Guillermo del Toro & Zak Penn Have 'Crazy Ideas' for 'Pacific Rim 2'

June 9, 2014
Source: BuzzFeed

Guillermo del Toro

Right now Guillermo del Toro is busy with his horror film Crimson Peak, slated for release in 2015, but that doesn't mean he's not also working on a sequel to the 2013 sci-fi action bonanza Pacific Rim. BuzzFeed recent had a chat with del Toro, and he gave a quick update on the progress of the sequel. Travis Beacham wrote the original script, but this time del Toro is working with a new writer. The filmmaker said, "I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn. We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around.” Well, it's not a secret now, and this news has us a little leery about the sequel.

Beacham seeemed to have found the perfect mix between some B-movie elements and some serious sci-fi to make for a fun, but quality summer blockbuster. The good news is that he's not entirely uninvolved in the development of Pacific Rim 2 as del Toro says, "Travis Beacham was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.” Yes, Beacham is working on the Fox series "Hieroglyph" for the new fall season, so he's got a good reason for not being available in a bigger capacity, but that's still a bit disappointing.

But is Zak Penn really the best man for the job? He hasn't delivered many impressive screenplays, however, when it comes to creating the story (not the script), Penn has delivered the likes of Last Action Hero, X2: X-Men United and The Avengers. And while the most former of that trio was a mess of a final film, the original idea and story was brilliant. Of course, Penn has also written Elektra, Fantastic Four and X-Men: The Last Stand, all duds in their own special way, so it's hard to get truly excited about him writing a film, even if it's with someone like del Toro.

But maybe with del Toro as a guide, this will be a good team to crack the sequel for Legendary Pictures. The director said, "I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle.” Previously, del Toro hinted at some elements they would touch upon in the sequel, "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." Stay tuned to see what happens.

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Reader Feedback - 28 Comments


Key elements to improve upon from the first movie: 1. Actually have a human story. 2. Create a climax that isn't the most boring part of the movie. 3. Get someone to write a script that Charlie Day can actually work with.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 9, 2014


1. No, it had enough. 2. I guess, but I liked the ocean floor scene, the next part not so much. 3. Script was mostly fine with me I don't want another Godzilla - a giant monster movie that apparently wants a best film Oscar, so it only, begrudgingly, includes half a dozen one minute monster action scenes at the end.

OfficialJab on Jun 9, 2014


I can see why that would frustrate you. But to me Godzilla's Kaiju action, no matter how little there might have been, made any other monster movie look like a little bitch.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 9, 2014


I recommenced Glasses then. There was more kaiju action in the dream sceen from Pac Rim than in all of Fordzilla.

Brian Sleider on Jun 9, 2014


And that exactly is the problem with Pacific Rim! Action just for the sake of it, no substance or depth at all, I was numb and oblivious to the action scenes after an hour. Godzilla is the best monster movie of recent times, maybe ever, accept it.

Guest on Jun 9, 2014


I will not accept your opinion as fact. Especially when Pac Rim has the higher reviews. The FACT of the matter is, Godzilla is a divisive movie, a lot of people loved it but a lot of people hated it. Those who loved it did so for the very reasons people hated it, which is too funny. IMO Pacific Rim is the best contemporary Kaiju movie. I will not presume to tell you to accept my opinion as fact though.

Brian Sleider on Jun 9, 2014


I think you need glasses. I never said there was more I just said it was better, which it was. Far better. Quality over quantity.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 9, 2014


"made any other monster movie look like a little bitch." I was referring to this line when comment about your need for glasses. Godzilla is a Kaiju turd that a Jaeger stepped on. All monster movies, when compared to it, are outstanding.

Brian Sleider on Jun 9, 2014


Please the only thing Jaegers were good at was being torn apart by kaiju half the size of godzilla.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 9, 2014

10 He is up there but not the biggest.

Brian Sleider on Jun 9, 2014


I'm not even mad anymore that chart is cool as shit

Jon Odishaw on Jun 10, 2014


Isn't it though?! trying to find a way to get it on a poster.

Brian Sleider on Jun 10, 2014


I'd buy that

Jon Odishaw on Jun 10, 2014


I really liked PAC RIM a lot too.Never really got any of the hate many, many fan boys had for it. I think it was a lot of disillusionment, but PAC RIM was fantastic for what it was.

DAVIDPD on Jun 9, 2014


I liked PAC Rim too. I was as excited when it first came out as I was for godzilla. The difference is when I came out of the theatre for Godzilla I was completely satiated. Whereas Pic rim was missing something.

Jon Odishaw on Jun 9, 2014


I don't see how it was more remarkable than anything in Pacific Rim. Godzilla's final blow was great, other than that, I saw it all done better in PR.

OfficialJab on Jun 9, 2014


Yep. Godzilla(2014) forgot what it was, a Kaiju movie.

Brian Sleider on Jun 9, 2014


1. No thanks, please do not ruin Pac Rim like Godzilla was ruined. 2. Kind of agree. 3. Script was fine. More of the same with a better finale is all it needs.

Brian Sleider on Jun 9, 2014


All I want to see are better weapons for the jaegars and multiple jaegars combining into one giant mech.

superultraboy on Jun 9, 2014


I also was disappointed in the first installment. I grew up on gundam and voltron, so I was definitely excited for this and had the proper sense of nostalgia needed to fully appreciate a project like this, but it just didnt do it for me. I hope another installment would make add more classic giant robot characters to the mix (theres always that rebel, too cool for school character, and theres always some little kid firing huge would be cool to see those archetypes make an appearance), and honestly the biggest disappointment for me was how small the ending felt. It did not feel like the entirety of man depended on that final battle in pacific rim, it felt like a few people in a lab watching a moniter depended on it. I would love a much larger scope, maybe a classic space battle, and more 80s-ey characters to really take the second one somewhere i like. it all just felt so hollywood to me.

jay on Jun 9, 2014


If this movie really happens it would be a miracle.

DAVIDPD on Jun 9, 2014

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