We still have to wait until July to see everything that Guillermo del Toro is promising with his new, monsters-vs-robots action epic Pacific Rim. The viral campaign is under way and we’re hopeful the trailer will show up before long. But backers Legendary Pictures clearly think that he’s on to something, as the company is already kicking off preparatory work on the sequel by engaging Travis Beacham to write the script.
Beacham is the man who started it all with the initial treatment for Pacific Rim, which Legendary snapped up back in 2010. That led to del Toro taking an interest, and switching to make it his priority project once At The Mountains Of Madness fell through.
It’s not so shocking that work on the sequel is gearing up, especially given that Warner Bros. is distributing the film – the studio has regularly started to figure out follow-ups before the first (or in the case of The Hangover, second) film is out in the world. And let’s face it – do you bet against del Toro? (put your hand down, Universal, and go and think what you’ve done)
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources, GDT will oversee the scriptwriting (because we all know he’s the master of multi-tasking). But as to whether he’ll return to the director’s chair for the film should it enter production? That’s a bigger question, especially since he’s just committed to making spook story Crimson Peak for Legendary as his next movie.
Still, having caught a glimpse of the monster mash madness at Comic-Con, we have a feeling people are going to want more Kaiju Vs Jaeger action when Rim’s credits roll.
Pacific Rim splashes down on July 12.