Guillermo del Toro Says PACIFIC RIM 2 Begins a Few Years After PACIFIC RIM in a Kaiju-Free World; Charlie Day and Burn Gorman to Return

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About a month ago Guillermo del Toro told Haleigh that he’s going in a very different direction with Pacific Rim 2.  Some favorite characters from the first film will return, but others won’t because del Toro is hoping to use them at the end of Pacific Rim 2 in an effort to ramp things up for a third film.

Who are the lucky ones to make it into Pac Rim 2?  We’ve got two names for you – Charlie Day and Burn Gorman.  While talking to del Toro about the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of The Strain season 1, he told me that Day’s Geiszler and Gorman’s Gottlieb will return for the second film which picks up a few years after the events of the first.  Hit the jump for more.

Guillermo del Toro and Jorge Gutierrez Talk THE BOOK OF LIFE and PACIFIC RIM 2 and 3

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The Book of Life is a beautiful film – from the stunning visuals, to the clever use of pop songs, to the touching message at the film’s core, The Book of Life possess an  arnestness that sets it apart from today’s standard animated fare.  No doubt the film’s singular charm is due to the fourteen years of love and hard work director Jorge Gutierrez put into the project, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that producer Guillermo del Toro spent the last six years shepherding the film to it’s final form.

I recently sat down for an exclusive video interview with Jorge Gutierrez and Guillermo del Toro.  They talked about the long journey to the finished film, how the project changed along the way, bringing Mexican culture to a larger audience, and more.  Additionally, del Toro shared his plans for Pacific Rim 2 and 3.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Guillermo Del Toro Planning for PACIFIC RIM 3; Aiming to Begin Production on PACIFIC RIM 2 in Late 2015

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In addition to just being a fun time at the movies, Pacific Rim showed the power of international box office.  The movie made over three times as much internationally as it did domestically, and that was good enough to get Legendary Pictures to greenlight a sequel.  Speaking to director and co-writer Guillermo Del Toro for his new movie The Book of Life—on which he served as a producer—he told us, “We got the first draft of the movie now, and we are going to spend another 4-5 months on the screenplay before we start pre-production.  We start pre-production next year in August-September and start shooting November-December next year.”

He’s also got big plans for the franchise.  In addition to the animated series leading up to Pacific Rim 2, the sequel will not only be radically different that the first movie, but it will also attempt to lead into Pacific Rim 3.  Hit the jump for more.  Pacific Rim 2 is set for release on April 7, 2017.

PACIFIC RIM Giveaway: Win Costumes and Props from the Film

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More than a year after its release (and with a sequel on the way) Pacific Rim has legions of fans so it’s safe to say that Prop Store’s auction of items from the film (over 300 of them) will be a rousing success when it launches on August 25th at 9:00AM PST.   Seriously, they’ll be unloading mech armor suits, dog tags, special effects helmets and more with 30 batches of items listed per day for 10 consecutive days.

In order to raise awareness for the auction, we’re doing a little contest of our own.  And yes, these are real items from the film.  Hit the jump for more on our Pacific Rim giveaway.

Blu-ray Deals: PACIFIC RIM Collector’s Edition and PREDATOR Bundle Over 50% Off

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Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is quite a catch for creature fans.  The collector’s edition of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which includes the film on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet as well as a collector’s edition Gipsy Danger figure, is currently only $28.99 at a discount of 55% off.  Additionally, the Predator Blu-ray bundle, which includes Predator, Predator 2, Predators, Alien vs. Predator, and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, is only $19.99 at a solid 50% off.  That’s a small price to pay for five Blu-rays and a prep course for Shane Black’s upcoming sequel.  Click the links below to buy:

 

Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM Animated Series; Says It’s Envisioned as a Long Arc That Connects to PACIFIC RIM 2, Not Episodic

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When Legendary Pictures and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro broke the news that Pacific Rim 2 was indeed moving forward with del Toro at the helm, fans were enthused to hear that they’d be returning to the rich, colorful world that del Toro had created in the first film.  However, Legendary and del Toro dropped another surprising nugget of information at the same time, revealing that they’re also moving forward on an animated series adaptation of Pacific Rim.  Details were scarce, but given how full del Toro’s Pacific Rim world seemed to be, an animated series iteration seemed like a perfect fit for the material.

Steve recently spoke with del Toro in anticipation of his upcoming FX series The Strain, and the filmmaker discussed the Pacific Rim animated series at length, revealing that it’s being envisioned as a long arc that bridges the gap between Pacific Rim and Pacific Rim 2 rather than an episodic series where adventures are wrapped up within the span of one episode.  He also talked about the kind of network they’re looking for, the show’s focus on new characters, and more.  Read on after the jump.

Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM 2, New Characters in the Sequel, and His Schedule, Plus New Developments on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS

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Guillermo del Toro’s always got a few projects bubbling in his cauldron, so it’s no surprise to find that a few of the more anticipated ones are in various stages of development.  We recently reported that he had been working on the Pacific Rim 2 script with Zak Penn, and would be returning to direct the sequel for an April 7, 2017 release date.  What’s more surprising is that his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness is still a possibility, albeit a toned-down PG-13 version of what he originally had in mind.  That’s the price you pay for playing in the studio system.  Hit the jump for more on each film.

PACIFIC RIM 2 Release Date Set for April 7, 2017; Guillermo del Toro Returning to Direct

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Pacific Rim 2 is officially a “go”.  Though director Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 “monsters vs. robots” film was in no way a box office disaster, the colorful, bombastic epic failed to catch on with general audiences in Transformers fashion.  It just squeaked past the $100 million mark stateside, but fared much better internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $411 million.  Fans (myself included) hoped this would be enough to convince Legendary Pictures to greenlight a sequel, and we’ve been hearing more updates on the follow-up in the past few months.

Most recently, del Toro revealed that he’s writing the Pacific Rim 2 script with Zak Penn (X2), and now the filmmaker has announced that the pic will hit theaters on April 7, 2017 in IMAX 3D.  Moreover, he revealed that an animated series set within the Pacific Rim world will be unveiled sometime before that date.  More after the jump.

PACIFIC RIM 2 Script Underway by Guillermo del Toro and Zak Penn; Current Version Includes Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori

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While Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim didn’t exactly set the domestic box office on fire, its $400+ million worldwide earning made a sequel a strong possibility for Legendary Pictures.  As such, del Toro recently revealed that he and screenwriter Zak Penn have been working in secret on a script for a sequel, though he stresses that the studio has yet to formally agree to put it into production.  Dispelling rumors that the follow-up film to the mega-mecha feature will actually be a prequel, del Toro said that this picture would follow the events of the first.  Also, the current version of the script includes Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori, played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi in the first film.  Hit the jump for more from del Toro himself.

Legendary CEO Thomas Tull Talks GODZILLA, the Project’s Inception, the Slow Build Structure, the Prospect of a GODZILLA/PACIFIC RIM Crossover, More

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Opening this weekend is director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla.  Produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the film is a new take on the classic monster and it’s loaded with an awesome cast led by Aaron Taylor-JohnsonElizabeth OlsenBryan CranstonKen WatanabeSally HawkinsJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.  For more on the film, watch a featurette on the new Godzilla roar, check out new images, watch 5 clips along with 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, or click here for all of our previous coverage.

At last weekend’s New York City press day, I was able to participate in a group and exclusive interview with Legendary CEO Thomas Tull, which I’ve combined into one big interview here.  During the interviews he talked about the scale of the movie, how everyone they wanted to cast said yes, his reasons for hiring Gareth Edwards, the design of Godzilla, how the project came about, who ultimately decided on the budget, the importance of international box office, the magic number needed for Legendary to make a sequel, the prospect of a Godzilla/Pacific Rim crossover, his thoughts on possibly delving into the Universal Monsters library, Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Legendary Pictures CEO and Producer Thomas Tull Talks GODZILLA, His Love for the Character, Handling Comic-Con, PACIFIC RIM 2, and More

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Most audience members don’t know the names of the people who finance the biggest movies.  They know the actors and sometimes the directors, but the talent behind the best blockbusters can’t make their movie without the backing of someone who believes in the filmmaker’s vision.  In the past 14 years, Legendary Pictures founder and CEO Thomas Tull has made the production company one if the heaviest hitters in Hollywood by backing such hit films as The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Hangover Trilogy, Inception, 42 as well as cult favorites like Trick ‘r Treat and Observe and Report.  So you should probably know his name.

Yesterday, I got the chance to speak with Tull about the studio’s next film, Godzilla, which he also produced.  During our conversation, we talked about his love of the character, why he thinks Gareth Edwards is the right director for the job, how he preps for the studio’s Comic-Con announcement, their new relationship with Universal Pictures, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.  Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Toy Fair: Over 100 Pictures from NECA Booth Including DIVERGENT, PACIFIC RIM, ALIEN, PREDATOR, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and More

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The moment the floor opened, the first stop of Toy Fair 2014 was the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) booth and it was a good thing we started there because this year’s display was overloaded with new items from Captain America: The Winter Solider, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Pacific Rim, Arkham Origins, The Dark Knight and so much more.  Divergent fans should have their eye on NECA, too, because the company also revealed a whole bunch of products for the March 21st release. Hit the jump for more on the upcoming Divergent line and the rest of the NECA 2014 lot including over 100 pictures.

TOP 5: Our Favorite Movies of 2013, New Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, First Trailer for THE RAID 2: BERANDAL, Cinemath

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Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.

Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth EvansThe Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Edgar Wright’s Top 20 Movies of 2013 Include GRAVITY, HER, and SPRING BREAKERS

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Over the past week or so, we here at Collider have been inundating you with year-end lists.  In addition to personal Top 10s from me, Matt, and Dave, we’ve also run down 2013’s best trailers, posters, movie moments, new TV series, returning TV series, and much more.  Now filmmaker Edgar Wright has chimed in with his own personal “Top 20” of 2013.  The director is plenty busy at the moment prepping to direct Marvel’s Ant-Man (starring Paul Rudd, no less), but he graciously took some time to run down a varied list of films that includes Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Pacific Rim, and Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra.  Hit the jump to take a look at the full batch.

THE COLLISION: Episode 71 – Looking Back at 2013 and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

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This week on The Collision, we look back at 2013, high and lows, Top 10 lists, controversies, what 47 Ronin and Labor Day have in common, The Wolf of Wall Street, people not understanding satire, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Infotainment”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore).

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