Pacific Rim 2 has always been one of those “I’ll believe it when I see it” projects. Guillermo del Toro was talking about it even before the first film came out, and then when it seemed like a sequel would in fact happen, pre-production was halted in mid-September before Universal pressed paused indefinitely. However, del Toro isn’t ready to give up. The filmmaker posted an update to his Twitter account to keep hope alive.
According to him, the script and budget for Pacific Rim 2 are both finalized and submitted to Universal. Now, apparently, it’s all up to the studio. It’s important to note that this isn’t the first time del Toro has tried to keep the buzz going around this film. Even though there appears to be hope, it doesn’t mean this sequel will actually happen.
Here’s what del Toro had to say:
PACIFIC RIM 2: Budget and script went in. No answers yet. If anything happens, I will post. If nothing happens, I will just keep rambling.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) October 29, 2015
When Universal made the announcement of Pacific Rim 2’s indefinite postponement, they wrote in a statement that they’re still “committed” to making the project, but only as the “vanguard, fully immersive experience that the franchise deserves.” Even that doesn’t guarantee a green light, but it would seem to be in their best interest to keep this moneymaker alive.
The production budget for Pacific Rim was $190 million and it went on to make $411 million at the global box office. Despite its success, the cost to make it was high and, therefore, didn’t automatically inspire a sequel commitment. Last year, del Toro said that the sequel would take place a few years after the events of the first film in a future where Kaiju have been purged from the world. The question would then become, what happens to all of this Jaeger technology? Charlie Day and Burn Gorman were also said to return at the time, but the script could have undergone changes since then.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of Pacific Rim 2. As we learned from Game of Thrones, “What is dead may never die.”