“And now we get a live action Gundam movie..”: Guillermo del Toro’s Reaction After Watching the Life Sized Gundam Statue Will Make You Hopeful For Another Masterpiece From the God of Cinema

Fans believe Guillermo del Toro is the right person with the passion to create a flawless live-action Gundam film

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SUMMARY

  • Guillermo del Toro was awestruck when he saw a life-sized Gundam statue in Japan during the promotion of Pacific Rim.
  • The video resurfaced on the internet and fans believe that Del Toro is the perfect fit to bring a Gundam film to the screen.
  • Del Toro has already laid foundations for such a film with his 2013 film Pacific Rim, which introduced the live-action mechas.
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Guillermo Del Toro loves giant robot action films and he even made a film based on the mechas, Pacific Rim. When Del Toro promoted his 2013 film in Japan, he came across a life-sized Gundam statue that left him in awe. As the old video resurfaces on the internet, fans call for a live-action Gundam movie directed by the Pan’s Labyrinth director. Some fans also wanted him to consider making another film in the Pacific Rim franchise.

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Guillermo Del Toro's old video prompts fans to demand a live-action movie based on the central character from Mobile Suit Gundam
Guillermo Del Toro’s old video prompts fans to demand a live-action movie based on the central character from Mobile Suit Gundam

Del Toro’s love for all the nerdy things is quite famous and his home is filled with collectibles and memorabilia. He has also revealed his love for video games and Japanese manga and anime. Seeing the Gundam statue, the true nerd in him just came out.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Love For Gundam Statue Leaves Fans Wanting A Film From The Director

Guillermo del Toro was awestruck by a life-sized Gundam statue in Japan (credits: Instagram/@gdtreal)
Guillermo del Toro was awestruck by a life-sized Gundam statue in Japan (credits: Instagram/@gdtreal)

During the promotion of Pacific Rim in 2013, Guillermo Del Toro took a trip to Tokyo. While visiting DiverCity Tokyo Plaza in Odaiba with two of the movie stars, Rinko Kikuchi and Mana Ashida, Del Toro witnessed one large life-sized Gundam model alongside several 1000 other models in DiverCity. The expression on the filmmaker’s face was priceless in this video of the tour.

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Gundam is the fictional giant robot that appears in the Japanese military sci-fi media franchise of the same name. Out of all the projects involving the mecha, the most prominent would be the TV series, Mobile Suit Gundam. Interestingly, fans on X who viewed the video once again want Del Toro to make a film based on the continuity of that series.

One fan shared that Gundam would make a great live-action film with Del Toro at its helm. Another comment shared a screenshot from the video of the Crimson Peak director looking at the giant mecha. While the support kept pouring in for Del Toro’s Gundam, some fans also wanted a sequel to Del Toro’s other mecha v. kaiju film.

Fans demanded a sequel to Del Toro’s 2013 film Pacific Rim, starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, and others. While the film already has an underwhelming sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising, it was not helmed by Del Toro. One fan was even ready to go on his knees to beg the director for a sequel film. Some of the fan reactions read:

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If Bandai Namco Filmworks allows, Guillermo Del Toro could even plan a big crossover involving his Pacific RimΒ and Mobile Suit Gundam. The director is currently focused on his Frankenstein film, in which Jacob Elordi will portray the titular monster.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim Shows How A Live-Action Gundam Film Could Be Made

Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim laid the foundation for a potential Gundam movie
Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim laid the foundation for a potential Gundam movie

In Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, a dimensional rift in the Pacific Ocean leads to the emergence of a kaiju that destroys major cities. To fight the creature, world governments developed a large mecha called Jaeger. The battle between the mecha and kaiju saw the special effects being put to their best use. However, the movie’s truly remarkable achievement is how its potential remains relevant even today.

The Jaegers in the film were exciting for fans of Gundam, who saw the potential of a live-action Gundam film. The film also proved how dramatic stories and emotional battles between the large monsters could be convincingly brought to the screen, just with a brilliant director at the helm. If fans pushed for it, a live-action Gundam film from Del Toro wouldn’t be a distant dream.

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Pacific Rim is now available for rent on AppleTV+, while Pacific Rim Uprising is now available for streaming on AppleTV+.

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