Speak to most fans of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, and the fact it did exactly what it said on the tin, and gave us giant Kaiju vs giant robots, pleased everyone. However, there were some who felt the film could have done with more depth.
I thought the film was perfect as it was, and it didn’t need any more depth or character development. It had great big monsters fighting great big monsters, with Idris Elba cancelling the apocalypse. It was a fun ride, nothing more and nothing less, but there were those who wanted more from the film.
Del Toro himself said when Pacific Rim 2 was announced, that the sequel would have less monster fights and more serious talk and character development. This won’t be an issue for the sequel as del Toro made good on his promise with the first film, and now we are merely putty in his hands.
Star Charlie Hunnam also expressed a concern with the lack of depth in the first film, telling EW in a recent interview:
“I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim to marry those two elements, I do feel like ultimately it got weighed heavier on the side of spectacle than storytelling.”
You can’t argue that the film got bogged down with the spectacle, but that’s what the fans wanted. However, Hunnam was quick to point out that he was in no way complaining about Pacific Rim, he was simply pointing out something that could be improved upon in the sequel:
“I hope that we are able to remedy that a little bit going into the second. Not to say I wasn’t proud of the film. I really liked it, and I felt like it delivered exactly what it was supposed to. But I do feel like we could have maybe plumbed the depths of the character and the storytelling a little bit more.”
Well, based on what del Toro said last year, and also now thanks to the fact Pacific Rim is no longer considered a gamble, and is an established story, we will no doubt get the depth and character development people wanted with Pacific Rim 2.
Due to begin production in November, the working title for Pacific Rim 2 is ‘Maelstrom’, and while this has not been confirmed as the official title, it makes sense.
Wikipedia describe a Maelstrom as such:
…is a very powerful whirlpool; a large, swirling body of water. A free vortex, it has considerable downdraft. The power of tidal whirlpools tends to be exaggerated by laymen. There are few stories of large ships ever being sucked into a maelstrom, although smaller craft are in danger.
Considering the first film had an underwater gateway to another dimension, the title Maelstrom certainly ties in to the franchise. For now though, this is just a working title, so we will have to wait for something official before getting into what could happen in the sequel.
Pacific Rim 2 will be released on 4th August 2017, right in the middle of the summer blockbuster season.
Last year del Toro revealed that the sequel will be more character driven, and will be quite different to the first film:
“Yes. It’s quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really – I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn’s] in Crimson Peak for that reason, because I love working with him. You’re gonna get a lot of that, but the Kaijus are very different and you’re gonna see a very different type of the robots I think. It’s gonna be quite a different adventure.”