It's been nearly a year since Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim hit theaters, and some moviegoers are still relishing the rumblings of those Jaegers vs. Kaijus oceanside (and ocean bottom) brawls. After Pacific Rim made over $400 million worldwide, Guillermo recently revealed that the sequel's script is being written, but that the movie is not yet studio-approved. If it does move forward, the sequel looks to include two familiar faces that should please Pacific Rim fans.
While on tour to promote his upcoming TV series The Strain, Guillermo del Toro stated that for several months he and screenwriter Zak Penn (X-Men 2, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers) have been writing a sequel to Pacific Rim. Guillermo said that the sequel's story would take place after the events of the first film, eliminating rumors that the second film would serve as a prequel. Guillermo also mentioned that currently the script includes Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori, the Jaeger co-pilots who survived the Kaiju onslaught in the first film. These two characters were played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, respectively.
Here's what Guillermo had to say about the Pacific Rim sequel in an interview with Buzzfeed:
“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's unknown at this time whether other surviving characters from the first film, such as Charlie Day's Dr. Newton Geiszler, Max Martini's Herc Hansen, or Clifton Collins Jr.'s Ops Tendo Choi, will return in the sequel, or if the sequel will even be green-lit by Legendary. Guillermo's next feature, the horror film Crimson Peak, will be distributed by Legendary in October of 2015. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as this story develops.
For those unfamiliar with the original Pacific Rim, here's a brief synopsis:
"Directed by Oscar® nominee (Best Writing, Original Screenplay, “Pan’s Labyrinth,” 2006) Guillermo del Toro, “Pacific Rim” follows a team of unlikely fighters who unite for a final attempt to save humanity from terrifying monsters that emerged from the sea."