It’s been nearly a year since the release of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim. And though the movie didn’t perform quite as well as people were hoping, it did rake in some cash and give rise to the idea of turning the singular Kaiju flick into a fully-fledged franchise. Del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham have been enthusiastic about a chance to do Pacific Rim 2 and now it looks like the CEO of Legendary Pictures might be on board as well.
Thomas Tull – AKA the giant brain that makes the decisions at Legendary – was chatting with Collider recently and had a few encouraging words to share with Pac Rim fans:
We love being in business with Guillermo and frankly that movie, if you look it up, did I think more business than the first X-Men, did more than Batman Begins, our first movie, did more than Superman Returns, The Fast and the Furious, Star Trek- so for a movie that was an original property that we made up it’s done really well. It did north of 400 million dollars globally and both the home video sales and the merchandise have way over-indexed, so it seems like fans really loved the world. So we’re going to sit down with Guillermo and as long as we think it’s authentic and there’s something to say, we’re certainly open to it.
Of course, just because Tull says that they’re open to it doesn’t mean that it will happen. While del Toro and Beacham have already put some work in on a script, it will require millions of dollars in backing to get this ball rolling. The first one had one hell of a budget and it’s not likely that this one will see a marked decrease in the bottom line, so it’s a question of sales vs. profit. Sure, the first Pac Rim made more than $400 million, but it also cost them a pretty penny to make.
So will the execs finally settle in and say yes to this? Only time will tell.
What say thee, Nerd Readers? Would you line up to check out a second installment in the Pacific Rim franchise? Or was the first one enough for you?