Guillermo Del Toro: ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel Will Be ‘Quite Different’ From First Film

When fans plunge back into the drift of Pacific Rim 2, they’re in for a big surprise. According to writer-director Guillermo del Toro, the upcoming sequel, scheduled for a 2017 release, will make some big departures from the world of the first film, and enhance certain elements that were little more than window dressing the first time around.

“Namely, for example ‘the Drift,’ which was an interesting concept,” he told The Wall Street Journal, referring to the neural link between Jaeger pilots. “[Then there was] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.”

Not only is a Pacific Rim sequel in development, but an animated series is on the way as well. It’s expected to arrive before the new movie.

“We’re formulating ideas that are, again, interesting and not the usual route, but the series tackles the stories that happened to pilots working in the Shatterdome,” del Toro said, referring to the base where Jaegers are housed and pilots are trained, “but also cadets learning how to become pilots. All of this happens prior to the first movie, and it gives you a little more depth into the background of certain characters that will appear in the second movie.”

Pacific Rim 2 arrives in theaters on April 7, 2017.

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Comments

  • PietroMaximoff

    good. cause i didn’t see the first one.

  • GrimeyLungs

    I just hope PR:2 takes some sort of fucked-up Neon Genesis Evangelion route. Oh how I can wish.

  • http://kevstome.wordpress.com/ Kev Tomes

    With the drift closed, the world began to struggle over the few resorces left on the planet – wars broke out using the most powerful and, in some cases, only remaining fighting engines left – the Jagers. To save the precious few places of civilisation left, proxy wars are now fought via one on one combat.

    Utilising the Drift, two people can combine their fighting power to access amazing fighting powers:

    http://youtu.be/6fUJ6LehQ3I

    There. I’ve just written your film for you, Guillermo. You can send me the cheque anytime. :)

  • CudaBiro

    So excited for the cartoon because that sounds exactly what I want in a Pacific Rim cartoon.

  • Cody McGowan

    Del Toro is the king of almost-good movies. Chronos, Hellboy (1&2), Blade 2, and Pacific Rim are all flicks that could have been great, but then give into self-conscious humor or overly rely on the genre tropes that they should be subverting. I’m usually disappointed by his movies, so I have to go with “meh” on this news.

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  • Gailim

    I liked the robot fighting, didn’t like almost everything else.

    and half the internet exalting the character of Mako Mori leaves me scratching my head wondering if I missed a scene.

    PR1 was a disappointment for me

  • Gailim

    I liked the robot fighting, didn’t like almost everything else.

    and half the internet exalting the character of Mako Mori leaves me scratching my head wondering if I missed a scene.

    PR1 was a disappointment for me

  • Rehab

    I saw that one! Robots fighting eachother as a representative, being controlled by someone(s)? Didn’t it have Hugh Jackman in it?

  • lorettajohnson

    hopefully they will get rid of all the human actors, except Perlman, and shoot the fighting sequences in daylight

  • SubSumeYou

    Your drift doesn’t catch me, Guillermo.Dang, I’m sick of it.

  • Javier Marcelo Pacheco

    it’s like Godzilla, but not boring

  • http://kevstome.wordpress.com/ Kev Tomes

    You’re thinking of Real Steel – which is Robot Boxing. Set your sights a little higher, dude!

    Hell, if Guilly won’t give us G-Fighter, the least we could ask for is an update of Robot Jox.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102800/

  • Earych

    That does sorta worry me. But bring in more Jaegers and monster-bashing and Ill be happy :)

  • Je Ar D Bagus

    Hunger Games:Robot Version.