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.
Pacific Rim is due in U.S. theaters this Friday (with sneak peeks beginning Thursday night), and producers Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are a bit concerned about recent tracking, which showed little awareness/anticipation for Guillermo Del Toro’s giant robots vs. giant monsters film among the general public. (The geek vote is securely locked up; Guillermo had us at kaiju.)
To remedy that situation, producers have released a number of informational videos (between 1 and 4 minutes in length) to explain the Pacific Rim universe. I have gathered them here as a public service — in case my own breathless enthusiasm for the picture has been unclear.
First up, Idris Elba, as Gen. Stacker Pentecost, explains what’s at stake in mankind’s war against the kaiju.
I absolutely love behind-the-scenes footage from big special-effects films; the intricacy of green-screen work fascinates me, so this footage detailing the hard work that went into making Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is like candy to me.
The maestro himself details how he shot actors Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam in the control pod of one of the giant robots (known as Jaegers) tasked with saving the world from giant monsters (kaiju).
Pacific Rim opens July 12, and I’d like to be first in line for this robo-thriller.
We’ve finally gotten a look at Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and it is awesome.
The giant robots vs. giant monsters movie looks like it will live up to the hype; it appeared to look like a Godzilla flick should look, and it has Del Toro’s tell-tale visual style: It’s darkly beautiful.
Idris Elba has a great speech scene, as we saw, and Charlie Hunnam narrates with a suitably gravelly, war-weary voice. So far, I haven’t seen anything that I don’t like, but I think a lot will hinge on how interesting the monsters look. I’m certain that the monster scenes in this clip have been artificially darkened to hide details about the creatures, which is fine.
Pacific Rim is slated to open on July 12, 2013.
I’ve always looked at director Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim with a jaundiced eye; to me, it was the project Del Toro turned to after Universal got cold feet and pulled the plug on At the Mountains of Madness, his big-budget adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic tale of atmospheric horror at the bottom of the world. If he was working on PR, then he wasn’t available for ATMOM if the project were suddenly funded.
Back in 2011, Universal was frightened by the $150 million Del Toro needed to do ATMOM properly. Of course, ATMOM was only possible because Del Toro’s two years of hard work prepping to direct The Hobbit went down the drain when New Line Cinema and MGM couldn’t settle on a start date and forced him off that project in May 2010. And did I mention that ATMOM was supposed to star none other than Tom Cruise?