Godzilla may have been a big, bad Kaiju-killer and been able to shoot some sort of nuclear fire beam out of its mouth, but it didn’t have a sword and plasma cannon built into its arm, nor ejectable coolant, nor a nuclear reactor, nor escape pods to allow Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori to get away as they nuke the Kaiju home planet, nor does it have a confirmed sequel coming out April 7, 2017.
That’s right — Guillermo del Toro’s Kaiju-mashing blockbuster, Pacific Rim, is getting a sequel in a little under three years, according to his YouTube post. Thanks to the global success of the first film, Del Toro will be jumping back into the director’s chair for a second. According to Box Office Mojo, the original has made $411 million worldwide, though less than a quarter of that came from the U.S. box office. That’s a major payday for the film’s producers. However, some things will be different the second time around.
Though Del Toro will be returning to direct and work on the script once again with writer Travis Beacham — joined by writer Zak Penn, who worked on great action flicks like The Avengers, X-Men 2, and Behind Enemy Lines – Pacific Rim 2 won’t be distributed by Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. Since a pact between Legendary and Warner Bros. ended, Universal gets to cash in on the film. Fortunately for audiences, this shouldn’t result in the degradation of the film. Sadly, this announcement may lay to rest some of the hopes fans had of certain plot lines for a sequel.