Although the first Pacific Rim didn’t ignite the cinematic fire that the studio had hoped, it did well enough for Legendary Pictures to green-light a sequel. The as-yet unnamed Pacific Rim sequel is currently being written by director Guillermo del Toro and his collaborator Zack Pen, who say that the sequel will be “quite different” from the original film.
In an Interview with the Wall Street Journal, Guillermo del Toro talked about what we can expect to see in the follow-up. “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”, which was an interesting concept. And 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.”
Del Toro also spoke about the planned animated Pacific Rim series, which will act as a prequel and will follow the individual stories of Jaeger pilots working in the Shatterdome and their training as cadets learning to become Jaeger pilots. The series will debut in 2016, and will spend its first season setting up the second film. The plot will also act as a continuation to Travis Beachman’s graphic novel prequel , “Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero”. Beachman’s graphic novel story will continue later this year with a comic book series, which will also help to explore the Pacific Rim universe more.
Del Toro said, “So by the time the second movie comes out, you will have probably one year of the animation airing, and you will have three years of the comic book series ongoing, so we are trying for all these things to be canon, to be in the same universe, to not wing anything, so that if anyone … a lot of kids, for example, have discovered ‘Pacific Rim’ through the toys. They come in through the toys, and then they watch the movie, and then they learn this, they learn that through the movie or the comic book series, so we’re trying to make it canon so we can expand the universe. And by the time we come into the second movie, you have a good feel for the world, and we can dedicate ourselves to character and ideas and spectacle.”
Del Toro adds, “We are creating some new jaegers and a lot of new kaiju.”