With fans already "war ready" for Pacific Rim Uprising, director Steven S. DeKnight reveals his ambitious hopes for a possible third entry and beyond.
Guillermo del Toro fought Jaeger against Kaiju in 2013 with a movie that went on to be a surprise summer blockbuster. Effectively a cross between Transformers and Independence Day with an all-star cast of Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, Pacific Rim neatly left the door open for a perfectly-marketable sequel. Sadly, while del Toro, Elba, and Hunnam are all out of Uprising, it hasn't stopped DeKnight planning where the series should go next if he were to return.
Speaking to Cinemablend, DeKnight reveal that the world of Pacific Rim is anything but done when the credits roll on Uprising:
"I can't give any details, but yes, I have a very clear idea [for the future]. When we were developing Uprising I was constantly jotting down notes about what I would want to do for the next movie. So I have a very, very rough outline of what that movie would be. And the plan was always to do the third installment, and then at the end of that movie expand the universe to a Star Wars/Star Trek-style [franchise] where it could go in many different directions. Different stories, main canon, side stories, standalones, the whole thing."
It is a similar story to those robots in disguise as Transformers currently stands with five movies, a possible sixth entry/reboot, and a Bumblebee standalone. Interestingly, an ever-expanding Pacific Rim franchise could explore prequels, other planets, or forgotten characters, but how much longer do the fans want it to go on? That's open for debate, seeing that the film isn't tracking very well at the box office (even though it'll top Black Panther) and earned mixed critical reviews.
However, you only have to look at the number imperfect action movies that continue to surprise with their box office numbers. Also, with DeKnight already tipping the Jaegers for a King Kong/Godzilla crossover, there is a mountain of untapped potential just waiting to be explored. Considering that Legendary produces the Pacific Rim movies and the ongoing MonsterVerse, fans only have to sit back and wait for the magic to happen.
Also, with John Boyega being something of a big deal these days after his recent role in Star Wars, he could be the perfect man to lead Pacific Rim into a brighter future. Looking back at Fast and Furious, Universal's car-centric series has come a long way from its humble beginnings as just a simple street racing movie. Uprising may be DeKnight's feature film debut, but with his long-standing work on the likes of Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Daredevil, he sure knows how to weave an ongoing storyline - which could a huge benefit to Pacific Rim.
No matter what the future holds, DeKnight seems confident for more Pacific Rim, suggesting that talks are well underway about how the story will continue. While Del Toro looks to be out for the count, DeKnight is more than happy to direct those Rock 'em Sock 'em' Robots for at least a little longer. Could Hollywood have a new Michael Bay on its hands?
- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018