Thursday, 3 July 2014

Guillermo del Toro announces Pacific Rim sequel release date

Last month we reported that Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk) was joining forces with Guillermo del Toro to work on developing the script for a Pacific Rim (2013) sequel and bring more Jaeger vs. Kaiju action to our screens. Often such reports don't end up going anywhere other than development limbo, but Legendary Pictures have just announced that the Pacific Rim follow-up will arrive on 7 April 2017.

Speaking in a video statement, del Toro says that fans will be kept entertained by the continuing comic book series and an a new animated show that will follow the adventures of the monster mauling team. The enthusiastic director also mentions that original writer Travis Beacham (Clash Of The Titans) will also be involved, presumably squeezing in time to help out between developing his various TV projects.

"The characters I love will return," del Toro tells BuzzFeed in a new statement. "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."

No deals have been set with the cast yet, but given that the release date is still three years away, there is at least time to figure everything out. And it's not like Guillermo won't be busy – he's currently editing together horror movie Crimson Peak, which is scheduled to land here on 15 October next year.

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