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Universal Pictures Sets 'Pacific Rim' Sequel for April 2017 Release

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June 26, 2014

Pacific Rim

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.

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  • Brian Sleider
    YAY
  • Chris Groves
    Some of the best news I've heard all month. Pacific Rim was one of the most under-appreciated blockbusters released last summer. I'm so glad that we're getting a sequel AND an animated series. This is becoming a full-fledged franchise and I can't wait to see it.
    • DAVIDPD
      In so much agreement, Chris. I didn't understand any of the hate that it received. Like none at all. I suppose it was victim to its awesome initial trailer and fanboy dreams. As long as they include some more Asian fan service, I mean for the fans that live in Asia, I think it will do great. I am just wondering HOW WILL THEY TOP "CONTAINER SHIP BAT"???
      • Chris Groves
        Me too. I mean, this concept(giant robots vs giant monsters) goes hand in hand with 'spectacle', there really isn't a way to 'go small' with this idea. The first one wasn't a massive hit right out of the gate though, so I can't really imagine that they will get a larger budget for this film. I think it'll be in the same $180-$190 million range as the first, and they'll simply be inventive when it comes to having the same amount of money but making it feel more grand. The Empire Strikes Back has no Death Star blowing up planets, but it doesn't feel 'small' compared to the first film. Maybe instead of a big opening battle, a massive middle battle, and a huge finale...they pepper in smaller/shorter battles throughout and build to a huge climax? I'm just glad we get more of this genre and of this world.
  • DAVIDPD
    So freaking happy for Totoro-san!!! He looks as giddy as a school boy on the first day of summer! I loved PACIFIC RIM and will eagerly await the news for this sequel. 2017 cannot come fast enough!
  • Brian Sleider
    SO we are going to see pilots drifting Kaijus? massive kaiju v kaiju v Jaeger battles?
  • OfficialJab
    The Jaeger - Kaiju blend is a group of humans experimenting and it goes wrong, so the regular Jaegers have to take them out when they lose control?
  • Avi
    Kids like it abroad so understandable...
    • Trey Wilson
      Did $500 million globally.
  • Jon Odishaw
    It was a fun movie but could have been so much better in a lot of ways. So a sequel is something I'm all for. Especially considering hellboy 2 was better than the first.
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    PUMPED
  • Akirakorn
    Only if Charlie Day builds a SPACESHIP!!! MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!! I like/hate the first, but I'll probably see it eventually. The cheesy, generic face palms were forgivable (the stick fighting scene and, the "wall will save us" subplot stuck out)... but the ending? So the antagonist auto destruct FOR NOTHING, and then the main characters eject... through the portal... is just too insulting. It was a very well-done CGI popcorn flick that was just out of the norm enough to be something more.

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