At the end of the first Pacific Rim movie, the inter-dimensional breach was finally sealed, ensuring that humanity was safe from the threat of the alien Kaiju. However, it seems that the apocalypse needs to be delayed once more, as a sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's hit film is currently in production.
For a while though, it seemed like #PacificRim2 would never see the light of day. Mixed reviews and low domestic earnings for the first film spelt trouble. Fortunately, the film was a huge hit overseas, grossing $112 million alone in China alone. Eventually, Pacific Rim earned $407 million worldwide, easily recouping its $190 million budget to become the most successful live-action original movie of 2013.
Inevitably, a sequel was green-lit, ensuring that everyone's favorite Jaeger pilots will return once again to fight giant monsters in their giant robot suits. Yes, Pacific Rim is all kinds of ridiculous and yes, we are beyond excited to see what the sequel has in store! So join us as we break down everything we know so far about the monster mecha mash-up to end all monster mecha mash-ups.
'Pacific Rim: Uprising' News, Rumors & Updates
In recent Pacific Rim: Uprising news, director Steve D. Knight has revealed the official logo on his Instagram account, keeping us pumped for the film's official release date on February 23, 2018.
After months of waiting, star John Boyega has provided us with our first official glimpse of Pacific Rim: Uprising on his Twitter account.
The caption “I am Pentecost 2018” confirms that Boyega will play the son of Idris Elba's Stacker Pentecost who died heroically at the end of the first film. However, the picture itself raises a number of questions, including: where was this image taken? Has Boyega's character suffered through hard times? And, most importantly: where the hell are the Kaiju?
What Will 'Pacific Rim 2' Be Called?
As any self-respecting film fan should know by now, sequels are guaranteed to earn approximately 50 billion dollars more if studios replace the number with a suitably dramatic suffix. After all, how else can they distract audiences from the fact that sequels usually aren't as good as the originals?
In line with this time-honoured tradition, star John Boyega has announced on Instagram that Pacific Rim 2 will now be known officially as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, confirming long-held suspicions about the movie's title.
Update: Since then, the title has been officially changed to Pacific Rim: Uprising, providing potential clues for the direction of the narrative.
What Will The Story Be?
Predictably, the cast and crew of Pacific Rim 2 are being rather secretive about the plot specifics, but what we do know is that the sequel will be set a couple of years after the original. It's likely that the film will open on a positive note, depicting a world where Jaeger pilots no longer need to protect the world from the Kaiju threat — but we all know that won't last for long.
Reports suggest that Dr. Newton "Newt" Geiszler and Dr. Herman Gottlieb will play an important role in the sequel, leading some fans to believe that Newt's experiences inside the minds of the Kaiju may have disturbed him psychologically, potentially turning him to the dark side.
We've also been told that the origins of the monsters will be explored in more detail, so it seems likely that Newt's connection with the Kaiju will kick start the inevitable conflict. It certainly looks like the Jaeger pilots will have to cancel their retirement plans.
Who Will Write 'Pacific Rim 2'?
Pacific Rim is Del Toro's pet project, so he will remain the creative force behind the upcoming sequel. However, the producer's initial draft has since been worked on by co-writer Derek Connolly, whose upcoming credits include Jurassic World 2 and Kong: Skull Island.
As if terrifying dinosaurs and giant gorillas weren't monstrous enough, Connolly can now add anime-inspired aliens from another dimension to his monstrous portfolio. Connolly's work on the first Jurassic World script divided critics, but the film earned over $1 billion dollars worldwide, so Pacific Rim 2 seems to be in pretty safe hands.
Who Will Direct 'Pacific Rim 2'?
Del Toro's hard at work on a number of projects right now, which unfortunately means he's unable to return to the directors chair for Pacific Rim 2. The franchise is still clearly a labor of love for him though, as Del Toro will remain onboard in an executive producer role.
Genre fans will be happy to learn that Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Steve DeKnight has stepped up to replace Del Toro as director. Daredevil was a phenomenal success for both Marvel and Netflix alike, featuring some of the best action sequences ever seen on TV. Although DeKnight hasn't helmed a feature film yet, Pacific Rim 2 looks like it could be the perfect place to start.
Who Are The New Stars Of 'Pacific Rim 2'?
Charlie Hunnam took a break from causing anarchy on the small screen to star in the original Pacific Rim. But the news that John Boyega has been cast fresh off his stint in Star Wars: The Force Awakens suggests that Pacific Rim 2 has found itself a new lead character.
Boyega will play the son of Stacker Pentecost, Idris Elba's character who memorably delivered this kickass speech from the original.
Boyega won't have much time to mourn his fictional father's passing though, as the up-and-coming actor will also co-produce the film alongside Femi Oguns, Legendary’s Thomas Tull, del Toro, Mary Parent and Jon Jashni.
While we're disappointed that this role probably kept Boyega from joining the cast of Black Panther, as rumors suggested a few months ago, we still share Del Toro's positive sentiments regarding the casting choice:
“I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox. The 'Pacific Rim' universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn’t think of a better man for the job.”
Boyega will also be joined by a new female lead, 18-year-old pop starlet Cailee Spaeny, who's only appeared in two films to date, but is set for big things once Pacific Rim 2 hits cinemas.
Check out the trailer for Spaeny's award winning short Counting To 1000 below:
Will The Rest Of The Original 'Pacific Rim' Cast Return?
Del Toro originally confirmed that Pacific Rim 2 would feature a number of returning characters, explaining that:
“No, no, no, Charlie Day has a great part but so does Charlie Hunnam. I think that everybody or most everybody that survived is back. The rest we killed. We killed half the cast.”
However, it's since been revealed that Charlie Hunnam won't return for Pacific Rim 2 now, suggesting that his character Raleigh is either A.W.O.L. Or K.I.A. However, that doesn't mean we've seen the last of Hunnam's partner in crime, Rinko Kikuchi's character Mako Mori.
Plot points are unclear at this time, but Kikuchi's breakout role in the original was one of the film's highlights, so we hope she'll be given a more prominent part for the sequel.
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When Will 'Pacific Rim 2' Be Released?
This is the big question here, folks. Pacific Rim 2 has had a more troubled production than most, remaining in development hell since 2014. The film was originally scheduled for release in August 2017, but Warner Bros. pushed Pitch Perfect 3 to this slot instead. Great news for fans of acapella pop, but not so good if you enjoy watching anime-inspired monsters wrestle giant robots.
However, the dust seems to have settled as Warner Bros. have now confirmed that #PacificRimUprising will officially hit cinemas on February 23, 2018. In the meantime, relive the joys of the first film with this trailer and then picture how incredible it could be if Godzilla popped up to wreak even more havoc. This is genuinely a thing that could be happening in Pacific Rim 3.
What would you like to see happen in Pacific Rim: Uprising?