Two “Pacific Rim” Sequel Plans Set

A sequel to filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” is locked in for an April 3rd 2017 release, but the director is already planning beyond that.

Out doing press for “The Book of Life,” del Toro revealed to Collider that he is actually planning on making a third “Pacific Rim” film and is building in links to it in the second one:

“We got the first draft of the movie now, and we are going to spend another 4-5 months on the screenplay before we start pre-production. We start pre-production next year in August-September and start shooting November-December next year.

The direction we’re going in is very different from the first. All I can say is some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one. I hope people like it, but you’re going to get a very different experience from the first one.”

The likes of Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam), Mako (Rinko Kikuchi), Newt (Charlie Day), Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) and possibly Hannibal (Ron Perlman) are expected back for “Pacific Rim 2”. As previously revealed, an animated TV series is also in the works that will bridge the gap between the first two movies.