Doug Jones is one of those actors everyone have seen in big-budget hit movies, but no one has any idea what he looks like. That’s because Jones specializes in full-body creature costumes and motion-capture work. If anyone can be said to rival the great Andy Serkis at portraying animated characters, it’s Jones.
Jones has played everything from the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer to Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies to the horned faun in Pan’s Labyrinth. He often features in movies for director Guillermo del Toro, and that is once again the case with The Shape of Water.
Since it’s a del Toro-Jones collaboration, you don’t even need to be told the flick will be weird; but Jones told Collider what it’s about:
It’s not a sci-fi [film], it’s not a genre film, but I am a creature in it. I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent. I’m being tested for how can they use me for advantages in military or space travel, or my technology—can we make this usable for humans? So they’re trying to keep me a secret from the Russians.
Director Guillermo del Toro has announced that his 2013 giant robots vs. giant monsters movie, Pacific Rim, will get a sequel in 2017 — and fans will get an animated series and an ongoing comic book series to tide us over until then.
The film will be released on April 7, 2017, and again will be directed by del Toro, who will co-write with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand). Original co-scripter Travis Beacham will be involved as much as his TV commitments (including Fox’s HIEROGLYPH) will allow. No deals have been inked with cast members, but Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman are expected to return.
You might have seen this weird little video during last week’s installment of THE WALKING DEAD or glimpsed it online and wondered what it was all about: scurrying rats and the tagline “He Is Here”?
Turns out it’s just first phase in the viral marketing campaign for director Guillermo Del Toro’s (Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth) upcoming vampire TV series, THE STRAIN. Based on a trilogy of novels Del Toro penned with writer Chuck Hogan, the 13-episode series will air on FX — home of AMERICAN HORROR STORY — and be guided by Carlton Cuse (LOST).
The series aims to take a grim-and-gritty look a vampirism as seen through the eyes of a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control who investigates a gruesome mass murder on an airliner. Stars include John Hurt (DOCTOR WHO), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings), David Bradley (BROADCHURCH), Kevin Durand, Mia Maestro, Corey Stoll, Doug Jones (Hellboy) and Jonathan Hyde.
The Strain does not yet have an official premiere date, but it will be sometime in 2014.
I love those behind-the-scenes featurettes on DVD and Blu-ray — few things are more fun than seeing a bunch of actors scrambling around in front of green screens — so I am excited to get a peek at how the wizards behind Pacific Rim managed to bring those giant robots and monsters to life for director Guillermo Del Toro‘s love letter to kaiju movies.
If you need just one more reason to attend tonight’s advance screenings of Pacific Rim — which technically opens tomorrow, July 12 — how about this sweetener: Fans who attend an IMAX screening at designated theaters can get this frankly awesome-looking free poster print!
Director Guillermo Del Toro has commissioned Los Angeles artist Sergio Grisanti to create a poster of the Jaeger Gipsy Danger battling the kaiju Leatherback, and it will only be available as a giveaway tonight.
Pacific Rim is due in U.S. theaters this Friday (with sneak peeks beginning Thursday night), and producers Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are a bit concerned about recent tracking, which showed little awareness/anticipation for Guillermo Del Toro’s giant robots vs. giant monsters film among the general public. (The geek vote is securely locked up; Guillermo had us at kaiju.)
To remedy that situation, producers have released a number of informational videos (between 1 and 4 minutes in length) to explain the Pacific Rim universe. I have gathered them here as a public service — in case my own breathless enthusiasm for the picture has been unclear.
First up, Idris Elba, as Gen. Stacker Pentecost, explains what’s at stake in mankind’s war against the kaiju.
Here’s yet another great trailer teasing Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim — sure to be the Citizen Kane of giant robot movies.