Many of us are looking forward to Guillermo del Toro’s epic science fiction film Pacific Rim, out July 12. But Austin’s Odd City Entertainment has taken a step that few fans of del Toro’s work have done — they’ve partnered with Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures to gather renowned artists from all over the world to produce official limited edition posters for the film. The first was announced yesterday, and it’s a stunner from Polish artist Gabz.
“This is actually the first time I had an opportunity to work on something this big,” Gabz says, “so I was both excited and slightly overwhelmed at the beginning. Until now, I had worked on movies with plenty of references to be found on the Internet. In this case, I was mainly limited to the first teaser trailer that came out (pretty mind blowing by the way). I focused on Gipsy Danger, but instead of putting him in some type of massive sea battle, which was quite tempting, I proposed something inspired by World War 2 propaganda posters; something where the giant robot symbolizes the last stand of humanity. To better show the scale of the threat, I added a glimpse of the giant Kaiju hidden in the skyline. I’m pleased with the outcome and particularly with my version of the poster title, clearly inspired by Japanese apocalyptic cinema posters.”
Odd City founder Roman Morales knew early on that Gabz would be a key part of the series. “From the moment we discussed this project, Gabz was a part of it,” he says. “He had already done a piece for us that we had yet to release and working with him was so easy. He had the ability to see the big picture, no pun intended. From just a single teaser, he was able to capture the spirit of a film that was already stirring all of our film geek sensibilities. I couldn’t see this series without him.”
You can see both versions of the poster below; to order your own copy of either limited edition print, go to Odd City’s website here.