Pacific Rim 2 – Sequel Plans21.07.13 # Sequel # 19 Comments
Is there going to be a Pacific Rim 2? And what can we expect from a sequel?
Pacific Rim opened with $37 million last weekend, the best of director Guillermo del Toro’s career (topping Hellboy II’s $34m) but it wasn’t a particularly strong start when compared to the likes of World War Z’s $66m. This weekend it’s only charted in 6th place with $16m ($68m total), which is not wonderful for a $180m budgeted movie. The sequel’s fate will ultimately be determined then by international performance, and if that’s close, may go down to home entertainment results. Word of mouth is strong, with audiences giving it an “A-” and critics enjoying it. In short, it’s done so-so but it has a chance.
**** Big Spoilers Ahead **** One thing we’ve learnt about Pacific Rim 2 is that, should it happen, it’s going to be quite a departure. Legendary Pictures brought Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham back to draw up a treatment with del Toro months ago, and Beacham tweeted this week “Literally the only reason I’m following the numbers is that the sequel is bonkers and I want it to happen.” Del Toro has added “We have plans that are pretty bold and pretty crazy. We would not be repeating anything from the first one. We would go to completely fresh territory.”
At a screening in California, del Toro mentioned one idea might be to have drifting (mind-melding) with the Kaiju as the main focus. In the first movie, scientist Newt connects his brain to a Kaiju so he can understand them better and the director says there’s a lot more for us to learn about the monsters. Might we see humans controlling the Kaiju? One human controlling an army of Kaiju? The idea isn’t crazy, as del Toro also stressed the monsters’ hive mentality was important: “If you ‘drift’ with a Kaiju brain, you are drifting with every Kaiju alive”. He went on, “There was a line that I deleted from the movie that will come back if I do a second movie. Newt explained that the Kaiju are not carbon based organisms like humans, they are silicon based.” In a later interview with MTV News, he said “You’re gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special.”
As for who might return for a second movie, del Toro has promised “We will have Gipsy Danger 2.0 for sure”, despite its destruction. When Stacker (Idris Elba) sacrificed his life he told Mako that she would always be able to find him “in the Drift”, so there’s a good chance we could still see him return in the neural space. Especially as the actor has hinted we might not have seen the end of him. The fate of Ron Perlman’s Hannibal was revealed in the end credits, for those who stayed.
Of course one idea we haven’t discussed is that of the prequel. Pacific Rim begins with a lot of skimmed-over back story about how the Kaiju first appeared, and there’s an obvious opportunity to go back and explore this more. While it doesn’t sound like this is the plan for the second film, the screenwriter has already published a 112 page graphic novel that covers the time period. ‘Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero’ explains what happened the first time the Kaiju attacked Earth, and how the Jaeger program was started. Characters played by Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Clifton Collins Jr. all appear. It’s available here in the US, or here in the UK.
What would you like to see happen in a Pacific Rim 2? Should it still be robots fighting monsters? What should the plot be? Which characters should return? Leave your thoughts in the comments.