For a while back then, no one was really sure if we would be getting a Pacific Rim 2 at all. But thanks to the last minute injection of some serious Chinese dollars, Legendary and Warner Bros decided there was still money to be made in massive robots fighting equally massive monsters.
With Pacific Rim 2 officially greenlit, we're starting to get the first trickle of details. Although we've yet to hear about any major plot points, one thing is for sure; Pacific Rim 2 will feel different from the original. In an interview with Collider to discuss the upcoming The Strain Blu-Ray release, director Guillermo del Toro talked about how things have changed since humanity closed the Rift. He explains:
It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It’s quite a jump.
However, don't be too upset the movie isn't opening with a big kaiju vs. robot battle. I can imagine this state of affairs doesn't last long. I mean, lengthy gratuitous CGI-filled mega-fights are kind of Pacific Rim's entire modus operandi.
We still don't know for sure if Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) will be returning for the sequel - although I think it's safe to assume they will be. What we do know though, is that del Toro is keen for some of his favorite characters to return, namely Charlie Day’s Dr. Newton Geiszler and Burn Gorman’s Gottlieb. He continued:
Yes. It’s quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really – I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn’s] in Crimson Peak for that reason, because I love working with him. You’re gonna get a lot of that, but the Kaijus are very different and you’re gonna see a very different type of the robots I think. It’s gonna be quite a different adventure.
This still leaves a lot of places for Pacific Rim 2 to go. Indeed, we originally heard that the sequel could involve hybrid Jaeger-Kaiju technology, which is sure to turn things up to eleven for the sequel.
Do we really need a Pacific Rim 2?