Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic Pacific Rim blasted through the box-office last year, taking in over $400 million dollars globally. So chances are you've seen it. And chances are, you'll want to see another one.
[Pacific Rim](movie:204401), we saw the world on the verge of a total apocalypse. Humans were at war with the Kaiju, monstrous sea creatures who for years had wreaked total havoc on the planet. An intervention was needed and it came from an unlikely duo - a washed-up pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested rookie (Rinko Kikuchi) who teamed up to pilot a legendary but aged robot.
Del Toro called the movie "a beautiful poem to giant monsters", and it really was. It was certainly much more than your average summer sci-fi blockbuster, and perhaps that is because of the passion Del Toro had for the epic project. It was a complete labor of love for the visionary director, and he truly wanted the movie be a homage to ‘Japanese giant monster films,’ known as 'daikaiju eiga'.
The attention to detail was reflected in the how the film was constructed. Sure, the film incorporated a lot of CGI work, but Del Toro opted to shoot some elements in live-action:
"We built a whole street of Tokyo and rigged it with pneumatic shockers, so every time the monster took a step, the whole street would shake, the cars would jump, the walls would shake. Normally those would be digital."
I'm really hoping he makes another one, and I wanted to find out whether there was any truth to the rumors that there might be a sequel.
It turns out that there is hope! Thomas Tull, producer and CEO at Legendary pictures, is getting ready to go into talks with director del Toro about the sequel. He was obviously massively impressed with how well the movie did, and feels that people really engaged with it.
Tull told Collider:
“We love being in business with Guillermo and frankly that movie, if you look it up, did, I think, more business than the first X-Men, did more than Batman Begins, our first movie, did more than Superman Returns, The Fast and the Furious, Star Trek- so for a movie that was an original property that we made up it’s done really well."
You can't ignore the fact that it did so well, but can del Toro produce another one like it?
"It did north of 400 million dollars globally and both the home video sales and the merchandise have way over-indexed, so it seems like fans really loved the world. So we’re going to sit down with Guillermo and as long as we think it’s authentic and there’s something to say, we’re certainly open to it.”
Apparently, the sequel to Pacific Rim is already being written by del Toro and co-writer Travis Beachem, though it has not yet gotten the greenlight. Let's hope his talks with Tull will give the sequel the official status we're hoping for!