Ever since Guillermo del Toro’s giant Jaeger robots battled the mighty Kaiju, fans have been crying out for a sequel. Pacific Rim was made on a budget of $190 million, and after promotional costs the film just managed to break even by taking $411 million at the worldwide box office. A sequel was not immediately approved, and since the films release, Warner Brothers and Legendary, who were the studios behind Pacific Rim, have split.
Legendary took over the sequel with Universal, and now they have come to a decision, and plan to release the film on April 7th 2017.
With the films intense fan base, and Godzilla’s assault on the box office last month, it is about time Pacific Rim 2 was confirmed, and I couldn’t be happier.
Del Toro spoke of his delight to Buzzfeed, and also hinted at some returning characters:
“The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast”
Del Toro announced a few weeks ago that he was working on the script to the sequel with Zak Penn. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni once again produce alongside del Toro, Mary Parent and Callum Greene. Jillian Share will exec produce.
Pacific Rim 2, which will be released in 3D and Imax, is the first title to land on the April 7, 2017 date.
No details have been revealed apart from the release date, but Legendary shared Del Toro’s enthusiasm, releasing a statement:
Guillermo del Toro returns to direct Legendary Pictures’ PACIFIC RIM 2, the next chapter of the epic action-adventure he created with 2013’s hit original film. Zak Penn will write the script with del Toro. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni once again produce alongside del Toro, Mary Parent and Callum Greene. Jillian Share will executive produce. Universal Pictures will release the film worldwide in 3D and IMAX 3D.
Del Toro has also posted a video to Legendary’s Youtube channel, and in it he states:
“From now until April 2017 we are going to develop a new animated series for Pacific Rim that will continue the storyline of the Year Zero comicbook series, and most importantly creating a sequel for the film. I’m working on this with Zak Penn and Travis Beacham and we’re all very happy to be bringing you more Kaijus and Jaegers kicking each others butt!”