Pacific Rim 2 is currently in a bit of a limbo. Legendary Pictures has certainly shown interest in reviving Guillermo del Toro's epic monster vs machine mash-up, but at the time of writing there still hasn't been an official green-light for the project.
However, I think it's tentatively safe to say we will be seeing Jaeger and Kaiju go head-to-head in the future. Of course, it didn't always seem so likely. Although Pacific Rim didn't exactly perform terribly in the domestic box office, it certainly didn't break the bank, especially considering its $190 million budget. Luckily, thanks to the Asian movie market, Pacific Rim did end up making a relatively healthy profit, and it's because of this we might be getting a Pacific Rim 2.
At the moment, much of the information regarding the sequel is still in the realms of speculation and rumor. There seems to be a lot of different quotes and news scattered around the internet ether. For your interest and convenience here is everything we currently know about Pacific Rim 2, but beware spoilers are ahead.
Even before the release of Pacific Rim last year, was already drumming up interest for a sequel. Indeed, Entertainment Weekly were claiming the sequel was already green-lit, although the lackluster box office performance of the original seems to have cooled off movie executives a bit. However, we do know a script has been asked for and, according to del Toro, he was contacted by Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull before the premiere of Pacific Rim and asked if it could be a franchise. Del Toro explained:
He said, ‘Do you think you can come up with a great idea? I said, ‘F—, yeah!’ Because on the way to the finished screenplay, there were entire angles and ideas that we chopped off because they were too much.
Because of this we can expect work to already have been commenced on the script, but that doesn't mean a sequel is an absolute certainly. Writer Tracis Beacham tweeted last July:
@mjarbo We started on it a little while ago. No word on whether or not it will be greenlit.— Travis Beacham (@travisbeacham) July 22, 2013
Despite this, Beacham and del Toro (who will co-write) have released some tentative details about the potential plot for the sequel. It seems that both are eager to present something different from the first movie. Del Toro told Entertainment Weekly:
They’re a race of blind consumers grabbing planets, consuming them, and moving to the next. The idea [with the sequel] is to explore a little bit of that. I won’t spoil it, but I don’t think we’ll repeat a single beat from the first movie.
This was repeated in another interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Del Toro reiterated that Pacific Rim 2 would be breaking new ground. He explained:
We have plans that are pretty bold and pretty crazy. We would not be repeating anything from the first one. We would go to completely fresh territory.
Indeed, it seems one the major plot points of the sequel could be the merging of both Jaeger tech and Kaiju biology. In a Q&A session held around the time of Pacific Rim's release, del Toro threw out the idea of humans 'drifting' with the Kaiju. Pacific Rim already showed us that humans were capable of mentally connecting with the attacking monsters (although at great cost to themselves), and del Toro suggests this will become the central focus of the sequel. What does this practically mean? A part-mechanical-part-biological Jaeger-Kaiju hybrid? Can humans learn to control a Kaiju as they do a Jaeger? Could we see Kaiju on Kaiju action? We're still not sure. Regarding the Kaiju, del Toro hinted:
They have a hive mentality, meaning that if you ‘drift’ with a Kaiju brain, you are drifting with every Kaiju alive. Depending on the duration of the drift the information might be complete or incomplete, but the Kaiju know everything the human drifts with them knows. That’s as much as I can tell you without spoiling the sequel.
In another interview, he elaborated:
We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. Second thing is you're gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special.
In Pacific Rim, it was Newton Geiszler who pioneered the merging of human and Kaiju consciousness. , who plays Newton, has even suggested he might become a villain in the sequel. He stated:
I remember when I first met with him that he liked the idea of Newt becoming a bit of a villain in the second film.
However, it seems like this idea has since been abandoned. He continued:
But, I think over the course of making the film, and the way the character resonated with the audience, I don't think he would want to turn him into a villain now, but I really have no idea.
Unfortunately, Day isn't so sure Pacific Rim 2 will ever see the light of day. He added:
I also don't know if it would ever get made. I think because there's no one in a cape it might hurt our chances of making another one. We'll see. Look, I would love to do it.
Furthermore, there is also speculation that Pacific Rim 2 could in fact be a prequel. Although given what del Toro has previously said this seems unlikely, there does appear to at least be a prequel storyline in the mix. , who played Aussie Jaeger pilot Herc Hansen in Pacific Rim, explained:
Working with Guillermo (del Toro) was a highlight, and the green-screen work was new to me... It's funny, I fell in love with this character (Herc Hansen). The key component was this relationship I had with my son, exploring the dysfunction and the loss, so where does Herc go from here? I don't know. It'll be interesting to see where Guillermo (del Toro) and Travis Beacham take it. I don't know if it's a prequel or a sequel, but if it's a prequel you'll learn more about Herc's family history. But Guillermo has such a vivid imagination, it could go anywhere.
To add to this, there was also speculation that Travis Beacham's prequel comic, Tales From Year Zero could be the basis of the prequel. Although we haven't heard any word from Beacham or del Toro regarding this, it is worth pointing out that this quote is one of our most recent pieces of news regarding Pacific Rim 2.
Actress also hinted we could be seeing the return of in Pacific Rim 2. This would be quite unusual as he seemed to die in the original movie. Of course, he could return in a prequel, although FilmSchoolRejects hypothesized that Mako could perhaps still communicate with Pentecost thanks to some kind of residual 'drift' connection. Not so sure about that myself, but it is an idea.
Other discarded ideas from Pacific Rim could also potentially make their way into Pacific Rim 2. For example, a Mexican Jaeger was apparently cut from the original movie due to timing and budgeting constraints. It seems del Toro developed quite an interesting backstory for the pilots and perhaps he'll be inclined to add it to a sequel. He explained:
We basically couldn’t afford it. He was the most expensive Jaeger. We had a Mexican Jaeger with two ex-convicts that got a deal. They told them that,’If you drive a Jaeger one more time, we’ll give you freedom.’ But it was just too many backstories.
So there you have it. Currently, that is all we know about a Pacific Rim 2. Unfortunately, it looks set to stay that way for sometime. Although work commenced on the script before Pacific Rim even hit theaters, these things often take a long time to complete, especially with del Toro's famously busy schedule. He told EW:
It will take us a while to develop. I don’t think the screenplay will come out so quick. It took us a year and a half to do this script, and It’ll take us at least two years to develop the other script.
Regardless, Pacific Rim 2 certainly seems like a project del Toro is determined to see become a reality. Although it wasn't a global blockbuster, he certainly seems like he wants to reward fans who fell in love with the story:
The decision to greenlight or not, that's definitely above my pay rate. It does. To me, what was beautiful and flattering was how people saw the movie not once or twice but three, four times or more. People that love it, love it with great passion. So I would love to continue telling stories about that world.
What do you think? Are there any ideas here you really love, or do you have some ideas for the sequel? Drop your comments and suggestions below.