One of Japan's largest newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun, is organizing Sugoi Japan, a program to promote Japanese popular media by compiling lists of the best examples. Following conversations with pop culture authority Kaichiro Morikawa, author Fuminori Nakamura, and feminist manga critic Yukari Fujimoto, they've posted an endorsement from director Guillermo del Toro, in which he mentions plans for an adaptation of the manga Monster.
His mercha versus kaiju specular Pacific Rim made it pretty obvious that Guillermo del Toro has an affection for Japanese pop culture. He also had thwarted plans to adapt Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo's Domu. And, he had development plans with HBO for Naoki Urasawa's Monster.With an adaptation of his vampire novels The Strain hitting FX this weekend, he did a Reddit Ask Me Anything q&a, and, of course, the subject of manga came up.
It looks like Guillermo del Toro's involvement with Japanese media inspired stories doesn't stop at mecha versus kaiju summer blockbuster Pacific Rim. According to Deadline, HBO and del Toro are teaming on developing a potential series based on Naoki Urasawa's medical/morality/crime/cold war psycho-thriller manga Monster. More after the jump.
Idris Elba - 'Stringer' Bell in The Wire, Captain Janek in Prometheus and Heimdall in Thor is geared up to play Stacker Pentecost in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. The big budget giant mecha versus kaiju invaders is scheduled in July 2013. Get a look at the first official shot of the feature after the jump.
What was known about Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim was the vague promise of a $200million summer 2013 mecha versus kaiju blockbuster from the monster loving director of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and Blade 2. Now, the specific story synopsis has been revealed. Learn more after the jump.
Director Guillermo del Toro's $200 million kaiju and mecha inspired project, titled Pacific Rim, has begun filming in Toronto for a planned summer 2013 release. Get a look at the Canadian city subbing for Tokyo after the jump.