Guillermo del Toro has announced via a YouTube video that the world of Pacific Rim just got a whole lot bigger! Not only will the prequel comic book series – Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero – be continuing, but the director is working on a Pacific Rim sequel and animated series.
Del Toro spoke with Buzzfeed about the Pacific Rim sequel and issued the following statement:
“The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.”
Additionally, Del Toro revealed Pacific Rim 2 will release on April 7, 2017 in 3D and IMAX 3D. And though it may be a little while before these new PacRim projects see the light of day, fans can be sure that each will carry Del Toro’s signature gothic style.
You can watch the announcement below:
2013’s Pacific Rim boasted a hefty $190 million budget but only managed to bring in $101.8 million domestically, which left the possibility of a sequel in doubt. The foreign market was much kinder, however, and brought in $309.2 million. A sequel was never guaranteed, and it’s wonderful news for fans anxious to witness more of the jaeger battling kaiju action they love.
Are you happy to hear Pacific Rim is getting a sequel? As well as an ongoing comic series and an animated show? What factors do you believe played a part in these new projects getting greenlit?