With Godzilla about to stomp into theaters, my mind wanders to that other great monster-fest (with added robots), Pacific Rim. The Guillermo del Toro directed sci-fi-action-destruct-athon is in a bit of a weird position at the moment. The film certainly did good at the box office - not great, but good - and since then there was been speculative talk about a sequel.
Although Pacific Rim did make $400,000,000 globally, it almost flopped in the domestic market, only finally being saved by the last minute injection of Chinese cash. This figure might be enough to persuade studio heads to greenlight a sequel, especially considering the franchise has much more recognition now. However, it looks like there might be other obstacles in the way of Pacific Rim 2 - namely the story. In an interview with IAmRogue, producer Thomas Tull explained the situation:
Here’s the deal. We’re very close with [director Guillermo del Toro]. He’s doing Crimson Peak for us right now. With the amount of money that we did on Pacific Rim, over $400 million, it didn’t quite hit our expectations, but it did better than a lot of other films. If there’s another great story to tell with Guillermo then we’re all over it because we think it’s really hard to create one of these things from scratch. The movie did really well on home video and merchandise, and it certainly has a big international following. We’re not just going to do Pacific Rim 2 just to do it. Right now we’re talking to Guillermo del Toro. If we can crack the story, we all think it’s great, and it’s him at the helm, then fantastic. But right now there’s nothing going on officially to proclaim.
Clearly this is the right way to go about it. Pacific Rim doesn't seem to be a tentpole franchise for Legendary Pictures, so there is likely much less pressure to produce a movie to the specifications of the studio heads. With this in mind, Guillermo del Toro and writer Travis Beachem can concentrate on delivering a sequel with a good story and not just a generic cash-in job. We've already heard a few ideas and elements that might make it into a sequel, although it's unclear how many of them have survived to any current drafts.
What do you think? Are you pleased Pacific Rim 2 is still kind of alive?
Does Pacific Rim really need a sequel?