Guillermo del Toro teases the 'new journey' we'll see in Pacific Rim 2

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Jul 30, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT (Updated)

Guillermo del Toro’s passion positively bleeds into his movies, and there’s hardly a film that can rival Pacific Rim when it comes to pure, fist-pumping fun. So what does he have planned for the sequel?

Del Toro obviously isn’t spilling everything just yet, but now that a sequel is officially on the way, he chatted with Hero Complex about where he’d like to take the Pacific Rim universe next. We’ve already heard that he wants to dig into the world-building with that upcoming animated series, but what about the big-screen followup?

The director said the first draft of the screenplay will be done within a month, and they’re in the prep stages of cranking up design work. Considering all the monsters and mechs, we could see where the design phase might take a while. As for the story, he promised a whole lot of new things for everyone’s favorite pilot, Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam), plus a deeper exploration of the Anteverse:

“We start designing in three weeks. We get the first draft of the screenplay in three weeks; Zak Penn and I are co-writing and then there’s a long, long, long journey of drafts and design. It took nine months to design “Pacific Rim”; it will take nine months or more to design the second one. We start scouting for the movie in the summer next year, July, and then we start shooting in November. Then it’s a long year of post after we wrap and we’ll probably be showing the movie in January/February 2017 to test audiences …

No, it’s all over the world this time. I want it to be different enough to the first one that you don’t feel you’re seeing the same movie. I’m doing a little more location-oriented stuff, there are night battles, but there are also daylight battles. The things we do in the action scenes is very different from the first one. We are expanding the mythology of the Anteverse. We are taking the characters into a completely different journey this time because Raleigh for me solved his problem the minute he was able to go full circle and save Mako by sacrificing himself, which is what he couldn’t do with his brother. He’s not on that journey anymore, he’s on a new journey.”

Though it borrowed from the proud tradition of massive monster movies from decades past, Pacific Rim was one of the most distinctive films we’ve seen in years. We can’t wait to see where del Toro takes things next. What would you like to see from the sequel?

(Via Hero Complex)