Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM Sequel & Animated Series

Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM Sequel & Animated Series

Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro chatted with the Wall Street Journal and during the discussion he shared some more thoughts on the Pacific Rim sequel and the animated series. Hit the jump to check it out, Josh!

A week ago, Legendary Pictures and Guillermo del Toro officially announced that Pacific Rim 2 was in the works and an animated series based on the franchise was on the way as well. While out promoting his new FX series The Strain spoke with the Wall Street Journal about both of the newly announced Pacific Rim ventures. If you want the basic gist, del Toro says the second film will have a "twist" ending and have a "different tenor" from the first. As for the animated series, he says much of it will tell the story of people working at the Shatterdomes. Those are primary headquarters of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. That is also where the Jaegers are constructed, housed and repared. .

Without spoiling anything, what can fans expect from “Pacific Rim 2″?

We are three years away, so to spoil anything would be fantastically silly of me. What I can tell you: [screenwriter Zak Penn] and I really went in, we started with [screenwriter Travis Beacham] about a year and a half ago, kicking ideas back and forth. And, admittedly, I said to Zak, let’s keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak. (…) It 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” (editor’s note: the neural link between pilots of the giant robots, or jaegers), 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 don’t 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. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.

What can you tell me about the animated “Pacific Rim” series? Do you know which network will carry it?

We are talking about all the possibilities in terms of networks. We’re formulating ideas that are, again, interesting and not the usual route, but the series tackles the stories that happened to pilots working in the Shatterdome (editor’s note: a building where jaegers are built and maintained and pilots train), but also cadets learning how to become pilots. All of this happens prior to the first movie, and it gives you a little more depth into the background of certain characters that will appear in the second movie. So it’s really expanding the material. I was incredibly happy with the comic book series that came about from a graphic novel called “Tales From Year Zero,” and we are continuing the tales for the next three years. So by the time the second movie comes out, you will have probably one year of the animation airing, and you will have three years of the comic book series ongoing, so we are trying for all these things to be canon, to be in the same universe, to not wing anything, so that if anyone … a lot of kids, for example, have discovered “Pacific Rim” through the toys. They come in through the toys, and then they watch the movie, and then they learn this, they learn that through the movie or the comic book series, so we’re trying to make it canon so we can expand the universe. And by the time we come into the second movie, you have a good feel for the world, and we can dedicate ourselves to character and ideas and spectacle.

PACIFIC RIM 2 Will Land In Theaters April 7, 2017

PACIFIC RIM SYNOPSIS - When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Pacific Rim was directed by Guillermo del Toro, from a script written by Travis Beacham. The cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., Burn Gorman, Larry Joe Campbell, Diego Klattenhoff, and Brad William Henke. Now available on DVD & Blu-ray!
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OnePunchBaldy - 7/3/2014, 11:11 AM
In before Josh comes in bashing
HiTcH - 7/3/2014, 11:16 AM
We need more Ladies in suits.
Abary - 7/3/2014, 11:16 AM
QUICK barricade the doors before Josh arrives.
Abary - 7/3/2014, 11:17 AM
BTW, Shit Movie
BlackIceJoe - 7/3/2014, 11:19 AM
I personally liked the world of Pacific Rim the most. I would like to see more of the Black Market explored in the second. I also would enjoy seeing how the average person lives. Because with all the bomb shelters it would interesting to see life from their perspective. But I think it will be more mechs vs monsters. So I personally think that's disappointing. Because the world is rich and I would have liked seeing more of that.
Pasto - 7/3/2014, 11:20 AM
"Nothing suits me like a suit", am I right?
Gusto - 7/3/2014, 11:20 AM wasn't bad.
But, I see zero need for a sequel.
Justice League Dark, Fool!
SusanFuentes - 7/3/2014, 11:22 AM
To quote Josh in that Transformers article earlier:

"Love them or hate them, the fact is that this is a franchise which is going to be around for a very long time!"
FightAs0ne - 7/3/2014, 11:23 AM
Would much rather have this than another Transformers film.
Comedian03 - 7/3/2014, 11:24 AM
If they get themselves a good script then they'd really have something here. Hopefully it'll be enough to convince the audience to go back for a sequel.
Phronesis - 7/3/2014, 11:25 AM
SusanFuentes Haha, I love when people use their words against them.
DrDoom - 7/3/2014, 11:28 AM
So excited for this! Bring me more Kaiju and Jaegers!

McGee - 7/3/2014, 11:29 AM
Alright Josh...just calm down now...

Josh...calm down...
Tempo - 7/3/2014, 11:31 AM
For me,in my humble opinion,the movie was a shit,I don't totally waste my money only for the Imax 3D,that's always awesome,but without that pure rubbish,even worse than Transformers
Abary - 7/3/2014, 11:33 AM
What is with the ddddd?
Vegeta - 7/3/2014, 11:33 AM
It should be Justice League Dark coming out on April 7, 2017, not Pacific Rim 2.

I am not pleased.
Shroombeast - 7/3/2014, 11:35 AM
Pacific Rim was the most fun I've ever had in a movie theater. I feel the first one wrapped things up perfectly fine, but whatever. More giant monsters always makes me a happy dude.

The haters can choke on antifreeze for all I care. Don't like it, don't [frick]ing watch it.
charlie2094 - 7/3/2014, 11:39 AM
I really didn't like Pacific Rim, had much preferred the idea of Del Toro going on to do Justice League Dark or some other project instead of this. Hopefully he wins me over for this, was initially excited for Pacific Rim, just let down in seeing it.
Starfox - 7/3/2014, 11:42 AM
I'm just here for the @JoshWilding Comments
drama animated GIF
SpiderFraud - 7/3/2014, 11:42 AM
Justice League Dark will never come out...just gotta let it go guys.
SusanFuentes - 7/3/2014, 11:50 AM
Say what you want about this movie, but unlike Transformers it didn't actively try to insult its audience and assault all of your senses with horribly edited action scenes that looked like two junkyards having sex.

I know the human characters weren't the best written, but they sure as hell were more compelling than any human characters in the Transformers franchise.
DaVinci31 - 7/3/2014, 11:51 AM
Also, maybe we don't have everyone die this time around?
Platinum - 7/3/2014, 11:51 AM

Hannibal Chau better come back!
ndwwrestler2 - 7/3/2014, 11:51 AM
Pacific Rim was a fun movie. I enjoyed it a lot, but apart of me hopes that a sequel is more darker (I know it's a cliche, but still..)than it's predecessor.
MercwithMouth - 7/3/2014, 11:52 AM

Not for me, definitely.
JoshWilding - 7/3/2014, 11:54 AM
Pacific Rim 2? Wow, I really can't wait to...NEVER see this movie. The first one was a bigger turd than The Amazing Spider-Man 2. No need to subject myself to a sequel thanks.

Oh, and nailbiter? Don't push it! ;)

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ndwwrestler2 - 7/3/2014, 11:55 AM
Vegeta - 7/3/2014, 11:58 AM
If the Guardians of the Galaxy, a team built up of D-List Marvel characters, can get a movie, so can Justice League Dark.

OnePunchBaldy - 7/3/2014, 12:00 PM
Justice League Dark can work. Hopefully part of the DCCU. But with Pacific Rim not coming until 2017, it might take a while.
Starfox - 7/3/2014, 12:03 PM
Vegeta - 7/3/2014, 12:06 PM
WB/DC need to take Del Toro off the project. He's on some Edgar Wright bullshit.
Nomis - 7/3/2014, 12:07 PM
It was what it said it would be: Giant Robots vs. Giant Monsters!

Nothing more, nothing less!
Nomis - 7/3/2014, 12:08 PM
Now does it need a sequel: HELLS NAW!

Del Toro do need to get on JLA:Dark instead or at least an updted SWAMP THIGN movie!
Facade - 7/3/2014, 12:10 PM
Was hoping for a sequel but don't see the need for a cartoon.
ComicsBornAndBred - 7/3/2014, 12:15 PM
JL Dark needs to be helmed by someone who will attack the project head on. I'd like to see someone like Adam Wingard helm the film. He directed You're Next and the upcoming The Guest. Young up and coming good director
QuestionDAnswer - 7/3/2014, 12:17 PM

This is the first appearance of the JL DARK, in Swamp Thing issue #50
QuestionDAnswer - 7/3/2014, 12:18 PM
This is the first appearance of the JL DARK, in Swamp Thing issue #50
Vegeta - 7/3/2014, 12:20 PM
My sentiments exactly Nomis! Although, if he's honestly considering excluding Shade, the Changing Man from Justice League Dark, I don't think he's the right man for the job. I'd rather wait for somebody who knows what they're doing than Del Toro do a botched job on JL Dark.
DrKinsolving - 7/3/2014, 12:22 PM
No Sequel. Please, No

TheDesertGorilla - 7/3/2014, 12:25 PM
Oh great, another Guillermo del Toro movie!
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