It is still unclear as to whether Guillermo Del Toro’s summer film Pacific Rim will earn enough to warrant a sequel. The domestic box office for the film has been below expectations, but it is doing well overseas in markets that in recent years have become more important to a film’s financial health. The film has yet to open in Japan, where it is understandably expected to do big box office.
Del Toro is certainly hoping for the chance to revisit his world of giant mechs fighting giant monsters and dished some story ideas that he and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham are developing to MTV.
While the film seems to have a pretty definitive victory on the part of the humans over the aliens who have been sending the giant monsters, known as kaiju, through the dimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, Del Toro states that that battle actually sets up the sequel’s story.
I’ll tell you a couple of things. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. Second thing is you’re gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special… Just think about it for a second. We sent Gipsy to the other side, right? It exploded, but whatever remains stays there.
He also states that “the Drift,” the psychic connection between the two operators of the giant mechanized jaegers which was also briefly established between a scientist and a portion of a kaiju brain, will also play an important part on what may come.
We’ve drifted with a Kaiju brain. Well, then start riffing on that and you’ll get to something.
Sounds like some intriguing ideas. here’s hoping that we’ll get to see them on screen.
Here’s the complete video to MTV’s interview.