Pretty much anyone you speak to about Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim will tell you that they loved it, and fans are crying out for the trilogy del Toro originally had planned. Sadly when Pacific Rim was released in the US, it didn’t quite meet expectations in terms of its box office gross. It opened in third place with just under $40 million, and Warner Bros and Legendary got worried considering how much they had spent on the film and its marketing ($400 million).
Then the film opened all over the world, and did staggering business, and the monsters vs giant robots epic managed to break even on the money spent making it and marketing it. Made for $190 million, Pacific Rim’s worldwide box office haul finished on $411 million, and if you take into account the millions spent on marketing, you could say as an original film, Pacific Rim was a huge success.
The sequel has not been greenlit yet by Legendary, but the recent success of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla should prove to them that the market for big monster movie epics is very healthy, and very profitable. The success of Godzilla should have Legendary looking at getting another Pacific Rim film made while Warner Brothers work on their Godzilla franchise, and surely the buzz around fans for a sequel and a strong reviews prove that a Pacific Rim sequel will do great business.
Even though the sequel has not yet been approved, del Toro is moving ahead with writing it anyway. While at the Austin Television Festival, del Toro was on hand to promote his new TV series, The Strain. Buzzfeed managed to interview del Toro, and naturally the conversation shifted to Pacific Rim 2:
“I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox’s Hieroglyph] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.”
It us a real shame that Tavis Beacham will not be involved in the sequel, but it is del Toro’s baby, and he will make good on the first films premise, and deliver an even bigger sequel no doubt. As for his new writing partner Zak Penn, he has had ups and downs, being involved in some great and some awful films.
Over the years Penn has written films like The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men 2, but he has also written films like Last Action Hero, Elektra, Inspector Gadget, Behind Enemy Lines and X-Men: The Last Stand. Hopefully del Toro influences him to write some good stuff!
In the interview del Toro also explained that instead of doing a prequel as the next film, Pacific Rim 2 will indeed be a follow on to the events in the first film:
“Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion. I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle.”
It all sounds promising, and a short while ago Legendary CEO Thomas Tull made it pretty clear that all del Toro needs to do is come up with a good script, and the sequel is as good as confirmed. When asked by Am Rogue what if a Pacific Rim sequel had been approved, Tull explained:
“Here’s the deal. We’re very close with Guillermo. He’s doing Crimson Peak for us right now. With the amount of money that we did on Pacific Rim, over $400 million, it didn’t quite hit our expectations, but it did better than a lot of other films. If there’s another great story to tell with Guillermo then we’re all over it because we think it’s really hard to create one of these things from scratch. The movie did really well on home video and merchandise, and it certainly has a big international following. We’re not just going to do Pacific Rim 2 just to do it. Right now we’re talking to Guillermo del Toro. If we can crack the story, we all think it’s great, and it’s him at the helm, then fantastic. But right now there’s nothing going on officially to proclaim”
So we all need to keep our fingers crossed that del Toro and Penn come up with a good story, but come on, is there really any doubt about del Toro delivering?