Madness’ went away,” Del Toro said. “But then something beautiful happened two days later” with Legendary offering Del Toro “Pacific Rim.” What interested him was the chance to tell a story about how the world would change if a 25-story thing came out of the ocean and started destroying things. “It posits a very delicate human scale problem and conflict against the gigantic scope, scale situation,” Del Toro said. For “Seventh Son,” Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes and Alicia Vikander, along with director Sergi Bodrov introduced concept art for the adaptation of the young adult novel about a young boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700’s, who must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches, and bind boggarts. Trouble begins when he’s tricked into releasing the most evil witch in the world, played by Julianne Moore. Both Bridges and Barnes said they wanted to sign up for the pic after seeing Bodrov’s “Mongol.” To answer a question on working with CG, especially in “Tron: Legacy,” Bridges said: “It rubbed against my acting fur.” For “Paradise Lost,” director Alex Proyas and Bradley Cooper revealed the thriller will rely heavily on Archangel Michael, the war of the angels, Adam and Eve and Lucifer’s fall from grace. Cooper will play Lucificer in the film that Proyas wants to depict in a new visual way than previous looks at hell and the devil. As for a third “Hangover,” Cooper quipped, “To make two movies was incredible.” To discuss turning the hit videogame franchise “Mass Effect” into a film, Legendary’s Jon Jashni admitted that other game-to-movies have not gone well. But he sees the mythology and characters in “Mass Effect” as having the chance to transcend other disappointments. Game’s creator Casey Hudson and screenwriter Mark Protosevich, who said, “You can get seduced by the idea of the game being a good idea for a movie, because of the visual strength of the video game…. In the early days there was an attraction to the idea of, let’s try to recreate this experience, instead of pausing and asking yourself, ‘Is this a good story?’ I think most games would fail that litmus test. This one does not.”