Guillermo Del Toro Looks To Zak Penn To Assist On PACIFIC RIM 2 Script
These days, it’s so hard to gauge whether or not a film will be a success. Sequels, for the most part, do pretty well and can be expected to make the studios some money. Reboots and remakes are more of a gamble, but curiosity usually gets the best of people and they check the film out. Then there are films that are based on comics, books and other media. Again, for the most part, these are at least somewhat successful. But there are some, Edge of Tomorrow comes to mind, that despite positive reviews, people just don’t care. Original films are a completely different animal all together, as was the case for Guillermo Del Toro’s epic robot vs monster film from 2013. Nerds were more than excited about Pacific Rim, but the general movie audience, not so much. The film did just OK here in the US, but overseas, people ate it up. Pacific Rim made enough money was just popular enough to warrant a sequel, but with Guillermo Del Toro, you just never know which of his projects will actually make it to filming. For some time now, the visionary director/writer/producer has said nothing was happening on the sequel, but to our surprise, he’s actually been working on a script with a new partner for several months.
In a recent chat with Buzzfeed, Del Toro stated that he and Zak Penn have been secretly working on a script for the sequel. Penn is a new addition to the project, as Travis Beacham, who assisted on the first film is completely wrapped up in television projects.
“I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn,” he told BuzzFeed. “We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox’s Hieroglyph] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.”
As it stands now, the studio has yet to give the project a green light, but the duo are writing the film in such a way that it will one day be made.He goes on to say that the script, as it stands now, includes Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), the two main characters from the first film. This script will be a direct follow-up to Pacific Rim. Many thought that a prequel would be the natural way to go, explain the first invasion that was discussed int he film. But Del Toro says he’s not interested in that and has a much bigger story to tell.
“Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel. I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion,” del Toro said. “I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle.”
I know that many people were disappointed with the end result, some saying that the story wasn’t deep enough. I get that, but when a film’s focus is on giant robots and ginormous aliens battling it out UFC style, story is not why my ass is in that theater. The graphics were stunning, the fights were awesome and it’s Guillermo Del Toro, so I was pleased. If he can deliver on what he’s touting here, you can bet I’ll be first in line. I will say that I’m not overly thrilled about the inclusion of Zak Penn, but in Del Toro I trust.
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