Pacific Rim certainly had its detractors, but for the most part the unashamedly bombastic monsters vs. robots showdown was loved by audiences and critics alike. However, a sequel was by no means a certainty, and for a long time it seemed very precarious regarding whether or not we'd get one.
Over the last few months we've heard encouraging news about a potential Pacific Rim 2, and now, thanks to Guillermo del Toro and Comic-Con, we've learned that a filming schedule has been laid out.
While chatting to Yahoo at the San Diego Comic-Con, director del Toro revealed filing was due to begin this November, while the various designs of the robots and kaijus are still currently underway. The Crimson Peak helmer also revealed he is currently deep into planning an "epic battle" to close the second film. If the battles of the first film are anything to go by, 'epic' might actually be an understatement. Check out the interview below:
There has been no official casting or story news as of yet, although we can glean a little bit from information revealed by del Toro and screenwriters Travis Beacham and Zak Penn. Earlier this year, del Toro revealed:
"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.”
Currently, Pacific Rim 2 is set for a release date of August 4, 2017.