Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” ended up being one of those awkward bubble movies. Earning $411 million worldwide from a large budget, the Legendary Pictures film made enough to warrant a sequel, but was not a runaway hit either critically or financially by any means.
The sequel was approved with a smaller budget, and the original film’s star Charlie Hunnam tells EW that he hopes that the next film will shift the focus away from the larger spectacle elements of monstrous kaijus battling giant robots, and focus some more on the character scenes:
“When it becomes very technical, those technical aspects create a rigidity to the process. Then all of the sudden, you have to find where your little place to fit into that process is, as opposed to the whole thing being about you… I think world creation and monster creation and all of that stuff is exciting as a secondary element of storytelling. When it becomes more important than storytelling, I get very nervous, and you sort of lose me a little bit.
Although we tried very hard on Pacific Rim to marry those two elements, I do feel like ultimately it got weighed heavier on the side of spectacle than storytelling. Not to say I wasn’t proud of the film. I really liked it, and I felt like it delivered exactly what it was supposed to. But I do feel like we could have maybe plumbed the depths of the character and the storytelling a little bit more.”
The film was marketed on the concept of being big silly fun combined with del Toro’s knack for visuals and style, but the script left something to be desired. Both del Toro and Travis Beacham are returning as writers, but this time they’ve enlisted the help of Zak Penn to work on the script a bit as well which will hopefully add some more depth. The new film is currently slated for an August 2017 release.