Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim may have been an epic battle between giant robots and massive monsters from another dimension, but let’s face it – there really wasn’t much going on in the story department. So when the director finally got the green light to make a Pacific Rim 2, one has to wonder what kind of tale he can come up with that will be more than just another romp between oversized enemies. Now, del Toro is stepping up to chat a bit about what we might expect from Pac Rim 2 and how it will be different from the first flick.
In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, del Toro shared these words:
We are three years away, so to spoil anything would be fantastically silly of me. What I can tell you: [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.
He also mentioned that the Pacific Rim animated television series should probably have a year under its belt by then, so audiences will know a lot more about the early events of the Kaiju war and the people involved. There are also some graphic novels and comic books that will be continuing to expand upon del Toro’s universe.
As far as the new movie’s content is concerned, we can expect to see some familiar faces as well as new ones. And that goes for the jaegers and the kaiju as well. It may seem like the obvious move, but del Toro plans on bringing several new kaiju in. Which is good, considering a giant monster vs. giant robot movie doesn’t quite work if audiences are forced to sit through a bunch of rematches. This isn’t Pokémon or the UFC, after all.
Unfortunately, specific details on what to expect are being kept in reserve for now. Aside from del Toro idly mentioning that he might like to expand on “The Drift” concept and the machinery the kaiju used to rip a hole into our dimension, he’s keeping tight-lipped about it. Oh well. I guess it doesn’t serve well to spoiler the movie three years before the damned thing comes out, after all. Production on the sequel is set to begin in about six weeks (sometime in August). Del Toro and his crew will be doing their initial designs for the robots, kaiju, sets and such and then we’ll see where it goes from there.
And expect to see Pacific Rim 2 hit the big screen once April 7th of 2017 rolls around.
Source: Wall Street Journal