Guillermo del Toro has a justified reputation as one of the busiest men in Hollywood. There never seems to be a time in this guy's career when he hasn't had a half dozen irons in the fire. While his gothic haunted house pic [Crimson Peak](movie:774042) is set to debut just before Halloween this year, and we're closer than we've ever been to seeing his long promised H.P. Lovecraft adaptation [At the Mountains of Madness](movie:41557), the persistent talk coming from Camp Del Toro is the continuing saga of his Jaeger-rific world in [Pacific Rim 2](movie:775756).
While it is still scheduled for release in April of 2017, there has been reason to hope for a [Pacific Rim Cartoon](series:1604488) to show up before then and catch us up on the state of affairs between those other worldly Kaiju and the Jaegers built to stop them from taking over our planet. Del Toro elaborated:
"What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun.”
Pacific Rim 2 is set to pick up a few years after the events of the first film and it sounds like we'll start off in a Kaiju-free world where the Jaegers are on the verge of becoming unnecessary. Del Toro has given us a sense of what to expect in that yes, the rift between worlds was indeed successfully closed off at the end of the first one but that doesn't mean the Kaiju threat is completely gone.
"The main idea that we're bouncing off is the fact that Newt drifted with a Kaiju brain, and all Kaiju brains are connected. We say that. They are like a hive mentality. So, you know, draw your own conclusions."
Del Toro has confirmed that scientist duo of Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) are indeed set to return, even admitting that the odd couple scientists are his favorite Pacific Rim characters to write for. How easy is it to imagine the first signs of the re-emerging Kaiju threat being picked up through Geiszler's messed up brain? Cue his ensuing panic and frantically trying to convince everyone else that a new apocalypse is looming and in need of some Jaeger canceling. Rev up Gipsy 2.0!
All this means we should expect to hear more about the cartoon in the near future as animation on a Pacific Rim scale will take some time to complete. If the entire 13 episode series is going to come out before the sequel things should start falling into place, with details emerging soon.
What is great about Guillermo Del Toro is that he's not shy about coming off as being just as big a giddy fanboy as the rest of us. He has also talked about Pacific Rim 2 leading into a third film and the possibilities of an eventual face-off with the other big Legendary Pictures star, Godzilla. He's also spiced these bits up by talking about Kaiju merging with Jaeger technology in some fashion. What do you think? Is MECHAGODZILLA on the way courtesy of Pacific Rim?