Guillermo del Toro Talks About 'Pacific Rim 2' & Rumors About The Sequel
Reported by Outsiders - 10:34 AM 2014.06.09
Doing a promotional tour for FX's horror series The Strain has kept Guillermo del Toro busy lately but not to the point where he hasn't been working on a sequel for Pacific Rim for Legendary Pictures. Guillermo del Toro revealed to Collider via Buzzfeed that he and screenwriter Zak Penn have been working in secret on a script for a sequel but the studio hasn't given the greenlight to put it into production. The new movie would be a sequel and not a prequel as some rumors have been bouncing around and the current version of the script includes Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori, played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in the first film.
Guillermo del Toro talks about working on the script with Zak Penn and the rumors of the movie being a prequel:
"I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox’s Hieroglyph] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul."
"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."
Another rumor bouncing around was that del Toro wouldn't be back to helm the picture and Legendary wouldn't make the movie at all. Legendary’s CEO Thomas Tull commented on that fact recently with I Am Rogue:
Here’s the deal. We’re very close with Guillermo. He’s doing Crimson Peak for us right now. With the amount of money that we did on Pacific Rim, over $400 million, it didn’t quite hit our expectations, but it did better than a lot of other films. If there’s another great story to tell with Guillermo then we’re all over it because we think it’s really hard to create one of these things from scratch. The movie did really well on home video and merchandise, and it certainly has a big international following. We’re not just going to do Pacific Rim 2 just to do it. Right now we’re talking to Guillermo del Toro. If we can crack the story, we all think it’s great, and it’s him at the helm, then fantastic. But right now there’s nothing going on officially to proclaim.