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"Pacific Rim 2" Dated, Animated Series Coming

By Garth Franklin Friday June 27th 2014 10:56AM

Currently in post-production on the Gothic haunted house thriller "Crimson Peak," filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has posted an announcement for fans of his 2013 giant robots vs. monsters movie "Pacific Rim".

First up, he confirms that he, Zak Penn and Travis Beachem are at work on the sequel, and that a release date has been set - April 7th 2017. At the same time, he announces plans for both a new animated TV series and a continuation of the 'Year Zero' comic book link.

Speaking with Buzzfeed, del Toro also discussed which characters from the first would be back. He says:

"The characters I love will return. Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam), Mako (Rinko Kikuchi), Newt (Charlie Day), Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman) - but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we're ready to have a blast."

Despite a soft domestic performance, "Pacific Rim" ended up performing strong overseas with a solid $411 million worldwide last summer.

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