Guillermo del Toro Says He’s Still Writing the PACIFIC RIM Sequel with Travis Beacham

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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro made a splash this summer with his massive “monsters vs. robots” epic Pacific Rim.  Though the Warner Bros. film carried a hefty budget, the pic did solid business at the box office, bringing in over $400 million worldwide.  Del Toro always envisioned sequels to the pic in order to further flesh out the Pacific Rim world, and last we heard a follow-up was looking likely from a studio standpoint given the pic’s success at the global marketplace.  Though the sequel still has yet to receive an official greenlight, del Toro recently revealed that he and screenwriter Travis Beacham are still working on the script for Pacific Rim 2.  Hit the jump for more.

pacific-rim-2-sequel-guillermo-del-toro-charlie-hunnamSpeaking with IGN to promote the release of Pacific Rim on Blu-ray, del Toro confirmed that he is indeed hard at work on scripting the follow-up:

“We are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to greenlight or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.”

The Blu-ray sales of the film can’t hurt the follow-up’s chances, and hopefully the studio will make a firm decision in the coming months.  It’s unclear whether the decision lies with Legendary Entertainment or Warner Bros. given that the two have since parted ways, but fans are no doubt crossing their fingers for a positive outcome either way.

Del Toro is rather busy for the next two years so he may not be in a position to direct the Pacific Rim follow-up, as he’s currently shooting the pilot for his FX series The Strain and he begins production on his next feature, Crimson Peak, in February.

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  • dude i

    Featuring a jaeger from Canada “Mr. eh” with a giant hockey stick. It has moves like slashing, cross checking and charging.

    • The Flobbit

      I would so dig that.

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      Pfft. Our Canadian Jaeger would just win over the Kaijus with its hospitality and kindness.

    • Mitchell Taco Nash

      Pfft. Our Canadian Jaeger would just win over the Kaijus with its hospitality and kindness.

  • The Flobbit

    Bring it on!

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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Unfortunatley, I do not see this happening. When a film with a $190M price tag doesn’t do over $500M worldwide and with domestic sales barely reaching $100M the profit was either at a breakeven point or they lost some as marketing is never factored in with production budgets. There was a great article written recently talking about how Paramount recently has laid off a large section of their workforce because all of their films this year barely made a profit – Hansel & Gretal, Pain&Gain, G.I. Joe, Star Trek into Darkness and WWZ. After looking at the amount of money each film made it was more than double their production budgets. But when you break down the cost of what the studios earn and add in their marketing budgets all films either broke even or barely made a profit. I have a feeling that Guillermo Del Toro will never see a budget like that again and it’s a shame as he is such a talented director.

    • Person

      Yeah but I think WB will more like look at this first Pacific Rim as having established the story, characters, mythology, and giving people a taste of what to expect. It’s difficult to establish a franchise in Hollywood these days that isn’t based on a comic book and doesn’t have any huge stars. Plus, Pacific Rim is the kind of movie that will almost certainly sell big on Blu-ray and develop a sort of cult following, which could increase its odds of a sequel even more. Besides, WB had its fair share of successes this year (Gatsby, Hangover, Man of Steel, Millers, Gravity) that it wasn’t super-dependent on Pacific Rim to break box office records.

      I liked PR a lot but I’m of the opinion that it doesn’t really require a sequel, but if they make one, I’ll definitely be at the midnight show.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        I don’t know. I mean I hope they do as I’m a fan of Del Toro but as Dredd has proved that it takes a lot more than DVD sales to really get a sequel lit. But then again the Punisher was able to get a sequel made due to DVD sales so maybe there is still hope.

      • Person

        There’s certainly hope, if WB does end up green-lighting a sequel they’ll do it at the very end of 2013 or the very beginning of 2014, once all holiday sales are done and PR has sold its max possible amount of DVDs/Blu-rays. At that point they’ll most likely push for a summer 2016 release (2015 is already too crowded and there’s no way GDT has the time to scrape a movie like PR2 together in a year and a half).

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        I don’t know. I mean I hope they do as I’m a fan of Del Toro but as Dredd has proved that it takes a lot more than DVD sales to really get a sequel lit. But then again the Punisher was able to get a sequel made due to DVD sales so maybe there is still hope.

  • scurvy

    I think he can do a second one on a slimmer budget. The world and a lot of the development is done. He made the spectacle already. He can skim this one down to one or two epic fight scenes and actually get in all of the character stuff he had to cut it off the first movie.

    • Person

      I’d definitely be down for that.

    • cat

      I agree that Del Toro could definitely pull off a smaller budget. But less battles is a depressing thought. My main complaint about the first one was I wanted to see more of the other jaegers in action.

      Makes me almost wish Hunnam’d stuck with the mommy porn. Would’ve garnered more interest in all of his projects.

    • The Flobbit

      Are you kiddin? I loved the movie, but the budget was already really low. Watching it on DVD, you can see in all the indoor scenes the greenscreen,and it looks really fake. If anything, this needs a BIGGER budget, say 200 mil.

  • MrBurrrns

    This is a movie that really does not need a sequel. There are so many better opportunities.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

    so much overhyped, i found it down right disappointing.

  • Tyler

    I just want to say that I loved the first movie, and I am excited with the sequel. Knowing that Guillermo and Travis are both back, it brings new life to the sequel. I am happy that they are excited about making it, but I am still nervous. If the film lacks the great story, great characters, awesome action and spectacular VFX that the first one had, I am afraid that you will have one dissatisfied fan. But, mind you, that’s just a worst case scenario.

  • Tyler

    I just want to say that I loved the first movie, and I am excited with the sequel. Knowing that Guillermo and Travis are both back, it brings new life to the sequel. I am happy that they are excited about making it, but I am still nervous. If the film lacks the great story, great characters, awesome action and spectacular VFX that the first one had, I am afraid that you will have one dissatisfied fan. But, mind you, that’s just a worst case scenario.

  • Byron Harris

    Pacific Rim 2? HELLS YEAH!!!

  • Nemesis11

    please make At the Mountains of Madness first.. Please?

  • Patricia

    loved this movie, hope it materializes

  • cuteview

    One of the worst movies of the year…that shit sucked harder than Debbie in Dallas…

  • Hamza

    I really hope a sequel happens, Pacific Rim wasn’t quite the flop people have made it out to be. If it finds its following on Blu-Ray/DVD then the studio would have no reason not to give the film a green light, since the director is already on board.

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