Pacific Rim 2: Thumbs Up Or Down?

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro

Will there ever be a Pacific Rim sequel? The film was originally slated for an August 2017 release but now the project has been “halted indefinitely and will be pushed back (if it gets made at all)” says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Pacific Rim 2” Could Be Cancelled For Same Reason As “Tron 3” speculates Scott Mendelson at Forbes.

For a studio that perhaps wanted an extra franchise to impress the stockholders, a Pacific Rim sequel made, well, “sense” is too strong a word, but it wasn’t a terrible idea if costs could be contained or if a movie star could be procured….

But then 2015 happened. Universal had a stunningly solid year…

But for the moment, like Disney when they pulled the plug on Tron 3, Universal is in a rare position of having too many franchises to juggle, to the point where they really don’t want to take a chance on an expensive and risky proposition.

Disney has the Marvel movies, the Star Wars films, the Pixar animated films, the Disney animated films, the “live action version of animated classic” franchise, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. As such, there was no reason to roll the dice on Tron 3.

However, director Guillermo del Toro assured Entertainment Weekly

“We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks,” writer-director Guillermo Del Toro tells EW. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s not gone. We’re still on it.”

Del Toro says the film’s delay is only temporary. “It moved further,” he says. “I may do another movie in the middle.”

Del Toro is no stranger to long-delayed passion-project blockbusters. “I can tell you this, if I was a billionaire, I would definitely do Hellboy 3Pacific Rim 2, and At the Mountains of Madness.” He laughs. “And I would quickly become a millionaire.”

A little joke there…

15 thoughts on “Pacific Rim 2: Thumbs Up Or Down?

  1. I would love to see ‘Hellboy 3’ and ‘At the Mountains of Madness’, but PacRim left me cold (and I LUURRRRV me all kinds of giant robot and Kaiju movies).

  2. How the heck does anyone get left cold by Mako’s origin story scene? That was Hitchcock levels of horror, which is a neat trick to pull off when your filmmaking tools are giant monsters and giant robots.

    Not to mention the sheer feck-it-pass-me-the-popcorn moments like the oil tanker baseball bat sequence 😀

  3. I liked Pacific Rim but I am not sure I want a sequel – it was such a self-contained nice story… 🙂

  4. For a while, there was serious talk about a Godzilla/Pacific Rim movie. Only in a better universe.

  5. I hated the look of the monsters, I hated the tag-team operator storyline… I just plain didn’t like the film. I’d rather watch Robot Jox again.

  6. Meh. I couldn’t get past the complete senselessness of building giant robots to defeat the giant monsters by punching them.
    I wish he’d just do At the Mountains of Madness.

  7. I can’t imagine how anyone could do justice to Mountains of Madness as a movie, but I’m willing to go see it if Del Toro makes it.

    Pacific Rim 2? But it won’t have Stacker Pentecost! Mako was pretty cool, though. I hope somebody explains to Del Toro how names work in English, though.

  8. I will follow the director of PAN’S LABYRINTH and HELLBOY anywhere. (Well, anywhere aside from a dark passageway with a Pale Man in it.)

    PACIFIC RIM wasn’t *quite* at their level, but had a nice go-for-broke Mad Max-Fury-Road feel to it.

  9. I couldn’t get past the complete senselessness of building giant robots to defeat the giant monsters by punching them.

    … What is this I can’t even


    Nope, even reading it in capitals, I can’t see the word “why?” anywhere. The words “awe” and “some” yes, but “why?” doesn’t show up.

    Now, you show me Moon or Gravity and I’ll spit in your lunch because they had the unbelievable plot problems out the wazoo, but neither had GIANT ROBOTS PUNCHING MONSTERS to distract you so they weren’t worth the price of an illegal download, let alone an actual cinema ticket.

  10. Now, you show me Moon or Gravity and I’ll spit in your lunch
    Why my lunch? I didn’t make them.
    Actually, I really liked Moon. Gravity, not so much.

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