Guillermo del Toro is one of the most original and imaginative movie minds out there right now. Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and next years Crimson Peak are just a few of his movies that show his new and fresh ideas that constantly hit the screen. He has only ever done a sequel once meaning when he does a sequel, he absolutely loves the project and the path it’s headed down. Now he will be doing another sequel that has officially been announced – Pacific Rim 2.
BuzzFeed led the reports with Legendary Films saying this during the announcement:
‘Guillermo del Toro returns to direct Legendary Pictures’ Pacific Rim 2, the next chapter of the epic action-adventure he created with 2013’s hit original film. Zak Penn will write the script with del Toro. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni once again produce alongside del Toro, Mary Parent and Callum Greene and Jillian Share will executive produce. Universal Pictures will release the film worldwide in 3D and IMAX 3D.’
April 7th, 2017 was the official release date announced. del Toro himself had this to say:
‘The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.’
In addition to bringing the sequel to life, del Toro is also saying he is working on a animated Pacific Rim TV show that will debut before the sequel hits theaters. It’s unclear if the show will be apart of the movie world or a seperate universe with different characters.
Pacific Rim was one of the biggest surprises of 2013 and became an instant guilty pleasure for many, many moviegoers. I was amazed by it, it instantly became a top 5 of my 2013 list, I couldn’t get enough of it. Not only were the battles insanely awesome, but the story was above par enough to keep everyone very interested – it made sense in other words. It was a mixture of Transformers and Godzilla but on steroids. If you haven’t seen the movie – I highly, HIGHLY recommend that you watch it because it is flat-out awesome! I don’t know where the story will go after the originals ending, but I am just damn excited that it will continue.
I have no doubt that del Toro and his crew will bring us something just as good or even better and something much bigger. Stay tuned in for more news because I will definitely be posting it. Can’t wait!
Pacific Rim 2 will open in theaters on April 7th, 2017. Directed by Guillermo del Toro unofficially starring Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman.