For a film that rather famously fell below financial expectations, there’s been quite a lot of talk about Pacific Rim and it’s sequel, which has had more than a few issues getting off the ground. For awhile, it looked like Pacific Rim 2 would be Guillermo del Toro‘s follow-up to this year’s (quite excellent) Crimson Peak, but then financial troubles with Legendary Entertainment seemingly derailed these plans. In response, del Toro looked to be moving on to whatever his next project would be, which, as I reported last week, may very well be a remake of Fantastic Voyage for producer James Cameron. And regardless of what happens, it should be said that Fantastic Voyage would be a great project for the filmmaker, with endless ways for him to play with scale and inordinate design.
The director, however, wants to make it clear that Pacific Rim 2 is still very much a priority for him. Yesterday, he took to Twitter to announce that any and all reports of the sequel being dead in the water are baseless. You can read the filmmaker’s tweet in response to the rumors right below:
Pac Rim 2 cancelled? Don’t believe everything you read. It’s still going and I’ll remain w it in one way or another!
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 11, 2016
This stern pronouncement may have something to do with the fact that Legendary Entertainment was just sold to Dalian Wanda Group, a Chinese conglomerate, for some $3.5 billion; it’s worth noting that Pacific Rim was far more popular in China than in America, on the whole. Beyond that, it’s clearly a film that is close to del Toro, his most gigantic expression for monster-movie love with an oft-dismissed but still stirring emotional bedrock, and there’s every reason to believe that he could make something just as entertaining and memorable in the sequel. Only time will tell, of course, but it’s reassuring to know that del Toro is still thinking of giant robots and monsters. Well, okay, he’s probably always thinking of giant robots and monsters.