For those eagerly awaiting the release of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, scheduled to hit theaters next July, you might not have to wait quite that long–not for the film, but for a better idea of the world in which it takes place: Legendary Comics has announced that they’ll be releasing a three-part prequel graphic novel that will likely come out before the film itself.
The comic will follow Idris Elba‘s character Stacker Pentecost as he rises to the rank of Commander following the initial alien attack on planet Earth, which necessitates the creation of giant human-piloted robots, called Jaegers.
Explains del Toro:
“The idea was to set up the creation of the world that is in Pacific Rim, sort of give the stories and the drama and the science that occurs after the first kaiju (monster) makes land in 2013, and what happens when that occurrence is repeated over and over again until we realise it’s a full-on invasion… The ingenuity of the creation of Jaegers — the gigantic machines — that are pilot-controlled; the reaction of the kaiju attack; the creation of the academy; the first generation of Jaeger pilots that come out… all of that is set up in the movie, but is not expanded upon. The graphic novel will do that and more.”
There’s no release date yet—the existence of the comic was just announced at NYCC this weekend, so who knows how far along it is in the development stage—but I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled. Between these tantalizing background hints and this awesome propaganda poster, Pacific Rim might just have become my most highly anticipated movie of 2013. (Sorry, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But The Hobbit: There and Back Again already has that crown for 2012. Don’t be greedy.)
(via: Coventry Telegraph)