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Guillermo Del Toro promises Pacific Rim 2 will be a very unique sequel

Jul. 3, 2014by: Alex Maidy

Last week came the exciting news that PACIFIC RIM 2 would be hitting theaters in 2017. Fans of the first film were undoubtedly excited to know we would some more kaiju versus jaeger action and much sooner than expected. In fact, Guillermo Del Toro will begin pre-production design work on the film later this year after he finishes work on the FX series THE STRAIN and his upcoming haunted house movie CRIMSON PEAK.

Del Toro spoke with The Wall Street Journal about how he and screenwriters Travis Beacham Zak Penn were finally able to find the right story for the monster movie follow-up.

"I said to Zak, lets keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speakIt was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie. Namely, for example The Drift, which was an interesting concept. [Then there was] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea. I dont want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. Theyre very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different."

I loved the unabashed popcorn movie feel of PACIFIC RIM but I also realize that it was a lot of mythology to fit into a single film. Del Toro built the sandbox for his supernatural world in last year's film and now he can just play around for the next one. Much like how HELLBOY II was able to tell a deeper story without having to worry about character origins, PACIFIC RIM 2 should be a vast improvement over the original. Here's to hoping he brings back Ron Perlman as well.

PACIFIC RIM 2 will hit theaters in 2017.

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6:59PM on 07/05/2014
I like what's happened to this site in the last month or so. It's like the movie lovers have taken it back from the art house weirdos. I've seen Transformers 4 defended ,and Pacific Rim hated on. I haven't been this happy with this site since about 2005 or 06. The first one was crap, just because Del Toro directed it, doesn't mean it's good. If this was a Michael Bay movie, it would have been the most hated on movie ever.
I like what's happened to this site in the last month or so. It's like the movie lovers have taken it back from the art house weirdos. I've seen Transformers 4 defended ,and Pacific Rim hated on. I haven't been this happy with this site since about 2005 or 06. The first one was crap, just because Del Toro directed it, doesn't mean it's good. If this was a Michael Bay movie, it would have been the most hated on movie ever.
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5:30AM on 07/05/2014
So what he is saying is that yes I understand the first movie was crap, story wise, so we are disregarding it. We are going to go in a whole new direction with the second one and maybe even have a character or two in the movie.

My biggest beef with Pacific Rim is the sheer idiocy of thought that went into building the Jeagers. Let see we can kill a monster with conventional weapons as was proven time and time again, but lets punch them instead of just shooting guided missiles at them from
So what he is saying is that yes I understand the first movie was crap, story wise, so we are disregarding it. We are going to go in a whole new direction with the second one and maybe even have a character or two in the movie.

My biggest beef with Pacific Rim is the sheer idiocy of thought that went into building the Jeagers. Let see we can kill a monster with conventional weapons as was proven time and time again, but lets punch them instead of just shooting guided missiles at them from planes 10000 feet in the air. Nuff Said
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4:10AM on 07/05/2014

I'm wondering..

I'm wondering now, after having seen PR and Godzilla, if big budget Kaiju can actually work.

I'm beginning to think that the appeal of the genre is the low-budget, often corny nature of the films. This comes from a man who has dreamed his entire life of making a big-budget Ultraman movie.
I'm wondering now, after having seen PR and Godzilla, if big budget Kaiju can actually work.

I'm beginning to think that the appeal of the genre is the low-budget, often corny nature of the films. This comes from a man who has dreamed his entire life of making a big-budget Ultraman movie.
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12:50PM on 07/04/2014
The first one had its moments, but I actually thought the fights were not that great. It was hard to see them (and I saw it in imax) and they were pretty short. The story (if you can call it that) was way too generic and the film was way too long - things like this should be 90 mins.
That being said, I like GDT and the movie wasn't a piece of garbage, so maybe they can fix some of those mistakes in part 2! More Kaiju is always good.
The first one had its moments, but I actually thought the fights were not that great. It was hard to see them (and I saw it in imax) and they were pretty short. The story (if you can call it that) was way too generic and the film was way too long - things like this should be 90 mins.
That being said, I like GDT and the movie wasn't a piece of garbage, so maybe they can fix some of those mistakes in part 2! More Kaiju is always good.
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12:28PM on 07/04/2014

Pass the popcorn please.

I love Del Toro's movies , and I had a blast watching Pacific Rim. I don't care if it was just a popcorn movie, I need those too.
I love Del Toro's movies , and I had a blast watching Pacific Rim. I don't care if it was just a popcorn movie, I need those too.
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11:03AM on 07/04/2014
Wasn't too thrilled with the first film.

Special effects with racial stereotypes, a thin to no story or plot lines does not a great movie make. (I sound like Yoda). Of course, those who are into the "Transformers" franchise might have felt at home, but I ask a little more of films, especially when I'm paying with my time and money.

I hope that del Toro's claim of the the next film being 'unique' means that there is actually a group of characters and a story that we care about. (They
Wasn't too thrilled with the first film.

Special effects with racial stereotypes, a thin to no story or plot lines does not a great movie make. (I sound like Yoda). Of course, those who are into the "Transformers" franchise might have felt at home, but I ask a little more of films, especially when I'm paying with my time and money.

I hope that del Toro's claim of the the next film being 'unique' means that there is actually a group of characters and a story that we care about. (They killed off Idris Elba's character who I thought was pretty interesting - and who probably should have been the lead - and who could have been more interesting if they expanded the character).
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11:28AM on 07/04/2014
I agree, the first one was rather boring for me and predictable. They spent their time on mythology and special effects and totally bombed when it came to keeping me interested.
I agree, the first one was rather boring for me and predictable. They spent their time on mythology and special effects and totally bombed when it came to keeping me interested.
8:25AM on 07/04/2014
The first film needed more to it than mechs punching monsters. The effects were great but the characters were pretty bland. If they can fix that then a sequel would be great - I certainly wouldn't begrudge someone as talented as del Toro another shot at nailing this thing.
The first film needed more to it than mechs punching monsters. The effects were great but the characters were pretty bland. If they can fix that then a sequel would be great - I certainly wouldn't begrudge someone as talented as del Toro another shot at nailing this thing.
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4:23AM on 07/04/2014

"Very unique"? =/

Unique means 'one of a kind', something can't be 'very unique'.
Unique means 'one of a kind', something can't be 'very unique'.
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4:03AM on 07/04/2014

pass

the first one was awful.
fuck this shit!
the first one was awful.
fuck this shit!
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9:38AM on 07/04/2014
"But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different."

I hope so. The first movie was crap.
"But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different."

I hope so. The first movie was crap.
10:44AM on 07/04/2014
Yes yes yes! Why don't ppl see that.
Yes yes yes! Why don't ppl see that.
3:23AM on 07/04/2014

My guess

I'm guessing the Jaegers will go through the portal and into the world of the Kaiju...
I'm guessing the Jaegers will go through the portal and into the world of the Kaiju...
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1:05AM on 07/04/2014
I hope unique means GOOD. B/c the first sucked!!!!
I hope unique means GOOD. B/c the first sucked!!!!
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2:44AM on 07/04/2014
Exactly! Why can't people see that?
Exactly! Why can't people see that?
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11:53PM on 07/03/2014
I wasn't really excited until you reminded me if Hellboy 2.
I wasn't really excited until you reminded me if Hellboy 2.
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11:20PM on 07/03/2014
I just couldn't get into this movie. I even liked the cast but the script was just not entertaining for me. A few battles were good but even they started to wear on me. Hope he can deliver with Mountains of Madness. I know lots love this film though so good for you guys getting a sequel. Think I will give Pacific Rim one more viewing. Maybe I just went in overhyped.
I just couldn't get into this movie. I even liked the cast but the script was just not entertaining for me. A few battles were good but even they started to wear on me. Hope he can deliver with Mountains of Madness. I know lots love this film though so good for you guys getting a sequel. Think I will give Pacific Rim one more viewing. Maybe I just went in overhyped.
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10:19PM on 07/03/2014
I just couldn't get into this movie. I even liked the cast but the script was just not entertaining for me. A few battles were good but even they started to wear on me. Hope he can deliver with Mountains of Madness. I know lots love this film though so good for you guys getting a sequel. Think I will give Pacific Rim one more viewing. Maybe I just went in overhyped.
I just couldn't get into this movie. I even liked the cast but the script was just not entertaining for me. A few battles were good but even they started to wear on me. Hope he can deliver with Mountains of Madness. I know lots love this film though so good for you guys getting a sequel. Think I will give Pacific Rim one more viewing. Maybe I just went in overhyped.
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10:19PM on 07/03/2014
They probably should have led with the Plasma Cannon.
They probably should have led with the Plasma Cannon.
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9:16PM on 07/03/2014

More!

Pacific Rim is so much fun to watch. Can't wait for more!
Pacific Rim is so much fun to watch. Can't wait for more!
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8:57PM on 07/03/2014
Pacific Rim 2 = Meaning... Another cheesy, corny p.o.s. like the first one.
Pacific Rim 2 = Meaning... Another cheesy, corny p.o.s. like the first one.
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9:30PM on 07/03/2014
says the dude with the temple of doom avatar pic . .
says the dude with the temple of doom avatar pic . .
11:00PM on 07/03/2014
I think any schmoe here would agree any Indy movie is infinite times better than Rim. Dare I say even the abomination that was Crystal Skull? Well maybe not. I went too far. Lol
I think any schmoe here would agree any Indy movie is infinite times better than Rim. Dare I say even the abomination that was Crystal Skull? Well maybe not. I went too far. Lol
12:46PM on 07/04/2014
Temple of Doom is a masterpiece actually and I think a lot people just didn't get it. It's different from Raiders (unlike Last Crusade and Skull which follow the basic formula). It stands on it's own as well as enhancing Raiders. Perfect prequel!.

The Warriors is also a masterpiece! Can you dig it?
Temple of Doom is a masterpiece actually and I think a lot people just didn't get it. It's different from Raiders (unlike Last Crusade and Skull which follow the basic formula). It stands on it's own as well as enhancing Raiders. Perfect prequel!.

The Warriors is also a masterpiece! Can you dig it?
8:29PM on 07/03/2014
I loved Pacific Rim. I understand the Transformers comparisons but I think they're wholly inaccurate. The Transformers films are made by a director with great contempt for the source material and its fans. Pacific Rim was made by a director with a deep respect and love for Tokusatsu, anime and manga. It shows.
I loved Pacific Rim. I understand the Transformers comparisons but I think they're wholly inaccurate. The Transformers films are made by a director with great contempt for the source material and its fans. Pacific Rim was made by a director with a deep respect and love for Tokusatsu, anime and manga. It shows.
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7:48PM on 07/03/2014
You heard it here first: Pacific Rim 2 will be a goofy road trip comedy
You heard it here first: Pacific Rim 2 will be a goofy road trip comedy
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8:53PM on 07/03/2014
All Jaegers require two pilots after all.
All Jaegers require two pilots after all.
11:42PM on 07/03/2014
So maybe a new Jaeger piloted by the first 3-person team......Ice Cube and his girlfriend's two bratty kids?
So maybe a new Jaeger piloted by the first 3-person team......Ice Cube and his girlfriend's two bratty kids?
4:12AM on 07/05/2014
I'm guessing a time-traveling inter-planetary adventure.
I'm guessing a time-traveling inter-planetary adventure.
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5:50PM on 07/03/2014
PacRim was made for the big screen and I loved that it knew what it was and reveled in it. I can't wait for the sequel.
PacRim was made for the big screen and I loved that it knew what it was and reveled in it. I can't wait for the sequel.
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5:49PM on 07/03/2014
Good news,can't wait to see it,but could you work on Hellboy 3.
Good news,can't wait to see it,but could you work on Hellboy 3.
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4:52PM on 07/03/2014
More Elbow Rocket!!!
More Elbow Rocket!!!
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5:08PM on 07/03/2014
Love the elbow rocket... the slowest punch in the whole film :)
Love the elbow rocket... the slowest punch in the whole film :)
4:30PM on 07/03/2014
Shut up, Guillermo. Go do that other sequel people actually want to see.
Shut up, Guillermo. Go do that other sequel people actually want to see.
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4:29PM on 07/03/2014

Well....

I guess del Toro got bored with Justice League Dark. I mean I shouldn't be surprised.
I guess del Toro got bored with Justice League Dark. I mean I shouldn't be surprised.
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