Quite possibly THE dark horse contender of the summer 2013 movie season, Pacific Rim certainly has a lot to prove; though to its credit, the film seems to be gaining ground by the day. Each new trailer and featurette offers another look inside of Guillermo del Toro’s (Hellboy) “Monsters vs. Robots” blockbuster, and a new TV spot for the film (seen above) keeps upping the ante by showing off more great action.
In addition to the flashy visuals, del Toro himself recently discussed what kind of ideas he’s mulling for the possible Pacific Rim sequel – and apparently, it’ll be something different than what the first film offers.
Pacific Rim is an homage to the Japanese “kaiju” sub-genre, made popular by iconic franchises like Godzilla (which Legendary Pictures is currently remaking). The story centers on a future in which Kaiju (giant monsters) are a very real threat to Earth, having appeared from a dimensional portal deep within the Pacific Ocean. Humanity fights back with giant robots called Jaegers, which are manned by two mind-linked pilots. At the center of this tale we find an odd-pair of pilots – a damaged veteran (Charlie Hunnam) and a novice (Rinko Kikuchi) – who must lead humanity’s final stand with their obsolete Jaeger.
Del Toro on Pacific Rim Sequel Ideas
When talking to EW, Guillermo del Toro dropped some hints as to what the Pacific Rim sequel would be about. We already know that a script for Pacific Rim 2 is in development, and apparently the direction del Toro wants to go in involves exploring the deeper mystery (pun) of the Kaiju.
Here’s what del Toro had to say in response to the studio’s request for a sequel script:
I said, ‘F—, yeah!’ ! Because on the way to the finished screenplay, there were entire angles and ideas that we chopped off because they were too much… [The Kaiju] They’re a race of blind consumers grabbing planets, consuming them, and moving to the next. The idea [with the sequel] is to explore a little bit of that. I won’t spoil it, but I don’t think we’ll repeat a single beat from the first movie.
With an imagination like Guillermo del Toro’s, that statement could mean anything from humanity venturing into some Lovecraftian nightmare dimension to slay the Kaiju at their source – or maybe a romp through many fantastical alien worlds in effort to halt the Kaiju infestation on all fronts. Heck, we could even get a combination of both.
What is most curious is the filmmaker’s line about not repeating ‘a single beat from the first movie.’ Upon initial read, one would assume that a Pacific Rim sequel would at least bring back the robots vs. monsters premise – but could del Toro pull a fast one and reinvent the wheel of his cinematic universe?
Pacific Rim will be in theaters on July 12, 2013.