If you happen to be a fan of giant monster movies, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, a modern take on the genre in which giant mechs (and those who pilot them) wage war against giant oceanic demons, in order to protect what’s left of humanity after the apocalypse.
To say fans were excited after seeing the first trailer
would be an understatement, The effects look fantastic and one of the robots (dubbed Jaegers in the film) punches an aquatic Cthulhu in the face (what more could you want?). Gamers became particularly excited when they noticed the Jaegers AI sounded an awful lot like Ellen McLain’s portrayal of GLaDOS from Valve’s Portal
series, which wasn’t a coincidence, as it was later confirmed that it was indeed McLain reprising her role as GLaDOS…. well in a sense.
During a recent interview with the Toronto Sun
, del Toro admitted to being a big fan of Valve’s work in the gaming landscape (Portal
in particular) and he knew GLaDOS’ voice would be perfect for the AI he had envisioned for the Jaegers. So he contacted Valve directly for permission to use GLaDOS’ voice in the film and the studio happily agreed.
However, it should be noted that while the Jaeger AI will sound similar to GLaDOS, it won’t share her characteristics (love of cake and..genocide), nor her exact voice, as a different filter was used to record the voice over for the final film but the AI will still have a unique voice that's distinctly GLaDOS.
In the same interview he was asked about his canceled video game project inSANE. Del Toro says the game is still being worked on despite previous publisher THQ canning it and that a new “major” publisher is interested in picking it up.
“We are in talks with a very, very big company. I can’t say who, but it’s one of the big ones. They really responded to the game, they responded to what we were trying."
I’m all kinds of excited for Pacific Rim and GLaDOS’ cameo (of sorts) is just nice bonus added to an already exciting package. As far inSANE goes, I’m certainly glad that might get made and I’m interested in it and all, but I’m going to hold back my excitement until I see some actual gameplay or cinematic footage, or anything really.