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'Pacific Rim 2' Isn't Greenlit Yet, But Guillermo Del Toro & Travis Beacham Have Started Writing It

by Edward Davis
October 16, 2013 5:32 PM
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Pacific Rim

The narrative for Guillermo del Toro’s monsters vs. robots spectacle “Pacific Rim” this summer was quite the roller coaster. Budgeted at over $200 million (not including marketing), the studio started to sweat when bad tracking reports hit a few weeks before release. Del Toro had to galvanize his base, spread the word and do everything he can to beat the awareness drum. And he did. While some were worried the movie would bomb, the story, as usual, was more complex. “Pacific Rim” only grossed slightly over $100 million in the U.S. which is a failure considering the cost. However, the film really rallied overseas, particularly in China and its international grosses rallied the film to $407 million worldwide. Some championed that as a major victory—it is currently the 10th highest grossing film of the year worldwide. But doing the Hollywood math (tacking on some $60 million for promotion and advertising and then subtracting the deep cuts that theaters take, etc.), “Pacific Rim” is hardly a film that’s broke even.

This is perhaps why a sequel still hasn’t been green lit. But that’s not stopping the principals. Del Toro and writer Travis Beacham have apparently started work on the sequel regardless. “No, we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active,” he told IGN this week. “The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate. 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.”

What about his long-gestating “Frankenstein” and “Pinocchio” films? He was less convincing about the former and hopeful about the latter. “You know, I hope [Frankenstein] does, in the right way and the right moment,” he said. “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.”

Considering other Frankenstein films are in the works and are going to make it to the screen sooner, we’re not sure we’d hold out a ton of hope unless it’s development is long after the upcoming crop of Dr. Frankenstein movies. “We have a large part of the financing in place,” he said regarding “Pinnochio.” “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.”

Back to “Pacific Rim.” Maybe Blu-Ray and DVD sales will push it into the black enough for a sequel (not that that’s ever stopped a studio either way). Would you like to see a “Pacific Rim” sequel? Sound off below and check out the new, rather hilarious "Pacific Rim" honest trailer which points out a lot of the movie's flaws (though we articulated lots of those problems in our Good, Bad & Ugly feature about "Pacific Rim" and an old podcast).

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  • Ranxerox | August 11, 2014 6:38 PMReply

    Loved Pacific Rim - just watched it again twice this weekend. This movie takes me back to childhood Saturdays watching Godzilla movies, so awesome!
    It would be great to have a sequel but it would be difficult for them to do it better than the 1st.

  • kevin | April 18, 2014 1:48 PMReply

    This movie was great! How many movies have we seen with aliens coming from the sea? Not to many. Maybe have these monster come from outer space to try and finish the job! Hell yes we should have a scene where there are many jaegers kicking these monsters asses. Del toro I have a script in my head already! Please please make another.

  • Saleem wiggins | January 21, 2014 7:31 PMReply

    I would love a sequel, look I love this soooo much, I went to the movies twice
    To see it!!! Loved it, why you ask, well great visuals, acting OMG Charlie, edris oh man really good, plus I hope they bring crimson typhoon back cheap why to go, story line beautiful!,plus I loved the kijus please sequel the Pacific rim the war is not over! :-)

  • loopnotdefined | October 28, 2013 11:54 AMReply

    I'd love to see a sequel, simply because there's a dearth of quality - and even quantity - in this genre of film. Nobody has done "live action" robots like Pacific Rim. Nobody.

    *Live action, as opposed to fully animated films.

  • usnavy | October 18, 2013 6:28 PMReply

    Nice move and a sequel would be awesome

  • Cyclops | October 18, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    one of the best movies this year, it had heart and soul, big robots with mutha monsters! yes defo sequel.

  • Peter | October 18, 2013 3:32 PMReply

    DEFINITELY HAVE TO HAVE A SEQUEL ! ! ! ! Or a Prequel as long as another Pacific Rim movie in the works

  • RJ | October 18, 2013 2:34 PMReply

    I would definitely see a sequel. Although I think a prequel might make for a better film.

  • Kdark | October 18, 2013 3:45 PM

    I'd love to see a movie set between the events of the very beginning of the film and when we get into the flash forward. Although, the 7 years before the film began would also be excellent viewing. Watching the Jaeger pilots rise like rock stars could be pretty epic. Also, the idea of a battle with 30 Jaegers would be pretty awesome.

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  • Shame | October 17, 2013 9:16 PMReply

    Pacific Rim = Everything that is wrong with Hollywood. And I like sci-fi. Lost all respect for del Toro for this soulless piece of underwritten crap.

  • Grothka | October 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    You mean entertaining? I don't get why people seem to think movies only exist for dramatic purposes. Pacific Rim is a movie built entirely around a celebration of the rule of cool, there is nothing wrong with a dumb, shallow movie as long as it is enjoyable. Quit being such a pretentious douchebag and roll with it :D.

  • thislalife | October 17, 2013 3:39 AMReply

    I wonder if the Pacific Rim junkies would be ok if Michael Bay directs this after Transformers 4. You know he would shoot the action better and there would be more babes in it. Shit we might even get an Optimus cameo!

  • loopnotdefined | October 28, 2013 11:48 AM

    No. Transformers has always been crap in terms of the giant robo genre, but I don't think they've ever been intended to be a part of it. Giving the project to Michael Bay would probably lose most of the Pacific Rim fans.

  • Olli | October 17, 2013 1:51 AMReply

    No, I am not interested in a sequel.
    Pacific Rim was technically great but had a mediocre story and, due to the size of the monsters and robots, lame action sequences, as well as some half-baked jokes. It was too long and too slow with not very interesting characters.
    At age 12 I would have loved it, but today it bored me.

  • loopnotdefined | October 28, 2013 11:50 AM

    Bear in mind del Toro has repeatedly stated he made the movie for kids around that age. He wanted a movie that would inspire their imaginations as much as older films inspired him when he was a child.

  • Tom | October 16, 2013 11:29 PMReply

    No offense Del Toro fanboyz, but Frankenstein, Pinocchio and Pacific Rim 2 all sound like tired, lame ass projects.

  • jon | October 16, 2013 9:23 PMReply

    Let it die.

  • J | October 16, 2013 6:29 PMReply

    I'm torn - I want a sequel to affirm that the movie did well and because I want to continue this journey with these characters. But I could also be happy without one, just because the first one ended so perfectly that I don't NEED a sequel. But it would be nice to see one.

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