After all the Pacific Rim announcements from last week, director Guillermo del Toro is spreading some more light on his upcoming projects. He spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the sequel movie, animated series, and comic book series.
Pacific Rim 2 is still three years away, but that isn’t stopping del Toro from planning the film. He plans to start designing with a core team in six weeks, and it usually takes him nine months to design a movie like Pacific Rim.
When asked about what the sequel might be about, del Toro didn’t go into detail, but did say,
“It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie. Namely, for example ‘the Drift’, which was an interesting concept. [Then there was] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.”
He also said that he plans to bring back some of the surviving characters from the first film, as well as introducing some new faces.
About what the animated series will be about, he said, “We’re formulating ideas that are, again, interesting and not the usual route, but the series tackles the stories that happened to pilots working in the, but also cadets learning how to become pilots. All of this happens prior to the first movie, and it gives you a little more depth into the background of certain characters that will appear in the second movie.” At the moment, they do not have a network selected to air the show.
According to del Toro, the comic book, Tales from Year Zero, and cartoon will both take place within movie canon.
“So by the time the second movie comes out, you will have probably one year of the animation airing, and you will have three years of the comic book series ongoing, so we are trying for all these things to be canon, to be in the same universe, to not wing anything, so that if anyone … a lot of kids, for example, have discovered ‘Pacific Rim’ through the toys. They come in through the toys, and then they watch the movie, and then they learn this, they learn that through the movie or the comic book series, so we’re trying to make it canon so we can expand the universe. And by the time we come into the second movie, you have a good feel for the world, and we can dedicate ourselves to character and ideas and spectacle.”
Pacific Rim 2 is slated to come to theaters April 7, 2017.