As far as I’m concerned, Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots epic Pacific Rim was one of the most enjoyable movie going experiences of the year in 2013. Everything about it worked for me from its off-beat sense of humor to the action sequences and all of the fun that was in between. Unfortunately, despite doing big business overseas, the film was a disappointment domestically and the chances of a Pacific Rim 2 were looking slim. However, while speaking to BuzzFeed this weekend at the Austin Television Festival del Toro said that he, along with The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, have been writing a follow up to the monster epic.
del Toro told Buzzfeed, “I don’t have the money, but I’m proceeding like it is happening” and went on to clarify that the movie would not be a prequel as some had speculated. He explained, “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.”
Earlier this year Legendary CEO Thomas Tull said that he would be “open to” a Pacific Rim 2 and when I spoke to Charlie Day at The LEGO Movie premiere back in February, he said that if it were up to him, “you’d get at least three,” so here’s hoping that the stars align and fans of the universe will get a follow up soon!
In the meantime, del Toro’s latest project, the television series The Strain, premieres on FX next month.