Guillermo Del Toro Working on Script for Pacific Rim Sequel
Guillermo del Toro revealed while promoting his new sci-fi/fantasy series, "The Strain," that he is already working on the script for the sequel to "Pacific Rim."
"I'm working very, very hard with [screenwriter] Zak Penn. We've been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film] was involved in the storyline and now I'm writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul." Travis Beacham is now working as a writer for FOX's "Hieroglyph," which will premiere in spring 2015.
The science fiction monster movie, which starred Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba, portrayed an attack on the human race by giant monsters called called Kaijus, who came to Earth through a portal in the Pacific Ocean, which drives the Pacific Rim countries to build giant robots called Jaegers to fight them. It was a surprise hit when it came out last year, grossing more than $411 million globally, compared to its $190 million budget, and earning critical acclaim. It currently holds a 72% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus: "It may sport more style than substance, but Pacific Rim is a solid modern creature feature bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun." In light of the film's success, a "Pacific Rim" sequel seems like a no-brainer. But it is technically only a passion project for now, as the project doesn't yet have funding from any major studios. "I don't have the money, but I'm proceeding like it is happening," del Toro said.
He also teased the general plotline of the potential sequel: "Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion. I'm going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one - but you will get really great spectacle."