Exclusive: Screenwriters Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton Talk Guillermo del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'


Filmmakers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (pictured from right to left) have worked on plenty of horror films in just the last eight years, from the Feast movies to the Saw movies to My Bloody Valentine 3D and Piranha 3D.  But none of those films were as big as Pacific Rim. Literally. For director Guillermo del Toro's long-awaited monster mash promises to delight horror fans young and old with the largest assortment of giant creatures since Jurassic Park last went haywire. I recently spoke with Dunstan and Melton about their work as script doctors on Travis Beacham's Pacific Rim screenplay. Find out what they had to say about the film after the jump.

"Pacific Rim is Guillermo del Toro's new movie," said Patrick Melton of working on the film, "which is coming out in 2013. It is going to kick major ass. It's giant monsters versus giant robots, and Guillermo del Toro is the only person who could bring it to you. That was an amazing experience, because we read the script, and so we went in knowing what the producers and studio wanted us to do; and we went in and met Guillermo, and he started showing us the tests by ILM. They were just mind-blowing. I think they'll probably show something at Comic-Con 2012. Because they should be done by then, or close to done by then. I'm telling you, it's gonna rule Hall H when Guillermo, the king of geeks, comes out and shows some of the stuff he's shot. People are gonna be blow away."

"We've been denied a Guillermo del Toro movie for a few years now," added Marcus Dunstan, "and we had the feeling in sharing some time with him that there's been a well, that became a dam, that became a crushing force waiting to burst and give everything to Pacific Rim. I think he's the Santa Claus of fantasy, and he's going to gift everyone with an experience. Bring dad, bring the kids, bring everybody, and hold on."

"This is a PG movie," said Melton. "Most of his stuff is pretty edgy, for the most part. Nothing below PG-13 that I can think of. So this is his sort of four-quadrant movie. But it's got all the traits of a Guillermo movie, with the monsters and the younger characters and the things that go bump in the night… It's pretty great."