You all know by now that we happen to be massive fans of Pacific Rim. Even though the film dropped several inconsistent logic bombs, it was a well directed and fun blockbuster that managed to completely jettison the standard tropes of a high budget mid-year film and create something different. And it was damn good news to hear last week that a sequel was on the way. It may be quite a while off before we see it, but it’ll be worth it according to director Guillermo Del Toro.
“We are three years away, so to spoil anything would be fantastically silly of me,” Del Toro said to The Wall Street Journal .
What I can tell you: [screenwriter Zak Penn] and I really went in, we started with [screenwriter Travis Beacham] about a year and a half ago, kicking ideas back and forth. And, admittedly, I said to Zak, let’s keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak. (…) It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie.
Namely, for example “the Drift”, which was an interesting concept. [Then there was] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.
While Charlie Hunnam’s Raleigh Beckett and Rinko Kikuchi’s Mako Mori will be back to pilot a new Jaeger, you can also expect plenty of new fresh faces to pop up. After all, the Shatterdome went through pilots quicker than All Bran Flakes goes through your digestion system. According to Del Toro, he wants to continue the United Nations approach to finding Jaeger pilots with which to fill up the sequel. Which makes me hopeful that we’ll see Rugby P-Klap on the big screen:
I’m hoping to bring the same idea I had in the first movie, that was to make it multicultural and humanistic as much as possible, to make characters from many nationalities or gender, to make them equal in the scope of the adventure, in the day-to-day of the adventure. So, we’re bringing a few characters that are new and hopefully doing good work managing those that survived the first movie. (laughs)
With a release date set, Del Toro is going to be very busy soon. Well, busier than usual. Here’s what his schedule looks like, according to the man himself:
I start designing in six weeks. It takes me nine months to design a movie like that. People see the movie, and they have to see that we designed everything in the movie, from ID cards or patches, pamphlets, posters, signs, sets. I start with a core team for about six months designing the jaegers and the kaiju, you know, so we know how many kaiju, how many jaegers. We are creating some new jaegers and a lot of new kaiju. We start [designing the production] in August.
Pacific Rim 2 arrives in April 2017. And I’m drifting in anticipation for it.
Last Updated: July 4, 2014