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Del Toro Says Expect Pacific Rim 2 To Be Very Different From The First One

Reported by Jay Cochran - 2014.07.03

Last week director Guillermo Del Toro announced that he and Legendary Pictures would be moving forward with a sequel to last years Pacific Rim movie which is expected to be released on April 7, 2017. Now speaking with the WSJ, the director elaborates a little bit about what we can expect to see from the sequel:

"[screenwriter Zak Penn] and I really went in, we started with [screenwriter Travis Beacham] about a year and a half ago, kicking ideas back and forth. And, admittedly, I said to Zak, let’s keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak. (…) It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie. Namely, for example “the Drift” (editor’s note: the neural link between pilots of the giant robots, or jaegers), which was an interesting concept. [Then there was] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different."

While the special effects and giant robots fighting monsters looked amazing up on the big-screen for the first movie, one of the things that the movie lacked was a well thought out story, so it's definitely good to hear how they seem to be looking at rectifying that in the next one. What do you think, does a squel that is "totally" different from the first one make you feel better or worse about it?

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