[SPOILERS for Pacific Rim ahead.]
At the end of Pacific Rim - Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 mecha/monster mash-up - protagonists Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori hitch a ride on a fish fried Kaiju through the interdimensional rift at the bottom of the titular geographic area, and into the invading alien beasts’ home world. It’s a trippy scene, peppered with a bright, pseudo psychedelic color palette and characterized by an utterly packed glimpse into the Kaiju’s realm; the visit is cut short when Raleigh sets them up the bomb and detonates his Jaeger, closing the portal and presumably killing everything within a few kilometers.
But, of course, the explosion doesn’t kill everything in the Kaiju world; were that the case, del Toro wouldn’t have much reason to make Pacific Rim 2 at all, yet that’s exactly what he’s doing. So we know that the surviving Kaiju of the first film will, by hook or by crook, figure out a way to butt heads with humanity once again in the sequel; we also know that del Toro and Zak Penn, his screenwriting collaborator for the sequel, already have an idea themselves. (Unsurprisingly, they’re keeping mum.)
As far as foreknowledge of the film’s plot goes, though, that’s about it. One popular bit of speculation about Pacific Rim 2 places the action squarely on the Kaiju’s turf, as Earth’s Jaeger armies continue the fight through the rift; anybody hoping that’s where del Toro and Penn would take things will be sorely disappointed, however, because, well, they’re not. So said del Toro in a recent interview with Shock Till You Drop, in which he discusses The Strain, the upcoming Crimson Peak, and bits and pieces about Pacific Rim 2.
When asked point blank about where the writing duo intend on taking the film, del Toro tap dances around the question – rightly so, because giving away Pacific Rim 2‘s hook this early would be patently foolish. But he did surrender one interesting nugget of info about his new plot, seen in the following quote from the piece:
You’re asking the right questions but not necessarily the way you think. If you think are we invading their world, we’re not, but we’re showing more of that world.
If this feels like kind of a brush off, read the full interview; it’s not quite akin to pulling teeth, but del Toro is clearly pretty reluctant to address the query at all. The fact that he even gives away this much after pleading the fifth is something of a gift. That doesn’t make the revelation feel any more robust, mind, but remember that we’re talking about a film that’s in development rather than on the proverbial assembly line, waiting to hit theaters. Permit him his propriety.
After that, deconstructing his response is fair game. If the humans aren’t marching on Kaijuland, what cause, exactly, do we have to return there in the first place? Assuming that del Toro and Penn do indeed have an ace up their sleeves as crazy as what they’ve promised, Pacific Rim 2 likely isn’t just going back to that place just to set off another nuke; del Toro is clearly playing coy, and if he’s not just blowing smoke with his earlier promises, then he likely has a good reason to explore that backdrop further (even if it’s just an artistic reason).
Maybe the reason is ultimately mundane; maybe the film will take us back to the Kaiju dimension to show the monster armies marshaling for a second attack on our planet. But maybe there’s a grander design in place here that we won’t see until Pacific Rim 2 stomps its way into multiplexes.
Pacific Rim 2 is set for an April 7th, 2017 opening date.
Source: Shock Till You Drop