Pacific Rim is an upcoming Mexican science fiction film directed by Guillermo del Toro based on a screenplay by Travis Beacham. When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, start rising from the sea, a war begins that takes millions of lives and consumes humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon is devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers prove nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. The film is scheduled to be released in 3-D & IMAX 3D on July 12, 2013. Del Toro announced that a prequel to Pacific Rim is in the works in the form of a graphic novel. Written by the film’s screenwriter Beacham and released by Legendary Comics, the graphic novel will be set about 25 years before the movie, showing the creation of the robot pilots’ crews and the technology they use. The biographies del Toro put together for the characters in the movie will be a part of the graphic novel.