Guillermo del Toro is a busy man with a great work ethic it seems. With his recent announcement that he has finished and handed in the script for Warner Bros. tentatively proposed Justice League Dark adaptation, and having wrapped filming for his next directorial feature Crimson Peak (set for an October 17 2015 release), now – during promotional rounds for the DVD and Blu-ray release of FX’s The Strain – he has also been discussing the Pacific Rim 2 script that he has been developing (…does this man ever sleep, seriously?!). Guillermo has been elaborating on some plot details for the follow-up to the International Kaiju smashing blockbuster hit Pacific Rim, and it sound like we are going to be seeing more of Charlie Day’s Dr. Newton Geiszler, and Burn Gorman’s Gottlieb.
Guillermo has announced that they have been written into the script and that some of the characters from the original film will not be back for the sequel – although there is a chance some could return for the third installment. So, it’s going to be a different movie to the first one (…which is always nice to hear), with Day and Gorman featuring more prominently in the second part of the Jaeger vs. Kaiju big-screen sequel, which has since had a healthy boost with the official announcement as well as a concrete release date in 2017.
Speaking with Collider, the director stated that the second installment will start off a couple of years after the end of the first movie:
It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It’s quite a jump.
He then elaborates that he is making more room for Day’s and Gorman’s Characters:
It’s quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really – I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn’s] in Crimson Peak for that reason, because I love working with him. You’re gonna get a lot of that, but the Kaijus are very different and you’re gonna see a very different type of the robots I think. It’s gonna be quite a different adventure.
Also, whilst del Toro is penning the first treatment of the script, he will be working alongside original screenwriter Travis Beacham, with the two overseeing the development of the franchise and Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand) eventually finishing the script for the sequel.
There was quite a mixed crowd reaction when Pacific Rim opened to mostly positive reviews last summer (72% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), and comparing this to the last installment of Michael Bay’s transformers (…yes, the two franchises are completely different thematically, but both feature giant robots) – it is a solid film. Most of the comedic elements came from the two argumentative scientists Dr Newton Geiszler and Gottlieb, so it will be interesting to see what kind of tone the second film is going to have. However, the idea that it is going to be slightly different and not a complete rehash of the first film is good news, but that was to be expected from del Toro (just like Hellboy and Hellboy: The Golden Army were tonally different). What do you reckon peeps?
They are hoping that the script will be finished in spring 2015, with a provisional shooting date set for sometime at the end of 2015.
Via – Film.com