Writer/director Guillermo del Toro dropped some news about story details and returning cast members for the second Pacific Rim movie, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom (2018) in movie theaters on February 23, 2018, and a little news about the Pacific Rim animation. He stated that he does not want to declare anything about the film that he is not directing, now directed by Steven S. DeKnight, but a lot of the cast is returning. Read on below for the exact interview and a link below to read the full interview.
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On returning cast members:
As a producer I learned not to declare anything about a movie I’m not directing. I can tell you this--a lot of the cast from the first movie is coming back. I leave those communications to Steven DeKnight. He’s not only a director, but he’s actually a guy I respect and admire and it’s his movie.
On expanding the universe with this sequel and the animated series:
If and when the animated series happens, we are mixing them. In fact the sequel takes some ideas that we created for the animated series originally. I think we need to let the live-action lead. When we went with Steven we showed him everything we were developing and he said, ‘I like this from this universe, I like this from this element, I want to bring them into the movie.’ It’s easy to expand cause you have not only the Jaeger-human universe and the Kaiju-alien universe, but (also) the fact that you are now able to play in a very history-filled universe. We started the war with the Kaiju, we won the war with the Kaiju and now it’s a postwar of those two universes.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Steven S. DeKnight
Official Synopsis: It is 2035, ten years after the Battle of the Breach, in which the inter-dimensional portal created by the Precursors (through which they sent marauding Kaiju) was closed. Former Jaeger pilot Jake Pentecost - son of Battle of the Breach hero Stacker Pentecost - makes a living by stealing and selling Jaeger parts on the black market in the Los Angeles area. After he tracks part of a disabled Jaeger's power core to the secret workshop of fifteen year-old Jaeger enthusiast Amara Namani, both are arrested by the Pan-Pacific Defense Corps (PPDC) after an altercation between Amara's small, single-pilot Jaeger Scrapper and the Police Jaeger November Ajax. A holographic transmission of Jake's adoptive sister and PPDC Secretary General Mako Mori persuades him to return to PPDC as an instructor, with Amara as his recruit..
Cast: Ron Perlman, Max Martini, Robert Maillet, Charlie Hunnam, Rajeev Pahuja, Shane Rangi, Marco Sinigaglia, Burn Gorman, Tian Jing, Josh Stamberg,…
Genres: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure