Guillermo Del Toro + Giant Robots + Kaijus. What more can one ask for?!
Back in 2013, we were introduced to Pacific Rim. Kaujis were attacking Earth and we fought back by building giant robots (which we dubbed Jaegers). This plot was super simple, and that was ok. Pacific Rim didn’t have to have a super, crazy complex story to be an effective film. Robots vs. monsters. That’s what the movie promised, and that’s what we got.
Personally, I’ve been split with Michael Bay’s Transformers movies (1 & 3 were good, in my opinion. While 2 & 4 were VERY bad). After watching Pacific Rim, I felt that this movie did what Transformers should have done… Kept things fairly simple and mainly about Autobots and Decepticons. But, you know, Hollywood thinks that people will only watch movies if they force feed us redundant love stories and people problems. Del Toro gave audiences just enough story involving people for obviously reasons, but kept the movie entirely centered around Jaegers and Kaujis.
Let’s be honest, if you were a fan of Godzilla, Voltron, Power Rangers, Gundam, Ultraman or anything along those lines, there was no reason why Pacific Rim wouldn’t resonate well with you. There was a bit a of campiness but nothing overwhelming. The fight scenes were heavy hitting, literally… You could feel the impact of every crash, punch and explosion. Del Toro did such a good job with directing this film.
It’s been a while since the first film. There’s been a lot of “yes” and “no” and “I don’t know”, as far as a sequel was concerned. Del Toro has been very vocal about wanting to direct the sequel, but with the first film’s lack of monster box office numbers, no one was sure if it would actually happen.
Several months ago, John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) has announced some projects he would be producing… Pacific Rim: Uprising was one of those projects.
Del Toro steps down as director, while Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil 2015, Smallville) will be taking over for the sequel. John will also be playing Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, who was played by Idris Elba. Charlie Day, Rinko Kikiuchi and Burn Gorman will all be reprising their roles from the first film and will joined by Scott Eastwood.
As of now, not much is known about Uprising, but the fact that it’s coming is enough to get fans of the first film super excited.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is slated to release some time in 2018.