Guillermo del Toro on Who Will Return in 'Pacific Rim 2'

Scientists yes, kaiju, no (Well, not to start with, anyway)
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Scientists yes, kaiju, no (Well, not to start with, anyway)

For fans of Pacific Rim, here’s something to be thankful for as we head into the holiday: Guillermo del Toro has started talking specifics about the follow-up to his 2013 giant-robots-versus-giant-monsters movie, including who’ll definitely return — and what will be missing, at least to begin with.

“It’s not an immediate follow-up,” the director told Collider about the second movie, which will take place a number of years after the first. “It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after — what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat.  It’s quite a jump.”

Does that mean bad news for those who wanted more giant monsters attacking urban centers? Apparently not; later in the same interview, del Toro made a comment that “the Kaijus are very different” in the new movie, so apparently they’re coming back at some point. Anyway, there’s always the newly-reactivated Godzilla franchise for that after this summer to tide you over.

Even more excitingly, del Toro did have some good news to share: more wacky scientist adventures.

“I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn [Gorman] and Charlie [Day],” he said, referring to the actors who played Dr. Hermann Gottlieb and Dr. Newton Geiszler, respectively. “They are really, really — I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau [Ron Perlman’s black market dealer] so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them.”

Pacific Rim 2, which del Toro will direct, is scheduled for an April 7, 2017 release. Until then, wonder if Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi will show up this time around.

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