Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was a life-saver for him. According to NBC Latino, the acclaimed Mexican director opened up about the struggle he had prior to receiving the green light for the sci-fi film (out on July 12), which focuses on mankind’s use of fantastic robots called Jaegers in a struggle to survive the flood deadly monsters known as Kaiju.
“For four years I had toiled for important projects that ultimately failed,” the 48-year-old del Toro said. “And when Mountains collapsed, I was so depressed, crying.”
The director had also been tapped to direct The Hobbit, which as well all know ultimately went to Academy Award-winning Peter Jackson.
Del Toro reportedly spent nine months co-writing and designing Pacific Rim and said that when the opportunity came to helm the project, he "wanted to die for this movie." This happened while the director of the beloved 2006 film Pan's Labyrinth was battling depression as a result of two past projects that dissolved.
"I wanted to put all my life into it [Pacific Rim]. And when I was told I had the complete support of the studio, that feeling of support and unique belief in me was amazing," he said. "It saved my life."