For some time after Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. robots slugfest Pacific Rim was released, we didn't know if a sequel was coming. Of course, Del Toro wanted to make one, and fans wanted one, but the film's slow domestic box office was cause for studio concern. Then the greenlight came, and we were overjoyed.
Now, we're back to worrying thanks to a report that surfaced earlier this week claiming that the film might be delayed indefinitely, or even canceled altogether, thanks to a combination of budget concerns and studio shuffling. Now, Del Toro himself has weighed in on the reports, and as far as he's concerned, he's still making a movie.
“We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks,” Del Toro told Entertainment Weekly. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s not gone. We’re still on it.”
So, is there a delay? Apparently, yes, but that doesn't seem to worry Del Toro either. He'll just make another movie while he's waiting.
“It moved further,” he said. “I may do another movie in the middle.”
So, in other words, Pacific Rim 2 is in the same boat that so many long-gestating Del Toro projects are and have been in. We've been hearing about everything from a Frankenstein adaptation to a Haunted Mansion movie to an adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness from Del Toro for years, and none of them have materialized yet. That doesn't stop him from trying, though. Studio politics and budgets aside, he's still a man of ambition.
“I can tell you this, if I was a billionaire, I would definitely do Hellboy 3, Pacific Rim 2, and At the Mountains of Madness." He laughs. “And I would quickly become a millionaire.”
So, don't give up hope for Pacific Rim 2. Just be patient.