Director Guillermo del Toro has announced that his 2013 giant robots vs. giant monsters movie, Pacific Rim, will get a sequel in 2017 — and fans will get an animated series and an ongoing comic book series to tide us over until then.
The film will be released on April 7, 2017, and again will be directed by del Toro, who will co-write with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand). Original co-scripter Travis Beacham will be involved as much as his TV commitments (including Fox’s HIEROGLYPH) will allow. No deals have been inked with cast members, but Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman are expected to return.
While the movie’s domestic box office was somewhat disappointing, it was a smash overseas, so a sequel makes financial success. I personally really enjoyed the movie; I have yet to be disappointed by any of del Toro’s films. So I am really excited by this news!
The comic books will follow on from last year’s one-shot Beacham-written graphic novel, Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero, and the animated series will continue the Jaeger-on-Kaiju action.
Del Toro told BuzzFeed:
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.
Del Toro is currently working on his new horror movie, Crimson Peak, set for release in October 2015.