‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel Already in Development

Published 1 year ago by , Updated December 5th, 2012 at 3:02 pm,

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There’s a lot of curiosity surrounding Pacific Rim, as Legendary has initiated a viral marketing campaign to countdown to the trailer premiere next week. On one hand, it boasts a cool sci-fi premise – human-piloted giant robots duke it out with Godzilla-esque monsters from another dimension – and is being brought to life under the direction of Guillermo del Toro (Blade II, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth).

On the other hand, del Toro hasn’t directed a movie since 2008′s Hellboy II: The Golden Army, after spending two years in pre-production on his version of The Hobbit and putting together At the Mountains of Madness (which is currently out of commission). Not to mention, the Pacific Rim footage shown at Comic-Con had its thunder stolen by the teaser for the new Godzilla movie – at least, as far as many of those who were in attendance are concerned (this writer included).

Overall, though, it’s fair to say there’s more anticipation than concern surrounding Pacific Rim right now; we will see if that changes after the trailer release, for the better or worse. However, Legendary is preparing for a hit, and has commissioned screenwriter Travis Beacham (who penned the original spec script) to begin co-writing a sequel with del Toro – who, according to Heat Vision, may or may not be interested in directing – some eight months before its release.

This announcement comes hot on the heels of reports that del Toro’s planning to make the horror flick Crimson Peak his next feature-length directing effort. Moreover, he’s got a handful of other projects lined up on his plate for next year (Pinocchio, The Strain) and had made it known that he doesn’t intend to begin work on a Pacific Rim sequel in the immediate future – at least, not right after he finishes the editing and 3D post-converstion process.

To quote the filmmaker directly.

 “We certainly started tossing ideas for possibilities of a sequel and Travis Beacham and I are writing a proposal of ideas, but at the same time I know I don’t want to do that next. I want to do something else, I want to do something in a different genre that’s not so big.”

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Legendary seems to believe it has a box office winner in Pacific Rim (if not also a critical hit, but there’s reason to question that prospect. For starters, the film’s cast is populated by lauded names – Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Idris Elba (Luther) and Oscar-nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom) – but no one who can be fairly called a bankable A-lister. Moreover, del Toro has a strong cult following, but he’s yet to deliver a movie that reaches anywhere near the box office heights of summer blockbusters with built-in brand recognition (Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, etc.).

Of course, there are plenty of casual moviegoers out there (re: those only mildly familiar with the cast and director of Pacific Rim) who should turn out just based on the movie’s concept. If the trailer(s) manages to impress – and the actual film generates good word-of-mouth – then who knows: maybe originality and innovation will trump recycled entertainment in the case of Pacific Rim (and thus, a franchise is something we can get all the more excited about).

Look out for the Pacific Rim trailer to hit theaters next week. The movie’s official release date is July 12th, 2013.

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Source: THR

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  1. how long until the trailer?

  2. “Atlantic Rim”. Then “Arctic Rim”. Then “Pacific Rim 4: The Quest for Peace”

    • Pacific Rim 5: Redemption
      Pacific Rim 6: Retribution
      Pacific Rim 7: Resurrection
      Pacific Rim 8: Revelation
      Pacific Rim 9: Revenge
      Pacific Rim 10: Reckoning
      PPacific Rim 11: Origins

      ad infinitum… ;)

      • The reboot: “Rim”

      • Pacific Rim
        Pacific Rim 2 Rim around the Collar.
        Pacific Rim 3 Rim before drying.
        Pacific Rim 4 Dark of the Rim
        Pacific Rim 5 Battle Rim of the Republic
        Pacific Rim 6 Reboot of the Rim
        Pacific Rim 7 Rim Tin Rim
        Pacific Rim 8 Rime in time
        Pacific Rim 9 The Rim Job
        Pacific Rim 10 Snakes on a Rim
        Pacific Rim 11 Snakes on a Rim Part 2
        Pacific Rim 12 Samuel L Jacksons plays an Angry MotherF–KER

    • ACW…Whats wrong with you?

      Are we related or something?

      :)

      • I’m American with a French ancestry and just a hint of Canadian history as well.

        So, are we? :p

        • Mom is American 1/2 French 1/2 Italian

          Dad was African American

          Hmmm :)

          • Hm, interesting. I’ve never been outside of the country, but I do want to go somewhere across the Atlantic, mainly Italy.

            But yeah, back on topic, I’m iffy on sequels green lit before the first movie is even released. “The Amazing Spider-Man” lucked out, but I can’t say the same about “Avatar”

  3. Idris Elba alone is worth watching this movie. That dude is always awesome! I don’t know Rinku Kikuchi, but she sure looks fine in that battle suit. :D

    • Honestly, Idris is the only actor I know in this movie and that’s purely because of Thor, Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance and Prometheus but nevertheless, the movie looks and sounds like something I’ll enjoy.

      • Ahhhhhh, How Dare You?

      • You’ve never watched Sons of Anarchy?

  4. I hope both this and Godzilla do well to warrent sequels to both. that would be great to have two kaiju franchises going. and who knows? in 2014 it will have 10 since toho has made their own godzilla film so maybe they will start up again to! wouldnt that be awesome.

    • I am with you there,would love sequels on these movies,
      but knowing the masses and crowd thee days I can hardly see this happen !
      I think both will be big box office Bombs and fail badly !

      Can’t be different,cause those movies are just too good to become hits !
      Never happens,all good movies are flops,cause they focus on itself,and not on pleasing the mass market !

  5. Jax from SOA, that got me interested. Always fun to see how he does in other roles.

  6. Why to pilots of giant robots need shoulder pads? Is the first thing that came to mind for that pic.

    • Because they are in giant robots with the potential to get knocked around, and if they have to eject, I would think they want as much protection as possible.

      Not like it can prevent a giant monster from stomping on you.

  7. Think this will be a fun movie, love monster battles, robots etc that whole anime influence.. But I don’t how the general audiences will take to it. People seem to accept giant monsters or giant robots.. But giant monsters fighting robots piloted by people… This asking a bit much. Well see.

    • 4 Word for you.

      Revenge Of The Fallen.

      nuff said.

  8. I can’t wait for this movie! What’s not to love about giant monsters and giant robots fighting? This movie is going to be like sex and pizza, it’s good even when it’s bad!

    BOOM!

  9. We’ve not yet seen a trailer and they’re talking sequel? A bit pompous, don’t you think? I mean, I can understand it when it comes to literary adaptations, but this isn’t that, right? I’m excited just to see the trailer; been waiting a long time for it. But let’s not start counting pigs before the chickens hatch. ;)

  10. did robocop still their uniform or did they ?

  11. I am excited about what this movie offers but I am also cautious based on what was said during the teaser at Comic Con. Even though it looked well made people did have some concerns that it may have that “GI Joe” feel to it(Looks great but doesn’t really have a great script/plot detail). I just hope it’s better than HB Army of Darkness, LOL

  12. Just ramps up the pressure of a trailer that will have to truly impress. Viral stuff has been interesting.

  13. suddenly…
    its Sky Rim, jaegers piloted by a dragonborn fighting gigantic dragons

  14. This would be an awesome carryover into…..Voltron! Humanoids that leave their own planet after these giants destoy world…and they come with a gift to help destroy the kaiju.

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