Del Toro reveals returning characters, time jump for Pacific Rim sequel

Hot on the heels of confirmation that Pacific Rim 2 is officially in development, Guillermo del Toro has revealed a few details about the potential storyline and characters we’ll see in the next go-round. Del Toro is working on the script with original writer Travis Beacham and Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand).

Not surprisingly, del Toro wants to dig deeper into the world-building and pick up a few years after the events of Pacific Rim to see how things have changed once the Kaiju threat was (seemingly) eliminated at the end of the first film. What happens to all those Jeagers, the tech, world governments? Good question.

Del Toro also revealed that fan-favorite characters Gottlieb (Burn Gorman, Torchwood) and Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) would be back. The duo was arguably one of the most entertaining things about the first film (assuming GIANT ROBOTS FIGHTING GIANT MONSTERS wasn't enough entertainment for you), and we’re psyched to hear he’ll be bringing them back. 

Check out what he told Collider about the project below:

“It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat.  It’s quite a jump.

It’s quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really – I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn's] in Crimson Peak for that reason, because I love working with him.  You’re gonna get a lot of that, but the Kaijus are very different and you’re gonna see a very different type of the robots I think.  It’s gonna be quite a different adventure.”

Pacific Rim 2 is set to open on April 7, 2017. Do you like where del Toro wants to take things?

(Via Collider)

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