In an interview with Collider, Guillermo del Toro revealed a few more details on his upcoming sequel, Pacific Rim 2. Specifically, he explained that two major characters will be returning, and he also described the sequel as a very different film from the first, and bravely will be set in a Kaiju-free world.
When talking about exactly where Pacific Rim 2 takes place, del Toro explained that it will be a few years after the events of the first film, and that the Kaiju threat no longer exists:
“It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It’s quite a jump.”
It sounds like the sequel will be more character driven, and will probably be more of a tease for the third film, where del Toro has promised to bring back more character from the first film at the end of Pacific Rim 2, to set-up the final film in the trilogy.
It’s a brave and risky move making a film with no Kaiju threat, but considering del Toro’s skills and wonderful imagination, Pacific Rim 2 will no doubt be incredible.
He also states that there are two main characters he wants to bring back from the first film to be key players in the sequel. Charlie Day is expected to return as Dr Newton Geiszler, and Burn Gorman as Gottlieb.
“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.”
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.
Del Toro announced 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.
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!”