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A sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim has been locked in for an April 3rd, 2017 release date, but it looks as though the filmmaker is already planning beyond that.

While doing press for The Book of Life, del Toro told Collider he is planning on making a third Pacific Rim and is building links to it in the upcoming sequel.

Said del Toro:

"We got the first draft of the movie now, and we are going to spend another 4-5 months on the screenplay before we start pre-production. We start pre-production next year in August-September and start shooting November-December next year."

"The direction we're going in is very different from the first. All I can say is some of your favorite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say 'Let's hope we have three movies,' so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one. I hope people like it, but you're going to get a very different experience from the first one."

While nothing is 100% official at this time, chances are good we'll probably see the likes of Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and possibly even Ron Perlman returning for Pacific Rim 2.

An animated series is also in the works that will bridge the gap between the first two movies, similarly to what Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment did with 2008's Batman: Gotham Knight.

(Source: Collider)

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