BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
While Warner Bros. and Disney’s Marvel Studios continue expanding their shared cinematic worlds, Universal is pushing back theirs. Following the release date announcements for Fast and Furious 8 and the two Fifty Shades of Grey sequels, the studio has rescheduled the start of its monster movie-verse by nine months.
Guillermo Del Toro is on a one-man mission to make sure that Pacific Rim 2 actually makes it to the big-screen. The Mexican director has already figured out where he wants to take the franchise, and he’s now explained where the sequel will pick up after the first.
When last we heard, Guillermo del Toro was planning on directing, and was working on a screenplay with Zak Penn. There were no holes in the ocean in the first movie. I can’t wait to see how they explain what we’re looking at in that amazing poster.
As for Pacific Rim 2, I asked Legendary experts if the Oculus Rift technology could factor in to Guillermo Del Toro’s sequel, as in, theater seats could be equipped with headsets that plunge audiences into the world of Rim.
“Strange little movie,” eh? That could mean anything coming from del Toro, who has brought us monsters and robots, ghosts and goblins, and very nearly Hobbits as well.
Guillermo Del Toro confessed he and collaborators Travis Beacham and Zak Penn have been brainstorming on where this epic battle could go for about a year and a half already.
In addition to the development of Pacific Rim 2, Del Toro and Legendary are also working on developing a new animated series based on the growing franchise and have plans to continue the comics that began with the graphic novel Pacific Rim: Year Zero.
You know how Pacific Rim went from zero chance of being a hit to becoming an actually decent grossing film? Remember when we thought there was no chance of there being a sequel? Once more, Guillermo del Toro is looking to prove the world wrong, and make it happy that it was in the first place.
The fact is, you'd be an idiot to turn down a Pacific Rim 2 outright, because who in Hollywood doesn't want to be in bed (figuratively!) with Guillermo Del Toro? But the first one just didn't produce a Return On Investment that the studio would have liked. It's numbers, people.
As Legendary prepares to launch a new Godzilla, and audiences’ attentions continue to focus on beasts emerging from the seas, you get he sense that the second Pacific Rim is inching closer and closer to the production pipeline.
We're more optimistic than ever that a sequel to Pacific Rim is possible, thanks to a big opening in China that boosted its international gross enough for Warner Bros. to chalk it up as a hit. So while we wait for the sequel to actually start moving, we can dig through some hints about what director Guillermo del Toro is planning to figure out what might happen. But don't assume he won't change his mind
Very few, if any at all, have managed to see Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, his massive robots-versus-monsters blockbuster that will storm theaters next summer. But here’s how you know that it’s a guaranteed smash hit long before a full trailer even hits screens: producers are getting the ball rolling on a sequel.