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).
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.