Guillermo del Toro & Zak Penn Are Working on ‘Pacific Rim 2′ Script

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Despite Pacific Rim’s less-than-stellar show at the box office, raking in $407 million worldwide on a $190 million production budget, writer and director Guillermo del Toro has remained very interested in making a Pacific Rim 2. And though some have speculated whether Pacific Rim needs a follow-up at all, Legendary CEO Thomas Tull has stated that he’s also interested in producing a sequel.

This weekend at the Austin Television Festival, while promoting his new FX series The Strain, del Toro revealed some new information about the Pacific Rim 2 script that he has been working on with Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk).

In an interview with Buzz Feed, del Toro said he and Penn are working on the script for Pacific Rim 2 as if the film has been given the green light by Legendary Pictures, though he stressed that the studio has not, in fact, officially agreed to put the script into production. Penn and del Toro have been working on the script with some help on the storyline from Travis Beacham, co-writer of Pacific Rim who is now working on Fox’s Hieroglyph.

Read del Toro’s full quote:

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 was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.

Del Toro hopes to tackle the Pacific Rim sequel after his next project – possibly his live-action Pinocchio film – and he revealed that the current script includes characters from the first film, Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi).

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However, those hoping for a prequel Pacific Rim movie will be disappointed to learn that the sequel will not deal with the Kaiju invasion:

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.

Although Pacific Rim didn’t have the greatest box office numbers, the film was credited with being one of the few 2013 summer blockbusters that wasn’t a sequel or an extenuation of a franchise. So the question becomes: Can del Toro’s “very new, very crazy” ideas sustain a sequel to a movie with its fervent (if not huge) fanbase?

If del Toro’s past experience with sequels – namely, Hellboy II: The Golden Army – is any indication, the writer/director is capable of pulling off Pacific Rim 2. However, the script must first win over Legendary Pictures Chief Thomas Tull before the sequel can get an official green light.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Pacific Rim 2. The Strain premieres Sunday, July 13th @10pm on FX.

Source: Buzzfeed

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  1. Bring it on Mr. Del Toro; your film was awesome. No trash like Transformers or Battleship. There was so much hate and backlash on this film.

    To begin with the problems between WB and Legendary Pictures, then the lack of proper marketing. Also many TV shows talking trash when the film was not even released.

    It might be the case that some people were angry that the film was filmed in other countries besides the US or was it because it was spoken in other languages besides English?

    Great film, should you make another, I would gladly pay to watch it.

    • I agree. “Pacific Rim” was everything “Godzilla” wasn’t, by which I mean fun and exciting. It would have also have done better if it hadn’t come at a time when people apparently had their fill of big robot movies.

      In favor of the sequel being made is that a movie can still be profitable despite a somewhat weak domestic box office performance.

      That will be the case with “Pacific Rim.”

      • Read my comments Brian, I can see PR growing in reputation. Also, Godzilla didn’t have build-up like everyone says. It was more like stalling and teasing. Then the action came and went quickly. Pacific Rim engages you, and I think it’s because it establishes that it’s the humans who are doing the work and fighting, and the robots are machines. Cool as they are, do you really care a lot about them? As much as say R2-D2 for example?

  2. This great news. Pacific Rim was my favorite movie of 2013,and I watch it on a regular basis on Blu-ray. With this and the new Godzilla(2014),(one of my favorite movies of this year,so far),solidifies Legendary Pictures as one of the best studios in Hollywood.

  3. This *is* great news. (sorry,for the mistake)

  4. As bad a title as Pacific Rim is, I think they should stick with it. That’s just for brand recognition because I see this as the type of movie that will gain recognition and appreciation over time. Del Toro wanted to make a movie that is a summer confection that kids will remember fondly and that will make adults feel like kids again for a bit. I think he succeeded. Not saying the magic worked for everyone, but it worked on a lot of people, young and old, who saw it.

    And as a “confection” this, like all of Del Toro movies is made with a lot of attention to detail, commitment, love, and plain old sweat (okay, not so appetizing but this is an analogy). It really stands above any other of it’s kind IMO. It may be a “treat” but there’s a difference between a candy bar out of a vending machine and a fancy pastry made with care by skilled baker.

    People, myself included, have commented on the “build-up” in Godzilla. Honestly, Pacific Rim had legitimate build-up that lead to pay-offs. Godzilla really had more of a teasing and stalling tendency. When the action finally came, some cool moments came and went. Pacific Rim, on the other hand, built up the action before and during the action.

  5. Thank God for people in Asia who loved Pacific Rim! Now we will be sure to get a sequel.

    I hope Edge Of Tomorrow enjoys the same fate. I would love to see a sequel (or prequel, telling the story of Rita, the “Angel of Verdun”) to Edge Of Tomorrow even though it didn’t do that well in the US Box Office. I think people overseas have better taste in sci-fi.