Universal Pictures Sets 'Pacific Rim' Sequel for April 2017 Release
by Ethan Anderton
June 26, 2014
After making a bigger splash overseas than it did in the domestic box office, the robot vs. monster blockbuster Pacific Rim is definitely getting a sequel. There's been buzz about the film with Guillermo del Toro recently revealing that he's working on the script with Zak Penn (The Avengers, Last Action Hero) with story insight from the original film's writer Travis Beacham, and now Universal has staked out a release date pretty far down the road. Legendary Pictures sent out an announcement video from del Toro himself (busy on Crimson Peak), and Universal simultaneously revealed the film's arrival April 7th, 2017.
Here's Guillermo del Toro making the quick announcement from the editing bay of Crimson Peak:
BuzzFeed talked to del Toro recently where the filmmaker said, “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.” Previous chatter about what del Toro wanted in the sequel has him saying, "We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. Second thing is you’re gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special. We’ve drifted with a Kaiju brain. Well, then start riffing on that and you’ll get to something." So we've got three years to wait, but del Toro will make it worth our while. At least there's that animated series to hold us over.