Will we get another dose of Jaeger vs. Kaiju awesomeness?
Guillermo del Toro's summer sci-fi spectacle Pacific Rim got plenty of acclaim from fans and critics upon its release, but the money it earned left a lot of people wondering whether it could really be called a hit. The film racked up $407 million in worldwide box office with a $190 million budget, and that seems like a fair haul, but people who weren't quite sure that was enough to call the film a box-office success left screenwriter Travis Beacham frustrated enough to defend the film's numbers on Twitter. It's now been three months since the film hit theaters, and we're still not sure if we'll ever see the sequel that both del Toro and Beacham said they were planning. But what does del Toro himself think the odds are?
In an interview promoting this week's Blu-ray release of Pacific Rim, del Toro confirmed that he and Beacham are at work on the sequel, though at this point they're not sure if anything will move past the script phase.
"No, we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active," del Toro said. "The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate."
That's encouraging news, though it's always possible the studio execs will take a look at what del Toro and Beacham are planning and get cold feet. But del Toro believes the box-office numbers are only part of the story. It's his hope that, as he and Beacham develop Pacific Rim 2, the first film's fanbase will be a vocal built-in audience waiting for another movie.
"To me, what was beautiful and flattering was how people saw the movie not once or twice but three, four times or more. People that love it, love it with great passion. So I would love to continue telling stories about that world."
Of course, del Toro's still got the pilot of his upcoming The Strain TV series to get through, as well as his next film, Crimson Peak, before he can get around to making this hypothetical sequel, but at least he's already putting some energy into it.
What do you think? Will Pacific Rim 2 really happen?