10 years after the Battle of the Breach, the oceans have become restless once again, but the Jaeger program has evolved into the next generation for the PPDC. However, something has reopened the Breach for the Kaiju and a Jaeger has gone rogue. Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, rises up to stand against the evolved Kaiju and the rogue Jaeger to prevent humanity’s extinction and preserve his father’s legacy.
This is the sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim, which earned $411 million at the worldwide box office that summer. Though the film underperformed domestically with only $101.8 million, the global total was enough to warrant a followup. Guillermo del Toro, who directed the original, had been developing a sequel since 2012, revealing in 2014 he was writing a script with Zak Penn. Del Toro had hoped to call the shots on Uprising as well, but progress on the project stalled in 2015 due to a conflict between Legendary Pictures and their new distribution partner, Universal. Pacific Rim Uprising ultimately may have gotten a green light because Legendary was purchased by the Chinese Wanda Group, and the first movie had much success in China. In 2016, del Toro revealed Steven S. DeKnight would direct Uprising. Stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood joined the cast shortly after.
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