A Pacific Rim Sequel Is Possible

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A Pacific Rim Sequel Is Possible

Legendary Pictures CEO and Pacific Rim producer Thomas Tull says the studio is open to a sequel.

Guillermo Del Toro's action adventure starring massive jaegers and even more massive kaiju was a modest success at the box office last summer. The film's box office gross was $407 million worldwide, a sizeable sum but not enough to guarantee a franchise. The movie has attracted some dedicated fans and praise from critics, topping The Escapist's own MovieBob's Best of 2013 list. Guillermo tel Toro confirmed in October that he and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham were working on a script for a sequel. However, the decision to make a second film in the Pacific Rim universe lies with Legendary Pictures. The studio had been silent on the possibility of a sequel until now. Legendary Pictures CEO and Pacific Rim producer Thomas Tull responded positively to questions about it in an interview with Collider on March 19.

We love being in business with Guillermo and frankly that movie, if you look it up, did I think more business than the first X-Men, did more than Batman Begins, our first movie, did more than Superman Returns, The Fast and the Furious, Star Trek- so for a movie that was an original property that we made up it's done really well. It did north of 400 million dollars globally and both the home video sales and the merchandise have way over-indexed, so it seems like fans really loved the world. So we're going to sit down with Guillermo and as long as we think it's authentic and there's something to say, we're certainly open to it.

Legendary Picture's upcoming Godzilla reboot will further test public appetite for the kaiju genre. If Godzilla does well at the box office, it could help make a Pacific Rim sequel a reality. Pacific Rim will remain a great standalone movie without a sequel, but the world that Del Toro and Beacham created has a lot of potential to tell more stories. A prequel could explore the early days of the jaegars, or a sequel could see humanity intentionally create a rift to the alien dimension that birthed the kaiju. Charlie Day, who played the kaiju-obsessed scientist Newt, has said that Del Toro has considered making his character a villain in the sequel. If you're itching for more Pacific Rim content right away, Beacham has written a graphic novel prequel to film, titled Tales From Year Zero. What do you think? Does Pacific Rim need a sequel?

Source: Screenrant

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Does Pacific Rim need a sequel? No. Would i like one to be made? Yes. :-) Hopefully they will come up with something good, a prequel showing the first attacks and the lead up to the Jaegars would be good. Though im not sure if that story really needs to be told. Since they shut the rift, can they really have another rift open? Guess they could have a number of them open in a proper attack on earth? But if they decide to leave it as a one off movie, im fine with that as well.

Ugh. Words cannot express how much that movie annoyed me. The only time I've ever been totally out of synch with MovieBob. Didn't help that I saw it in IMAX and had to spend the whole movie with my fingers in my ears to avoid permanent damage.

"Pacific Rim 2: This time, we pissed them off so much that we have to summarize the plot in the title because the entire movie is non-stop Giant Robots fighting aliens"

Does it need a sequel..........No. Would I be first in line opening day if they made one.........Hells to the yes. Generally, it's not about total gross that dictates a sequel but how profitable the movie was. Often times, box office intake alone is enough to justify making more. Sure, 400 million is an impressive number but when you factor in the production budget of almost 200 million, that makes those numbers not overly great since you have to bring in other sources of cost that aren't always accounted for publicly, like marketing. I'm glad it's doing well on disc. Disc release has played a big part in many movies getting more in the series. The first Austin Powers movie didn't do that well in theaters but was a massive hit on video so we got more.

Make a Godzilla - Pacific Rim crossover!

I just recently rewatched Pacific Rim and it was even better than the last time. My wife and I were discussing what we loved about it and if a sequel even made sense. It is so nicely rapped up that it would be hard to pull another off, but not impossible. I'd also rather see a sequel than a prequel too, because it would end up in the situation of already knowing who would survive and die.

Honestly though, while Godzilla could certainly get people hyped for another Rim, I think cramming them all together would be over-saturation and ultimately lead to people just not caring as much when it is released. Kaiju movies work best when they are decently spread out, or else the special effects portion of our brains will simply get over stimulated and fry.

YES YES YES YES YES

(ehem)

*adjusts composure*

I would like to see more of this, yes.

I mean, the stuff that happened before Gipsy Danger is pretty awesome in its own right, and brilliant territory to explore in later films.

It doesn't need a sequel. The original movie while fun made 0 sense. The plot and story was such a mess that if it had tried to sell itself as more than excuse to watch giant robots beat up giant monsters I'd of been more disappointed than I was when I caught it in theaters.

But of course this is hollywood who are more deadset on destroying any profitable franchise second only to the games industry. So it will get a sequel, and another sequel and another sequel until its no longer profitable.

I loved the first movie. I felt such joy with the fighting- even to go see it again in theaters.

Can't wait for the sequel. It's also all up to our friend Godzilla 2014 to save the genre so that it gets popular enough for the Pacific Rim sequel to become a reality. Although... to be honest, i'm more hyped for Godzilla overall. The trailers are bone-chillingly awesome.

Can't see how they would go about making another film, the portal got closed off at the end of the first one after all.

They could do another one of these movies, maybe two, but it doesn't have ongoing franchise potential.

As things stand now I fail to see how closing that one portal prevents the aliens from opening another one. They could do a movie where exactly that happens, and then have to deal with the issue of going into the Alien's world to pretty much shut them down permanently. They could do an interesting turnabout where the Jaegers basically become the Kaiju to the aliens. They could potentially stretch that out into two movies if they did it right, but beyond that, there is a point at which this is going to be over and the threat to earth averted (or earth dies, but it's not really that kind of totally grimdark property).

The big trick here is for them to be willing to do another story arc, without trying to expand this into some kind of ongoing series they want to beat into the ground. The sales weren't *THAT* strong and this kind of thing works best in doses.

Blaze the Dragon:
"Pacific Rim 2: This time, we pissed them off so much that we have to summarize the plot in the title because the entire movie is non-stop Giant Robots fighting aliens"

Sold. I would totally go see that movie.

Honestly though, if they do make a sequel (not a prequel, but a true sequel), I want the other Yagers to do more that show up for five minutes and then die. The best part of the film for me was when the others got to fight, and I was so disappointed when they were both taken out almost instantly. I wanted to see a full on brawl.
Another issue they are going to need to address is the sword. Now that we know that Gipsy's sword can slice a Kaiju like a knife through butter, every Yager is going to have one, which means that the Kaiju are going to need a defense against it. Perhaps tougher skin?

Somethingfake:
Can't see how they would go about making another film, the portal got closed off at the end of the first one after all.

Ah, well while there is a theory about the limitation of allowing a time traveler to reach the same time and place to avoid a paradox, there is no such limitation regarding the placement of wormholes. They nuked the alien base and closed the tunnel, but nothing says they can't just set up shop again and start anew. If they've been at it for so long, it stands to reason they've actually encountered heavy resistance before and have ways of dealing with it. Yeah, I'm just shooting in the dark here, but it makes sense.

OT: Oh, I hope they do it. It's a great damn movie to behold.

I do believe I could go for a pacific rim sequel! Just more Jaegers please not just cameo appearances like the first.

Mmmh, even though I don't think it's really needed, I would love to see a sequel to this BUT only if it's done by GDT himself... But then, on the other hand, I want him to do more new and original stuff... So I guess I don't really want a sequel after all... hard choice XD

Big robots punching big monsters in the face again? Sign me up. :)

I'm somewhat unease about it. By all means I LOVED Pacific Rim but we all know some sequel to good films end up being a failure (Ghost Buster 2, Men in Black 2 and etc). As long they don't make the sequel a repeat of the first film then they are on the right path of possibly being good.
I did read somewhere that they could make a some kind of a Jeager/ Kaiju hybrid inthe sequel.

Sounds like fun. Just get a better lead.

Sniper Team 4:

Blaze the Dragon:
"Pacific Rim 2: This time, we pissed them off so much that we have to summarize the plot in the title because the entire movie is non-stop Giant Robots fighting aliens"

Sold. I would totally go see that movie.

Honestly though, if they do make a sequel (not a prequel, but a true sequel), I want the other Yagers to do more that show up for five minutes and then die. The best part of the film for me was when the others got to fight, and I was so disappointed when they were both taken out almost instantly. I wanted to see a full on brawl.
Another issue they are going to need to address is the sword. Now that we know that Gipsy's sword can slice a Kaiju like a knife through butter, every Yager is going to have one, which means that the Kaiju are going to need a defense against it. Perhaps tougher skin?

You silly person, you. Tougher skin would make total sense and thus be boring, obviously future kaiju will have a second spine they can pull out and use as a whip/sword hybrid so we can have giant robots and giant monsters have swordfights.

I would love the idea of seeing another one, since I love the first movie, but I just don't see the need for a new one.

Make Mako the lead character, Make Chuck the boss of the worlds military and fuse technology with the Kaiju in an attempt to destroy new Mark 6 Jagers with future tech.

My sequel - Specific Rim

I'd be up for this. Pacific Rim may not be the most high-class movie, but it has spirit and charm and it's a great blockbuster action flick. And it's actually pretty uplifting too. In this age of grimdark Superman movies and dumb action films that don't even pretend to be about anything, a robots-punching-monsters film that has a few simple but subtle ideas is a great thing. A sequel could ramp up the action, have lots of new designs for mechs and monsters, and maybe explore some of the ideas set out in the first film with greater depth. Imagine delving into what exactly a Kaiju-based society is like, or how the nations use Jaegers now that Kaijus are gone. Hell, I'd even be up for them coming back or an invasion to their territory.

This post contains Pacific Rim spoilers. Please read at your own risk.

I didn't think there was ever any doubt that Pacific Rim could have a sequel...the main question is where do they go from here? The rift was blown up and the jaeger program has been discontinued and all the robots have been destroyed. I guess a new rift could open up as I doubt that one explosion destroyed the entire world that was in there and they could potentially build new jaegers...or they could do a prequel...but see the problem with that is anything after feels like a cop out, and anything before feels underwhelming.

The thing I've always found really odd about Pacific Rim though, and I don't think I can say this about any other film...

The opening of the movie tells the story of Trespasser, the first Kaiju to break through, long before jaegers and how it took like six days for them to take it down.

That's like 15 seconds of the film...and yet I feel like that could have easily made its own movie. I would have sat down to a movie all about humanity trying to destroy Trespasser. He was an awesome Kaiju.

That said, I love Pacific Rim, and while I don't think it needs a sequel, and I dunno if I'd say I want one, you can bet your ass I'd go see one.

And on a similar note, what's with this whole talk of Godzilla/Pacific Rim cross-over? Who else thinks that sounds like a terrible idea? Both series kinda have their own rules and structure set up, and I don't think they would play well off each other. Besides, who do you even root for? No Godzilla fan wants Godzilla to lose, but Jaegers aren't supposed to lose either. Would it just be like most vs. movies that end in some stalemate?

Strain42:

And on a similar note, what's with this whole talk of Godzilla/Pacific Rim cross-over? Who else thinks that sounds like a terrible idea? Both series kinda have their own rules and structure set up, and I don't think they would play well off each other. Besides, who do you even root for? No Godzilla fan wants Godzilla to lose, but Jaegers aren't supposed to lose either. Would it just be like most vs. movies that end in some stalemate?

Well, they don't have to be enemies, right? What if there are Jaegers, Godzilla AND Aliens? What if Jaegers and Godzilla team-up?
Semi-quoting last SBFP podcast: "This thing is gigantic monstrousity, but it is OUR gigantic monstrousity!"

Oh... Hell...Yeah...

OT: I would definitely watch a sequel, but I'd prefer a prequel about Jaegers that are not Gipsy. I'd like to see Cherno, Typhoon and Coyote Tango in action once more.

Mister K:

Well, they don't have to be enemies, right? What if there are Jaegers, Godzilla AND Aliens? What if Jaegers and Godzilla team-up?

Hmm...I guess I never really thought about it that way. Sort of a Jet Jaguar type deal. I suppose that could work. You have thoroughly convinced me. I now believe that a crossover between the two doesn't have to be a horrible idea (still not a fan of the idea, but I guess it's true it doesn't simply have to be a Godzilla/Jaeger throwdown. They could potentially do something interesting with the idea)

...I know that sounded like sarcasm, but it was sincere.

To show my sincerity, my new friend, let us enjoy this image together.

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I would love to see a Pacific Rim Sequel, a concept I was thinking of was that now that the Kaiju are gone the nations of the world begin recreating Jaegers for their own militaries causing all future wars to end up being clashes of Jaegers. Just an idea I thought of one day so I could have an excuse to see a sequel exist and to finally see some big screen Jaeger vs Jaeger fights.

I really hope del Toro has some ideas for a sequel as I can't think of any way to continue the story. Maybe a space invasion by whatever send the kaiju? I'd also dig a prequel about the other robots, they got so little screentime during the battle of Hong Kong sequence.

Ugh the worst movie of last year by far. I hated every bit of it... the one movie i've almost walked out on.

Spoilers ahead:

I can see how it can work, seeing as the two scientists are still 'drifted' with the alien hive mind thing (if the red eyes are still an indication. They also said about them taking over 'many' universes...

maybe it can start off with a global military Jaeger throwdown, with a kaiju invasion interruption, followed by a GTFO we're busy fighting here guys blamfest, then ????, profit

I quite liked the original movie but I don't think that there is enough room for a sequel. As others have pointed out the Kaiju invasion was stopped.

I think that the writers have written themselves into a corner here and it will interesting to see if they can avoid a Deus Ex Machina setup for the second movie

Somethingfake:
Can't see how they would go about making another film, the portal got closed off at the end of the first one after all.

the aliens have the technology to open up a new one, if they can open 1 up, what makes you think they couldn't open up another? how about say... in the Atlantic, and call it Atlantic Rim.

synobal:
It doesn't need a sequel. The original movie while fun made 0 sense. The plot and story was such a mess that if it had tried to sell itself as more than excuse to watch giant robots beat up giant monsters I'd of been more disappointed than I was when I caught it in theaters.

But of course this is hollywood who are more deadset on destroying any profitable franchise second only to the games industry. So it will get a sequel, and another sequel and another sequel until its no longer profitable.

i guess you haven't watched Gundam, Evangelion, Full Metal Panic!, Gurren Lagan, Patlabor, S.T.R.A.I.N., Majestic Prince, Mawaru Penguin Drum, etc. as they make about as much sense.

sneakypenguin:
Ugh the worst movie of last year by far. I hated every bit of it... the one movie i've almost walked out on.

i guess it is safe to assume that you never watched Grown Ups 2, or the latest Scary Movie... i guess you don't see very many movies throughout the year.

Keiichi Morisato:

synobal:
It doesn't need a sequel. The original movie while fun made 0 sense. The plot and story was such a mess that if it had tried to sell itself as more than excuse to watch giant robots beat up giant monsters I'd of been more disappointed than I was when I caught it in theaters.

But of course this is hollywood who are more deadset on destroying any profitable franchise second only to the games industry. So it will get a sequel, and another sequel and another sequel until its no longer profitable.

i guess you haven't watched Gundam, Evangelion, Full Metal Panic!, Gurren Lagan, Patlabor, S.T.R.A.I.N., Majestic Prince, Mawaru Penguin Drum, etc. as they make about as much sense.

No I really haven't. I'm not a huge fan of big monsters fighting robots.

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