Pacific Rim 2 is already is set to start filming in Fall 2015 (under the working title Maelstrom) and a supplementary animated series and planned comic book series tie-in are on the way, too. The Pacific Rim sequel is at the center of significant viewer attention and anticipation, as the film promises to deliver more entertainment for kaiju enthusiasts the world over.
Charlie Hunnam (who starred as Pacific Rim's male lead, Raleigh Becket) is on board for Guillermo del Toro's sequel, having recently worked alongside the filmmaker a second time on the upcoming Gothic horror/romance, Crimson Peak. The actor isn't sharing any major details just yet, but he has expressed his hopes for the Pacific Rim sequel, all the same.
In a recent conversation with EW on the set of Guy Ritchie's forthcoming King Arthur, Hunnam expressed some concern about what can go wrong during the making of films that rely heavily on the technical aspects of special-effects (like the Pacific Rim movies):
"When [shooting] becomes very technical, those technical aspects create a rigidity to the process, then all of a sudden, you have to find where your little place to fit into that process is, as opposed to the whole thing being about you."
Hunnam then discussed how he felt that, in the first Pacific Rim, the character drama concerning the various Jaegor pilots (and their "Drift Compatibility") was ultimately not as well done as it could've been, partly as a result of the film's emphasis on spectacle and the film's (rather spectacular) Jaeger versus Kaiju fight sequences:
"I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit. Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim to marry those two elements, I do feel like ultimately it got weighed heavier on the side of spectacle."
However, lest you think Hunnam is just biting the hand that feeds him, the actor made it clear that he's proud of his work on the first Pacific Rim - he just thinks there's room for improvement, on the sequel:
“Not to say I wasn’t proud of the [first 'Pacific Rim']. I really liked it, and I felt like it delivered exactly what it was supposed to. But I do feel like we could have maybe plumbed the depths of the character and the storytelling a little bit more.”
Pacific Rim drew around $411 million worldwide in theaters and was generally well-received (by critics and everyday moviegoers alike), but Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are no doubt hoping for better returns on the sequel. Where the franchise can go next (following the events of the first film) in order to best improve upon the first installment, is a matter up for debate.
Still, many found Pacific Rim to be an entertaining distraction well worth the price of admission, so fingers crossed the sequel will at least offer as much Saturday morning cartoon-style fun.
Pacific Rim 2 will open in U.S. theaters on August 7, 2017.