Guillermo del Toro and Zak Penn Have Secretly Been Writing ‘Pacific Rim 2’

By June 9, 2014

Although Pacific Rim 2 has not been given an official green light and the film doesn’t even have a release date to push just yet (fun fact: the furthest film release date that BoxOfficeMojo shares on the calendar portion of their site is an untitled Fox/DWA/Blue Sky animation project, which will arrive on December 21, 2018), it sure sounds like the next entry in Hollywood’s other kaiju-centric wannabe-franchise is moving right along.

Director Guillermo del Toro has now shared an exciting and tantalizing little tidbit, telling BuzzFeed that he’s been working on the script for the next film for whole months now, though Travis Beacham, who conceived of and co-wrote the first feature, is not directly involved. Instead, del Toro has been writing alongside Zak Penn (The Avengers, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four).

He told the outlet, “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. 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.”

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Beacham’s television project, Hieroglyph, is about a thief who is pulled out of an ancient prison to serve a pharaoh. It sounds okay, and perhaps it will lay the groundwork for Beacham to actually become a TV mogul, though we hesitate to call him one just yet. Still, Beacham’s involvement with the basic storyline of the film is heartening.

Although the film has not been green lit, del Toro and Penn are working on the project with plenty of zeal, and the director good-naturedly shared with BuzzFeed, “I don’t have the money, but I’m proceeding like it is happening.”

Del Toro also assured the outlet that the film would continue with the adventures of Raleigh and Mako, though he confessed, “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.” And, no, the film will not be a prequel, as del Toro told the outlet, “Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion.”

Too bad, we kind of were!

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Kate Erbland
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