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Pacific Rim Sequel Still In Development
Guillermo del Toro is now writing with Zak Penn

09 June 2014  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Buzzfeed

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Back in December 2012, months before Pacific Rim was even released, word came through that studio Legendary had already put screenwriter Travis Beacham to work on a sequel. As the film came and went last year to healthy but not spectacular box office, there were few further reports of a follow-up, but director Guillermo del Toro has now confirmed that he is still working on a Pacific Rim 2, this time with Marvel alumnus Zak Penn.

What happened to Beacham? "He was involved in the storyline [but] now I'm writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul," says del Toro (referring to Beacham's work on the developing historical fantasy series Hieroglyph at Fox, and on the sci-fi Ballistic City at AMC). "I'm working very, very hard with Zak," del Toro continues. "We've been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around."

In terms of Pacific specifics, del Toro is unsurprisingly unforthcoming, but he does confirm the planned return of Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori (played in Pacific Rim by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi), and that, contrary to speculation in some quarters, the film will not be a prequel.

"I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion," del Toro explains. "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...”

There is, it should be stressed, no green light yet from the studio: del Toro says, "I don't have the money but I'm proceding as if it's happening."

Legendary's Thomas Tull said recently that he'd only set a sequel in motion if the script was excellent and del Toro was on board to direct once again. There's clearly a degree of caution at suit level - has Godzilla now stolen Pacific Rim's kaiju thunder? - but also an awareness that fan enthusiasm and $400m (and still counting) in worldwide box office are not factors to be ignored.

Del Toro himself, however, is currently working on Crimson Peak with Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska; exec-producing and occasionally directing The Strain, based on his novels; and scheming any number of other projects to direct, write, or produce, including a horror Western, an adaptation of The Secret Garden, and a DC project involving Swamp Thing.

Pacific Rim 2 may take precedence over all that, or it may yet go the way of At The Mountains Of Madness and Hellboy 3. We will, of course, keep you up to date.

Crimson Peak, meanwhile, is out in the UK on October 16 next year.


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Posted by rwoo at 16:16 on 10 June 2014 | Report This Post

A sequel? As Bazza Norman used to say... "And why not?"
Pacific Rim is dumb popcorn fun at its best. There are loads of rubbish films that get sequels, so something derivative yet its own deserves a larger canvas. I'd go and see a second one. More

Posted by Private Hudson at 22:57 on 09 June 2014 | Report This Post

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See now I found Rim hugely entertaining - it's packed with action, event, escalation and glorious world building. The story structure is surprisingly innovative for a blockbuster and although the characters were not exactly brimming with dimension, they were enjoyably harmless enough to allow me to invest in the story just fine. It's somewhat frustrating that everyone seems to be down on Rim and yet massively positive towards Godzilla. I loved GZ himself in the more recent movie but compared to More

Posted by Hanroro at 16:25 on 09 June 2014 | Report This Post

Loved Pacific Rim... one of those films which caused me to grin like an idiot all the way through. The other Jaegers need a better run out this time. Given the international market for this kind of thing, it was a dumb move having Crimson Typhoon killed off before it had barely thrown a punch. Oh and more hitting monsters with oil tankers please (who needs to activate the sword, when you can hit things with oil tankers). More

Posted by Old_Pyrate at 14:42 on 09 June 2014 | Report This Post

Godzilla 2. Pacific Rim 2. There is truly good left in this world after all. More

Posted by Oroborous at 14:06 on 09 June 2014 | Report This Post

I could live without it, but...
...I'd love to see Del Toro direct a better script than he worked with in the first one. More

Posted by wedgeski at 13:22 on 09 June 2014 | Report This Post

I like Del Toro. Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone are exceptional films and I really enjoyed Hellboy 1 & 2. That said, Pacific Rim was appalling written and the cast were incredibly wooden. The film predictably looked superb, but most blockbusters do now, so that's not enough. Hopefully the sequel will see better dialogue and characterisation. Please get rid of those two "scientists". More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 12:23 on 09 June 2014 | Report This Post

Hellboy 3?
While I really enjoyed Pacific Rim, I know it was not universally loved. It just makes me sad when Del Toro does anything other than Hellboy 3... it's like writing loads of Game of Thrones books and taking ages on the last two... oh wait... More

Posted by Joveie at 09:58 on 09 June 2014 | Report This Post

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