Movie News: Guillermo del Toro Working on PACIFIC RIM 2

Written by Andrew Pollard Sunday, 08 June 2014

Movie News

Despite having not been given the green light yet, Guillermo del Toro is already working on PACIFIC RIM 2.

Whilst promoting his THE STRAIN TV series to Buzzfeed, del Toro was asked about a sequel to PACIFIC RIM. He went on to reveal, “I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first movie] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.”

On the plot of the sequel, he added, “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.”

Del Toro also confirmed that the current plan is for Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi to return as Jaeger pilots Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori, respectively.

Whilst PACIFIC RIM initially struggled at the US box office, international sales led to the film doing quite well. Despite costing a staggering $190 million, the movie only took $101 million in the US. With international sales, PACIFIC RIM managed to earn $411 million. A sequel didn’t seem likely until earlier this year when Legendary CEO Thomas Tull suggested that a sequel could well happen thanks to the home release sales and merchandise figures. If PACIFIC RIM 2 were to happen, we’d have to wager that the budget would be significantly less than the $190 million spent making the first film.

As ever, expect more on this as we get it.

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