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07.10.2014
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PACIFIC RIM defines the popcorn movie for me. It has everything you'd ever want that the Transformers and Godzilla films don't deliver. So color me baffled (it's a color) when that film didn't come close to the box office numbers that the other two franchises did. When the announcement came that we were getting a PACIFIC RIM 2, I was ecstatic. Del Toro created a fascinating universe in which I felt we were only scratching the surface of. The idea to do an animated series to help flesh out that world works for me, and del Toro had a few things to say about it.

In regards to how far along the process is:

We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation. We are talking to a couple of showrunners that have a strong animation background, casting the writers room. 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.

What we can expect as far as stories go:

We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young—very young, 11-year-olds and so forth—but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing.

If the animated series is a success:

If it connects we’ll go on [to another season], but the thing is I don’t want it to be weekly adventures. I don’t want it to be like Chapter One is a little action thing and it gets resolved in 40 minutes or an hour and then the next episode, [like] nothing happened. My favorite anime series always have a long arc.

In regards to what channel or internet outlet this may premier on:

Legendary is talking to a few outlets so I’d rather not disclose myself. The way we set up The Strain was to talk to everyone, literally, on the map, and then find who’s response we sort of jibe with the most. I think in this series, it would be great to find a place that can give it a proper presentation and can advertise the creation of the series. So we’re open to being pleasantly surprised everywhere.

I'm remaining cautiously optimistic, in that as much as I want to have the world of PACIFIC RIM fleshed out, I also don't want the skewing towards a young audience to undermine the material. As long as Guillermo keeps a firm grip on that bad boy, I'll be okay. After all, I wasn't expecting to get any more from this world and now we have a sequel and animated series. I really have very little to complain about.

PACIFIC RIM 2 is currently scheduled for an April 7, 2017 release.

And now to get this theme, created by Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi, stuck in your head all day.

CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY & SEE MORE PICS...

Extra Tidbit: Anyone still wished that Guillermo would have directed the Hobbit films instead of moving on to Pacific Rim?
Source: Collider

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12:59PM on 07/14/2014

I love ridiculous over-the-top fun, and I was excited for the mech genre to come to the big screen, and for Del Toro to be the one doing it, BUT THIS MOVIE SUCKED!

I love ridiculous over-the-top fun, and I was excited for the mech genre to come to the big screen, and for Del Toro to be the one doing it, BUT THIS MOVIE SUCKED! It didn't embrace any particular tone, trying to make actual sense of something ridiculous, that was meant to be ridiculous fun, with nonsensical fake science. If the science is going to be fake, make sure it makes sense at least, that it serves a purpose in explaining this reality, don't just throw some bullshit in there because you
I love ridiculous over-the-top fun, and I was excited for the mech genre to come to the big screen, and for Del Toro to be the one doing it, BUT THIS MOVIE SUCKED! It didn't embrace any particular tone, trying to make actual sense of something ridiculous, that was meant to be ridiculous fun, with nonsensical fake science. If the science is going to be fake, make sure it makes sense at least, that it serves a purpose in explaining this reality, don't just throw some bullshit in there because you feel you have to, but you are not sure why you have to.
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9:29AM on 07/11/2014

WOW

You mentioning transformers makes me want to go see transformers AGAIN
You mentioning transformers makes me want to go see transformers AGAIN
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7:36AM on 07/11/2014

So you don't understand.....

.....why this didn't earn as much as Godzilla, despite it "delivering" where Godzilla didn't? Here's a clue.....two comic-relief scientists, an English lead actor doing a bad American accent, a cool opening fight scene followed by an hour of bad dialogue and plot holes followed by a great fight scene followed by an anti-climactic ending and horrible quasi-romance moment, and a silly "let's take one for the team" moment from the other team of pilots that fell flat.

Godzilla didn't have
.....why this didn't earn as much as Godzilla, despite it "delivering" where Godzilla didn't? Here's a clue.....two comic-relief scientists, an English lead actor doing a bad American accent, a cool opening fight scene followed by an hour of bad dialogue and plot holes followed by a great fight scene followed by an anti-climactic ending and horrible quasi-romance moment, and a silly "let's take one for the team" moment from the other team of pilots that fell flat.

Godzilla didn't have enough fighting, but it had a monster appearance every 15 minutes, took the material seriously, and ended with a solid climactic moment. It left people wanting more whereas Pacific Rim made me wish the baby kaiju had skipped Ron Perlman and eaten half the cast instead.

Maybe that's why.....
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11:26PM on 07/10/2014
Now that we are getting a Pacific Rim sequel, hopefully a sequel to Dredd isn't too far off.
Now that we are getting a Pacific Rim sequel, hopefully a sequel to Dredd isn't too far off.
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8:04PM on 07/10/2014
This is great. Having an animated series will definitely help the chance for the sequel to be more successful than the first movie. Also, toys. Please let there be more Pacific Rim toys. I'd flip to have a Playarts Kai Pacific Rim action figures. Get Kotobukiya on the line to produce the model kits or the statuettes. Anything but the cheap at-least-it's-there NECA figures.
This is great. Having an animated series will definitely help the chance for the sequel to be more successful than the first movie. Also, toys. Please let there be more Pacific Rim toys. I'd flip to have a Playarts Kai Pacific Rim action figures. Get Kotobukiya on the line to produce the model kits or the statuettes. Anything but the cheap at-least-it's-there NECA figures.
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5:37PM on 07/10/2014
Im cool with this. The first Pacific Rim wasn't the game changing sci-fi film we were promised, but it was still an enjoyable movie. I look forward to a sequel and an animated series.

I grew up in the 90s, so im use to watching cartoons based on movies. "Ghostbusters", "Beetlejuice", "Jumanji", "Men in Black", plus countless others. I know Hollywood has been doing this for ages, but they seem to have slowed down in the past few years. I always thought "Pacific Rim" would make an excellent
Im cool with this. The first Pacific Rim wasn't the game changing sci-fi film we were promised, but it was still an enjoyable movie. I look forward to a sequel and an animated series.

I grew up in the 90s, so im use to watching cartoons based on movies. "Ghostbusters", "Beetlejuice", "Jumanji", "Men in Black", plus countless others. I know Hollywood has been doing this for ages, but they seem to have slowed down in the past few years. I always thought "Pacific Rim" would make an excellent animated series.

I also though "Inception" would also work really well as a saturday morning cartoon. Each episode the team would go on a different dream extraction mission in a different location. What other movies of recent years do you think would make a good animated series?
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5:13PM on 07/10/2014

That picture of Del Toro....

Anybody notice that the space jockey is on the monitor behind him to the left? What's going on there?
Anybody notice that the space jockey is on the monitor behind him to the left? What's going on there?
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4:14PM on 07/10/2014

All win win to me

I agree 100% that this movie delivered where Transformers and even Godzilla failed.
I agree 100% that this movie delivered where Transformers and even Godzilla failed.
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2:27PM on 07/10/2014
This sounds pretty cool to me.
I was one of the people who thought PR was a cool movie, but nothing to really die over.
This sounds pretty cool to me.
I was one of the people who thought PR was a cool movie, but nothing to really die over.
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