Del Toro Writing Pacific Rim 2

By Dr. Know on June 8th, 2014

Although it was a modest success in North America, the international grosses for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim were strong enough to warrant a sequel – at least according to del Toro himself. While promoting his new FX series The Strain at the Austin Television Festival, del Toro told BuzzFeed that he and screenwriter Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last StandThe Incredible Hulk) have started work on a screenplay for Pacific Rim 2.

“I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn,” he told BuzzFeed. “We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox’s Hieroglyph] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.”

The screenplay hasn’t been given an official go-ahead by Warner Bros. and Legendary Films, but del Toro is pressing forward as if it will be made one day.

Del Toro also revealed that the script will bring back Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), the male and female leads from the first film. The story, not surprisingly, will also follow the events of the first movie instead of the rumoured prequel.

“Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion,” del Toro 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.”

Legendary Films, of course, is remaining tight-lipped on the issue, so don’t go thinking this sequel is a sure thing just yet. If anything it’ll be at least two to three years before this proposed sequel hits the cineplex.