Director Guillermo del Toro announced today that Legendary Pictures is making a sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim!
I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
The official release date for the sequel is April 7, 2017.
In addition, del Toro and Legendary debuted a video in which he announced not only the forthcoming sequel but an animated series and a continuation of the Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero prequel graphic novel. Check it out below.
The director told BuzzFeed:
“The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.”
Early this month Del Toro confirmed that he was already working on a sequel. Del Toro revealed that although Travis Beacham was involved in the story at first, he was working with screenwriter Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand), since “Travis has become a TV mogul.” But in his announcement today, del Toro mentions both of them.
Although Pacific Rim grossed $411 million worldwide, it only made a modest $101.8 million in the U.S. box office. The fact that 75% of its worldwide gross came from international audiences, proves just how important the international marketplace has become to Hollywood.
If Legendary’s recent reboot of Godzilla is any indication, it’s nearly doubled Pacific Rim’s grosses in the U.S., it shows that American audiences are still willing to watch rampaging giant monsters.