Del Toro, Penn Working On “Pacific Rim 2”?

Out doing promotion for the upcoming “The Strain” TV series, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro briefly discussed the sequel to the sci-fi action thriller “Pacific Rim”. The filmmaker confirmed to Buzzfeed that scripting is well underway:

“I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn (“The Incredible Hulk,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”). We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham (co-writer of the first film) was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.”

Del Toro also confirms that the script currently includes Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi).

“Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion. I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one – but you will get really great spectacle.”

The $190 million-budget first film grossed $411 million at the global box-office and performed far beyond expectations in terms of video sales and merchandise. Despite this, Legendary Pictures has yet to give a green light to the film.