Writer/Director/Producer/All-Around-Geek Guillermo del Toro confessed he and Pacific Rim collaborators Travis Beacham and Zak Penn have been brainstorming on the film's sequel for almost a year and a half now, and are assuring fans they will be making a bigger and 'very different' film from the first.
Del Toro is easily one of the busiest talents in the business. With his upcoming vampire/virus horror series The Strain premiering on FX on July 13th, his current feature-film production Crimson Peak, as well as producing a myriad of other fantasy, horror, and animated projects. Del Toro has his hands in a lot of cookie jars but things are looking very good (just under three years kind of good) for Pacific Rim 2.
We have heard time and again from del Toro about possible projects that have either been delayed or put aside all together. From video games to “dream” film projects, he is one busy visionary who unfortunately can’t get everything done fast enough. However, Universal – teamed with Legendary Pictures – recently stated that Pacific Rim 2 will hit theaters on April 7th, 2017. Del Toro sat down to talk about the sequel (and many of his other ventures):
“I said to Zak, let’s keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak…It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie. Namely, for example The Drift, which was an interesting concept. [Then there was] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.” – Via
Del Toro also posted a video announcing that an animated series, set in the same world, will arrive on the small screen before the feature-length sequel is released in 2017. Though again, not much in the way of firm details.
An animated series would probably bridge any gaps between the first and second film. Fans will have a lot of backstory and learn more mythology about the world and this could potentially allow del Toro a wider range in which to make Pacific Rim 2 ‘different’, as he says. He wouldn’t feel locked down in repetitive exposition because the animated series could easily address those factors while possibly introducing new ideas and themes that the live-action feature film could carry out on a much larger scale. Not to mention that del Toro wishes to make the two films stand on their own which could entail that he is switching many gears for this sequel.
So 2017 isn’t that far away. Films like At The Mountains Of Madness have been discussed on and off for years now, but every once in a while we do get a sequel from Maestro del Toro and things are looking up for Pacific Rim 2.
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