‘Pacific Rim 2’ confirmed for 2017, with a third film planned
A sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim, aka “Robots vs Giant Monsters,” will begin filming in 2015 for a scheduled 2017 release, according to Collider. On top of that, an animated show is in the works, and director Guillermo del Toro is hoping for a third film as well.
“Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one,” Del Toro said.
The fact that a second film is on the way is somewhat remarkable, so a third may be a bit out of reach – for now at least. The first Pacific Rim had a budget estimated around $190 million, but only took in $101.8 million domestically. The film went on to earn an impressive $309.2 internationally, bringing the total to $411 million. That, paired with a vocal cult following and strong home media sales, earned the franchise another chance at the box office.
So far, there has been no confirmation about returning actors, although del Toro’s quote seems to suggest at least some will return. It has been widely assumed that Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi would return, although neither have been confirmed. Others, including Charlie Day and possibly Ron Perlman have also been mentioned as returning, but again, at this point it is entirely speculation.
There are also rumors floating around that the second film will focus more on the Kaiju homeworld. That would make sense, but it is all unconfirmed.