Last year's Pacific Rim may not have been the huge hit that was hoped, but it nevertheless managed to gross a very reasonable $411 million worldwide - a figure that's not to be sniffed at - and in light of those numbers, it's starting to look increasingly likely that it won't be our last run-in with huge over-powered mechs by any stretch.
Director Guillermo del Toro confirmed towards the end of last year that he and screenwriter Travis Beachman were working on a new script together, while Beachman has also written a graphic novel prequel. Speaking last year, del Toro said:
We are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.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.
To give both del Toro and fans of the original some renewed hope for a sequel, producer Thomas Tull reacted quite well to being questioned about the possibility of a follow up when speaking with Collider yesterday, refusing to rule anything out and claiming that the studio was most definitely open to the idea:
WWe love being in business with Guillermo and frankly that movie, if you look it up, did I think more business than the firstX-Men, did more thanBatman Begins, our first movie, did more thanSuperman 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 themerchandisehave way over-indexed, so it seems likefans 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.