‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Director on Runtime, Future Sequels, and Going Photoreal with the VFX

     October 27, 2017

Shortly after world premiering the Pacific Rim Uprising trailer at New York Comic-Con, I sat down with director Steven S. DeKnight for an exclusive video interview. During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about how the sequel compares to the first film, wanting to go as photorealistic as they could in the sequel, his current runtime and how that compares to his first cut of the film, and what the sequel is about. Plus, the possibility of doing a Pacific Rim, Godzilla and King Kong combo universe, if they’re already thinking about Pacific Rim 3, and how Pacific Rim Uprising has a definitive ending but it’s very much open to another chapter.


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If you haven’t seen the trailer, Legendary and Universal’s Pacific Rim sequel stars John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first movie, and the story takes place 10 years after the events of Pacific Rim. The Jaeger program has now evolved and expanded into a massive global defense force after the Battle of the Breach, which comes in handy when the Kaiju threat returns. The film also stars Scott EastwoodBurn Gorman, and Cailee Spaeny, Tian JingCharlie DayAdria Arjona and Rinko KikuchiPacific Rim Uprising arrives in theaters on March 23, 2018.

Check out what he had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Steven S. DeKnight:

  • What is it like for him being at NYCC for his first feature film?
  • How does the sequel compare to the first film?
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    Talks about how they wanted to go as photo realistic as they could in the sequel.

  • How any VFX shots do they have in the sequel?
  • How long is his cut of the film right now? It’s currently 2 hours.
  • How long was his first cut of the film?
  • What is the possibility of doing a Pacific Rim, Godzilla and King Kong combo universe?
  • What does he want to tell people about the story of the sequel?
  • With how popular Pacific Rim was internationally, how does that impact what he wants to do in the sequel?
  • How much are they thinking about a 3rd film? Says they have a definitive ending but it’s very much open to another chapter.

Here’s the official synopsis for Pacific Rim Uprising:

The globe spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.


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John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

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