Good news for fans of big-budget sci-fi. Guillermo del Toro announced today that Pacific Rim 2, a sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim, will be hitting theaters on April 7, 2017.
According to the filmmaker, the script is currently being written by Zak Penn, Travis Beachem and Del Toro himself. The film will be released by Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures (the original film was distributed by Warner Bros.). Del Toro also announced that a Pacific Rim animated series is in the works. No timetable was given for when that will debut. And finally, del Toro also announced that the Pacific Rim comic book series that began last year will continue. All in all, this is exciting news if you're a fan of the original film.
Del Toro is currently at work on Crimson Peak, his Gothic horror tale, which will hit theaters in October 2015. He also directed several episodes of The Strain, a new TV series that is debuting on FX on July 13. Del Toro also has many other projects in the works, but it looks like he will finish Crimson Peak and then get straight to work on Pacific Rim 2. I enjoyed the first film, although it certainly does have its flaws. However, the awesome fight scenes and the great musical score made up for the lack of strong dialogue and unique central characters. It was just good to see an original blockbuster. Even though the first film wasn't the greatest film ever, I still held out hope that del Toro would make a sequel because I think that there's so much more to explore in this world. In addition to that, del Toro has suggested many storylines for the sequel and most of them seem incredibly interesting. I'm really excited to see what del Toro has in store for us here. It's safe to say that I'm excited for 2017.