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Pacific Rim 2 Is Not Greenlit; Is Being Written Anyway

Pacific Rim is out on DVD and Blu-ray this week and that means that a) fans have another chance to pour money into the franchise in desperate hopes of a sequel, and b) that Guillermo del Toro is doing the press rounds.

And just so that fans of the movie who’d like to see more of the universe can keep dreaming fond dreams, we thought they’d like to know that del Toro is working on a script. He told IGN:

To me, what was beautiful and flattering was how people saw the movie not once or twice but three, four times or more. People that love it, love it with great passion. So I would love to continue telling stories about that world…

…we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active.

Beacham was the screenwriter of Pacific Rim, just to reassure you that no talent change up has happened. Del Toro added, however, “the decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.” While it made more than it took to make (although there’s some question as to whether it recouped its advertising budget as well as its operating costs), Pacific Rim performed below what is expected of modern blockbusters. The question of whether Legendary Pictures will be interested in a sequel is a real one.

Del Toro and Beacham have dropped hints here and there about the plot threads from Pacific Rim that they’d want to follow up on in a sequel, from a Gipsy Danger 2, to a kaiju/jaeger hybrid, to the full repercussions of a human/kaiju drift. The writing process is a strange one, so there’s no guarantee that any of these elements will survive to a complete script even if the movie does get financed, but it’s interesting from a fan perspective, certainly, to see the bits of the universe that Beacham and del Toro consider to be stones left unturned.

(IGN via First Showing.)

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  • Christopher LaHaise

    Hopefully we will see a sequel, and hopefully it will be in the next 2-3 years. I really enjoyed the movie – enough to see it three times, and I plan to pick up the blu ray for Christmas.

  • Janna

    I was super relieved to see Beacham’s writing it and hope it stays true to the elaborate backstories he has for the characters. I also hope our German scientist BFFs are back!

  • Anders Vesterberg

    a pacific rim sequel? yes please! i loved the movie.

  • Jamie Jeans

    PLEASE change GD’s name to something else… it’s rather stupid and racist. Hell, call it Lady Danger! That’s awesome.

    But other than that, yeah, I am hoping it gets greenlit and made. It was easily one of the best movies I saw this year, better than Iron Man 3 and far better than Star Trek Into Ripoff Whitewashing We Go.

  • Sonya

    I just want to see Charlie Day in those tattoos and skinny jeans again! HURRAH.

  • R.O.U.S.

    GUH amen to that

  • R.O.U.S.

    I loved this world and I hope we can all go back.

  • Janna

    Flashbacks from the novelization of him as a Berlin techno-geek scene kid would be beyond amazing.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I think it only makes sense for the sequel. Still an ensemble piece, though. But there was talk of him even being the villain in Part II. Not sure how I feel about that… More Newt getting to do more things, but also…evil… (and then probably dead).

  • Lapin

    What about Rinko Kikuchi? She was great as Mako. I was half in love with her after the movie. And Charlie Hunnam was fun as Raleigh. I mean, the scientists were great and all, but I’m not sure there’s enough there to make the movie about any one character. It’s really an ensemble movie that’s strength lies in the diverse cast with their different skills and motivations.

  • Anonymous

    There’s just somethin’ about a man with monsters on his chest….

  • Ashe

    We’d need more actual ladies in the film for that to work, though.

    +2 WHAMMO

  • Becky Garbrick

    Considering Travis Beacham’s apology re: GD’s name, I’d place good money on a rename happening.

  • Jamie Jeans

    He did? Oh, that’s good. I hope we get a new kickass name.

  • Jamie Jeans

    And yeah, I loved Mako Mori and the Russian Ranger, but they needed some more diversity on that film.