While Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim was not a flop, it barely broke even. The sci-fi monster film had a nearly $200M budget, and it grossed over $400M. Counting marketing costs, the movie just earned slightly more than what was put into it. Nevertheless, a sequel has officially been confirmed. Legendary Pictures has announced that the Pacific Rim sequel will hit theaters on April 7th, 2017. Del Toro will return to direct a script by Zak Penn and Travis Beacham. While Warner Bros. distributed the first film, the sequel will be handled by Universal, which is Legendary’s new go-to studio for distribution.
Del Toro had this to say to Buzzfeed about returning characters. “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.” Negotiations are underway for the actors to return to their respective roles.
Additionally, del Toro has revealed that a Pacific Rim animated series is in the works, and will premiere sometime before the release of the movie’s sequel. Despite the first film arguably experiencing an underwhelming reception, del Toro, Legendary and co. are clearly confident in expanding this new franchise. Legendary now has two giant monster franchises – after Godzilla‘s recent success, a sequel to that is also in the works.