Guillermo del Toro’s sequel, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, was due to go into production in November. However, there is a rumour circulating that production has been halted, and now work will not begin on the film until sometime next year.
Pacific Rim 2 has a planned release date of 4th August 2017, but if this rumour turns out to be true, that release date might be affected. No reasons have been given as to why the film might have been delayed.
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.
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.”