Filming for Pacific Rim: Uprising is currently underway and while not a lot is known about what exactly the movie is about, a new image, that doesn't show us very much, may actually tell us quite a bit. A set photo from the shoot in Australia only gives us a worn down sign, but the sign, combined with the comments by the director may give us an indication how the film will open.
The image comes from the Instagram page of Pacific Rim: Uprising director Steven DeKnight. It's a worn out warning sign on a piece of fence that fallen into disrepair. At first glance, it seems harmless. It's a sign from the Pan Pacific Defense Corps, the same organization that our heroes worked for in the first film. That would seem to be all we're looking at, but when you take into account the director's attached comments, that somebody is not paying attention to the warning signs, one has to wonder, who is that?
While we don't know a great deal about the plot of Pacific Rim: Uprising we have been told that the new film will pick up several years after the original. The indication is that the kaiju threat has not returned, at least not yet. If that's the case, then it could make sense that the Pan Pacific Defense Corps isn't really an active concern. The Jaeger's might all be sitting in mothballs behind a fence like this one. At least until somebody who doesn't pay attention to signs comes along and sneaks onto the base. Somebody like the film's hero, played by John Boyega.
John Boyega will play Jake Pentecost in Pacific Rim: Uprising, the son of Stacker Pentecost, the guy running the Pan Pacific Defense Corps in the first film and played by Idris Elba. Exactly how this fact will fit into the story is not clear, but the idea that he might sneak onto the base, to perhaps learn more about his father isn't a significant stretch.
Alternatively, we could be right about the idea of a character sneaking past the warning sign, but wrong about who is the one doing it. There are several new characters being introduced in Pacific Rim: Uprising and there appear to be even more returning characters than we previously thought. Either way, if it is true that there is no kaiju sized threat in the world at the beginning of Uprising it would make sense that the PPDC is in a state like this at the beginning of the story. It's not even entirely clear that the kaiju will be the ultimate enemy of the movie. It will certainly need to be something of Jaeger scale, but it could be something entirely new.
With over a year before Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theaters there's plenty of time to learn more about what's going on here, and why this sign is apparently so important.