‘Pacific Rim 2’ Is Really Happening, Gets Release Date

By June 27, 2014
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Although there’s been little doubt that we’d actually be getting a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim recent news about the script’s current state only bolstered expectations, along with del Toro’s and co-writer Zak Penn’s apparent excitement over the project — it’s now official. No, really official, because this thing has a release date and the promise of a returning cast.

Del Toro spoke to BuzzFeed about the news, and he shared plenty of details of what we can expect to see in the next installment of Pacific Rim, though we’ll have to wait quite awhile to actually see it — the film will arrive on April 7, 2017. Although that sounds pretty far off, that doesn’t mean that del Toro and producers Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures don’t already have some stiff competition lined up, as a number of high profile films will release around that date, including the next Wolverine film (March 3, 2017), the final Divergent film (March 24, 2017), an untitled Marvel property (May 5, 2017), and untitled LEGO movie (May 26, 2017). As of now, the April 7th date only has one other inhabitant — Fox’s 3D animated outing, Ferdinand.

The director shared some interesting tidbits with the outlet, including that he plans to launch “an animated series set in the Pacific Rim world will be released at an undetermined time before Pacific Rim 2 is released.” Del Toro also mentioned a continuation of the comic book series that began with “Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero,” a prequel to the first film that chronicles what happened when the kajiu first started showing up.

Despite the recent news that del Toro and Penn had been working on the script “in secret,” the filmmaker has added some clarification — original screenwriter Travis Beacham is on board, sort of, and will “be contributing to the expansion of the Pacific Rim franchise,” as BuzzFeed puts it.

As for who else will be back for more? Just about everyone, it seems. Del Toro told the outlet, “The characters I love will return…Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.” BuzzFeed also reports that “the film’s original actors, including Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman, are expected to return, but official deals are not yet complete.”

Excited? You should check out just how excited del Toro is:

The first film opened in July of 2013, so if del Toro and company are looking to turn this into a bonafide series, this might signal that we should expect subsequent Pacific Rim films to arrive in the spring (staking out “traditional” release dates has become a favorite of big franchises, from Twilight to The Hunger Games, and certainly adds to the “event” feel of these releases).

Pacific Rim 2 will hit theaters on April 7, 2017.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.