The above image was discovered last year, and is an unofficial concept illustration for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2. However, now that a working title for the film has been found out by Global News, the above image now feels very real.
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.
Yahoo caught up with Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro at Comic-Con, and he confirmed that the highly anticipated sequel begins filming in November!
Pacific Rim 2 recently had its release date pushed back by Universal to 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.”