October 16, 2014
Guillermo Says PACIFIC RIM 2 Shoots Later Next Year And Teases PACIFIC RIM 3
I think most will have to admit that even if Pacific Rim wasn't a perfect film it had a lot of heart and it's homage to monster films/anime was a good fit for it's director. The film might draw influence from other popular franchises, but at the end of the day it was an original movie. While the box office wasn't bonkers, the movie ended-up earning $411 million worldwide. Enough for Legendary Pictures to greenlight a sequel which is coming-out on April 7th, 2017.
While speaking with Collider, Guillermo del Toro gave some updates on the sequel. He confirms a draft is completed and the next couple of months will be dedicated to fine-tuning it before preproduction. Confirming production will begin in late 2015. I assume this means the production will be returning back to Pinewood Studios Toronto. The studio space where del Toro made the first film along with his recent horror flick Crimson Peak.
“We got the first draft of the movie now, and we are going to spend another 4-5 months on the screenplay before we start pre-production. We start pre-production next year in August-September and start shooting November-December next year.”
“some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one.”