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Guillermo Del Toro says he's writing Pacific Rim sequel, although not greenlit by studio

Oct. 16, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Talking to IGN for the release of PACIFIC RIM on blu-ray/DVD this week, director Guillermo Del Toro updated on a few of his many projects, particularly a sequel to his jaeger vs. kaiju smash-em-up from this past summer. Although not the box office extravaganza the studio had hoped for, the film still managed to pull in north of $400 million worldwide, which isn't exactly chump change. Del Toro also gave brief updates on his PINOCCHIO film, his desire to do a Frankenstein movie, and what his slate looks like for the next few years.

In terms of a sequel to PACIFIC RIM, Del Toro had this to say:

No, we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.

He elaborated on his passion for the franchise, saying:

To me, what was beautiful and flattering was how people saw the movie not once or twice but three, four times or more. People that love it, love it with great passion. So I would love to continue telling stories about that world.

The director has been interested in a Frankenstein film for some time, but is tied up for the next few years, saying:

You know, I hope it [Frankenstein] does [happen], in the right way and the right moment. Every time I get with Universal, we talk about doing it, and then for whatever reason something else takes over. Right now, I’m busy for the next two years, between finishing The Strain and doing Crimson Peak. So it just happens like that. Your life leapfrogs a couple of years, if not more, when you’re a filmmaker. When you’re a filmmaker that generates his own projects, for sure.

As for PINOCCHIO, Del Toro updates on the project, saying that it looks like a money issue:

We have a large part of the financing in place. One of the partners we had simply stopped making films. We are looking for a new partner, and hopefully it will happen. It’s always serendipity, which project happens and which one doesn’t.

Del Toro is notorious for working on a cavalcade of projects at once. Some not mentioned are his planned HBO series, the Justice League Dark film, and a Hulk TV series. I seriously don't know how this guy ever sleeps. That said, as a fan of PACIFIC RIM and one of those who saw it multiple times in the theater, I'm game for another and hope it comes together. It's a really great throwback flick with ridiculous and awesome moments that fit well within the genre. There's just not enough well-made films like it.

PACIFIC RIM is out on blu-ray/DVD this week. Get your copy here!

Extra Tidbit: What would you like to see happen in a Pacific Rim sequel?
Source: IGN

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9:02AM on 10/18/2013
While I enjoyed Pacific Rim alot I'd rather have him work on other titles. Gives us some mountain of madness, a new hellboy, or get the justice leauge dark film in gear!!
While I enjoyed Pacific Rim alot I'd rather have him work on other titles. Gives us some mountain of madness, a new hellboy, or get the justice leauge dark film in gear!!
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1:17AM on 10/18/2013

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Pacific Rim was stupid, terrible, awful, etc. A sequel is extremely unnecessary.
Pacific Rim was stupid, terrible, awful, etc. A sequel is extremely unnecessary.
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12:21AM on 10/18/2013

Why Guillermo?

WHY?
WHY?
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6:49PM on 10/17/2013
I don't get why so many people hate on del toro. you can say this was unoriginal because of transformers. but this kind of stuff has been around for a very long time. get used to it man. Big movies are gonna have BIG GIANT ROBOTS. And big huge MONSTERS. like godzilla, which I can't wait for.
I don't get why so many people hate on del toro. you can say this was unoriginal because of transformers. but this kind of stuff has been around for a very long time. get used to it man. Big movies are gonna have BIG GIANT ROBOTS. And big huge MONSTERS. like godzilla, which I can't wait for.
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3:16PM on 10/17/2013
The one thing I'd love to see the sequel do is this-

Have the majority of fights be in broad fucking daylight, with nary a cloud in the sky!
The one thing I'd love to see the sequel do is this-

Have the majority of fights be in broad fucking daylight, with nary a cloud in the sky!
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3:21PM on 10/17/2013
yeah but then he cant cover up the shoddy CGI
yeah but then he cant cover up the shoddy CGI
2:32PM on 10/17/2013

I didn't get this movie either, I expected much more from Del Toro

This movie I thought could work if Del Toro was able to tap into the massive appeal that makes the mecha genre so appealing in the East, but the whole thing was just so average and felt so forced into trying to make sense, it didn't know if it was trying to be satirical or serious sci-fi, resulting it being neither, Charlie Hunnam is the worst actor of all the cast from Sons of Anarchy, but I guess he got to Del Toro through Pearlman. The only cool part, was just the grandiosity of the robots
This movie I thought could work if Del Toro was able to tap into the massive appeal that makes the mecha genre so appealing in the East, but the whole thing was just so average and felt so forced into trying to make sense, it didn't know if it was trying to be satirical or serious sci-fi, resulting it being neither, Charlie Hunnam is the worst actor of all the cast from Sons of Anarchy, but I guess he got to Del Toro through Pearlman. The only cool part, was just the grandiosity of the robots fighting on the ocean floor, if the movie consisted of mainly fight/war battle scenes of the scale, it would have been good, because it would capitalize on the appeal of the movie is about, BIG FIGHTING ROBOTS, fuck the drama, not needed here and weighed the whole movie down.
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2:30PM on 10/17/2013

its gonna be tough

this movie cost north of $200 million dollars with a marketing budget even more and it only made $400 million, because according to the director the same people saw the movie multiple times. That's even worse news if no one saw it more than once, now the studio by the directors own admission has said the movie wouldn't even done nearly as well if it wasn't for the same people seeing the movie repeatedly who obviously were fans of him the genre or just themovie itself. Without a doubt this movie
this movie cost north of $200 million dollars with a marketing budget even more and it only made $400 million, because according to the director the same people saw the movie multiple times. That's even worse news if no one saw it more than once, now the studio by the directors own admission has said the movie wouldn't even done nearly as well if it wasn't for the same people seeing the movie repeatedly who obviously were fans of him the genre or just themovie itself. Without a doubt this movie bombed, when you lose to the Heat (which made more money that Rim) you know its not good and its backed up by the fact the studio hasnt green lighted it yet nor did they do it right away. In the end $400 million is nice, but not when you spent $250 million as opposed to something like the Heat which cost like $20 million to make and market (and again you lost to it). It will be a gutsy decision.
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8:56AM on 10/17/2013
Pacific Rim is something I will never understand. It was riddled with plot holes, sub par acting, a lame story, very little action, and the action that was there was very clunky. I am 100% convinced that it's fanboy's hard on for Del Toro that makes them want more of this movie. The reason this movie failed in the States is because this was supposed to be original. But it was the farthest thing from. Audiences (beside internet movie hipsters with no opinion of there own, they just go by what
Pacific Rim is something I will never understand. It was riddled with plot holes, sub par acting, a lame story, very little action, and the action that was there was very clunky. I am 100% convinced that it's fanboy's hard on for Del Toro that makes them want more of this movie. The reason this movie failed in the States is because this was supposed to be original. But it was the farthest thing from. Audiences (beside internet movie hipsters with no opinion of there own, they just go by what Rotten Tomatoes say's) are happy with movies like Transformers. The acting is fine, not great, the action is top notch along with the effects. The story and characters are fun and likable, regardless of what critics will have you believe. If Pacific Rim was made by Del Toro but they lied and said made by Michael Bay, everyone would've trashed this movie. Then if it came out that Del Toro made it everyone would say, "well it wasn't so bad after a second watch."
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12:42AM on 10/17/2013

Definitely deserves another chance with the American audiences

Nothing gets American asses in a movie theater seat like a sequel. The first one was such great mindless fun with some genuinely beautiful moments, and when I say mindless, I don't mean that as an insult. Del Toro knows exactly what he was doing here, he didn't want to overcomplicate the plot, just simple, straightforward, great fun that kids and adults could enjoy.

If more parents took their kids to the first movie, kids would've gone crazy over it. Parents think twice now over big summer
Nothing gets American asses in a movie theater seat like a sequel. The first one was such great mindless fun with some genuinely beautiful moments, and when I say mindless, I don't mean that as an insult. Del Toro knows exactly what he was doing here, he didn't want to overcomplicate the plot, just simple, straightforward, great fun that kids and adults could enjoy.

If more parents took their kids to the first movie, kids would've gone crazy over it. Parents think twice now over big summer pg-13 blockbusters because most of them have very dark mature themes. I think maybe the second time around it will catch on more.

Plus Idris Elba is fucking badass.
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2:33PM on 10/17/2013
then it made less money than the Heat....I guess America cant have a sequel if it didnt care about the original in the first place
then it made less money than the Heat....I guess America cant have a sequel if it didnt care about the original in the first place
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11:49PM on 10/16/2013

"What would you like to see happen in a Pacific Rim sequel?"

Honestly, I'd find a better actor than Charlie Hunnam to be in it.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Pacific Rim. And maybe he's better in other projects. I just felt he was wooden and uncomfortable in this movie.
Honestly, I'd find a better actor than Charlie Hunnam to be in it.

Don't get me wrong, I loved Pacific Rim. And maybe he's better in other projects. I just felt he was wooden and uncomfortable in this movie.
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10:28PM on 10/16/2013
Here's what should make a Pacific Rim sequel better:
- Daytime jaeger vs. kaiju battle. Some criticize that the reason Del Toro set most fights during night time or in dark places is to cover up the bad CGI. I don't agree, but their reasoning make sense. He just need to prove them wrong.
- Better designed Jaegers. Truth be told, as a mecha fan I'm not too crazy about Gypsy Danger's design. It looks way too Real Steel for me. Loved Striker Eureka and Cherno Alpha, it's a shame that the latter
Here's what should make a Pacific Rim sequel better:
- Daytime jaeger vs. kaiju battle. Some criticize that the reason Del Toro set most fights during night time or in dark places is to cover up the bad CGI. I don't agree, but their reasoning make sense. He just need to prove them wrong.
- Better designed Jaegers. Truth be told, as a mecha fan I'm not too crazy about Gypsy Danger's design. It looks way too Real Steel for me. Loved Striker Eureka and Cherno Alpha, it's a shame that the latter and all other jaegers told in the flashbacks are pushovers.
- Upgradeable mecha. I just find it disappointing that the creatures were evolving but the Jaegers just come out with default configurations everytime a kaiju shows up. No wonder they keep getting their asses kicked.
- Del Toro teased about fusion between kaiju and jaeger. At least try not to make this into a blatant Evangelion ripoff, please.
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9:22PM on 10/16/2013
Hellboy 3, please. NOW. Ron Perlman isn't getting any younger.
Hellboy 3, please. NOW. Ron Perlman isn't getting any younger.
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5:02AM on 10/17/2013
Do it! Come on! I have MONEY $$$! Come on! Do it now! While it's not to late! C'mon do it now!
Do it! Come on! I have MONEY $$$! Come on! Do it now! While it's not to late! C'mon do it now!
2:34PM on 10/17/2013
I know right the one movie we want to see form him and he isnt making it.
I know right the one movie we want to see form him and he isnt making it.
6:56PM on 10/16/2013

Do it!

Would LOVE a sequel. Can't believe the garbage people spent money on instead of this movie. (Purge, Grown-ups, After Earth) This was an actual FUN movie with jaw dropping scenes.
Would LOVE a sequel. Can't believe the garbage people spent money on instead of this movie. (Purge, Grown-ups, After Earth) This was an actual FUN movie with jaw dropping scenes.
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5:33PM on 10/16/2013

No H3

That means if PR 2 is going to be a hit, a part 3 will follow. And we'll have to wait for a decade for Hellboy 3.
It's going to turn into "Michael Bay's Bad Boys 3 limbo situation".
That means if PR 2 is going to be a hit, a part 3 will follow. And we'll have to wait for a decade for Hellboy 3.
It's going to turn into "Michael Bay's Bad Boys 3 limbo situation".
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5:06PM on 10/16/2013
I will always support any online content promoting the possibility of a Pacific Rim sequel. Bring it, please. Bought the blu-ray yesterday.
I will always support any online content promoting the possibility of a Pacific Rim sequel. Bring it, please. Bought the blu-ray yesterday.
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3:34PM on 10/16/2013
Pacific Rim was super fun. I'm in for more, but I want to know what the hell is going on with At the Mountains of Madness?
Pacific Rim was super fun. I'm in for more, but I want to know what the hell is going on with At the Mountains of Madness?
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3:01PM on 10/16/2013
Although I'm sure he'll be able to come up with a good script, I think they really missed a great opportunity: the first movie should have been about when they first appeared. Then the sequel could be the film we got earlier this year.
Although I'm sure he'll be able to come up with a good script, I think they really missed a great opportunity: the first movie should have been about when they first appeared. Then the sequel could be the film we got earlier this year.
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2:14PM on 10/16/2013
I think Guillermo del Toro and team have created a really cool living, breathing world with its own rich mythology that just begs to be given more attention. But yes, a third Hellboy film please. And Justice League Dark. The guy always has a lot on his plate.
I think Guillermo del Toro and team have created a really cool living, breathing world with its own rich mythology that just begs to be given more attention. But yes, a third Hellboy film please. And Justice League Dark. The guy always has a lot on his plate.
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2:09PM on 10/16/2013

AMAZING

I wanttttt more way more pacific rim movies.
I wanttttt more way more pacific rim movies.
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1:52PM on 10/16/2013

Flogging a dead horse, but...

...get going on Hellboy III already! It's sad that he doesn't seem interested.
...get going on Hellboy III already! It's sad that he doesn't seem interested.
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1:51PM on 10/16/2013
Come on, Legendary/Universal green light that shit, best movie of the Summer by a mile. I want to see more Kaiju Robot designs and fights.
Come on, Legendary/Universal green light that shit, best movie of the Summer by a mile. I want to see more Kaiju Robot designs and fights.
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2:36PM on 10/17/2013
well apparently no one except you and the other people went to go see it 5 times were the only ones who liked it. I ownder if like most movies people only saw it once, what its pathetic take would have been
well apparently no one except you and the other people went to go see it 5 times were the only ones who liked it. I ownder if like most movies people only saw it once, what its pathetic take would have been
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1:13PM on 10/16/2013
PacRim was almost my entire childhood wrapped up in one badass film, bring on the sequel.
PacRim was almost my entire childhood wrapped up in one badass film, bring on the sequel.
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1:12PM on 10/16/2013
I really love the world that Del Toro & Beacham have created. I saw it multiple times in theaters & so far have watched it twice in 2 nights. I also have many other things to do with Pacific Rim. Bring on the sequel!!
I really love the world that Del Toro & Beacham have created. I saw it multiple times in theaters & so far have watched it twice in 2 nights. I also have many other things to do with Pacific Rim. Bring on the sequel!!
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1:09PM on 10/16/2013

I'd be drift compatible with a sequel

I really liked that it was this self-contained story, and that a sequel is not necessarily needed. But Del Toro (as always) created this world and iconography so vibrant and wonderful I want to visit again and again.

And so many big budget movies have action sequences so frenetic and chaotic that its impossible to tell whats going on and can be a chore to watch...but Pacific Rim's action scenes just make sweet, colorful love to your eyeballs.
I really liked that it was this self-contained story, and that a sequel is not necessarily needed. But Del Toro (as always) created this world and iconography so vibrant and wonderful I want to visit again and again.

And so many big budget movies have action sequences so frenetic and chaotic that its impossible to tell whats going on and can be a chore to watch...but Pacific Rim's action scenes just make sweet, colorful love to your eyeballs.
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12:55PM on 10/16/2013
Bring on the sequel! Pacific Rim Blu Ray is going to give my home theater system quite an exercise.
Bring on the sequel! Pacific Rim Blu Ray is going to give my home theater system quite an exercise.
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2:36PM on 10/17/2013
yeah for the total 9 minutes of action it will be great
yeah for the total 9 minutes of action it will be great
12:47PM on 10/16/2013
And if I'm being honest, Pacific Rim was probably one the most fun, exciting times I had in a movie theater. Easily the most fun film this summer.
And if I'm being honest, Pacific Rim was probably one the most fun, exciting times I had in a movie theater. Easily the most fun film this summer.
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12:45PM on 10/16/2013
Really hope we get a sequel to Pacific Rim. Would love to see Del Toro expand the universe more and get more of a background on the Kaiju.
Really hope we get a sequel to Pacific Rim. Would love to see Del Toro expand the universe more and get more of a background on the Kaiju.
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