Legendary Pictures CEO Offers Small Update On PACIFIC RIM Sequel
One of the most unique films to hit theaters last year was the Guillermo Del Toro project Pacific Rim. The movie took what is awesome about robots, and what is cool about giant alien monsters and dropped them into a film that resulted in a CG battle for the ages. While the film had a so-so reception here in the United States, it proved to be quite popular over seas. Admittedly, the film isn’t for everyone and seemed to cater to those of the geeky type. The plot was rather simple, but what do you expect from a film about robots fighting aliens? What the film did offer was an orgy of awesomeness in regards to the computer graphics that were used.
Anyway, many have wondered whether or not Guillermo Del Toro company, along with Legendary Studios would be up for tackling a sequel, or possibly that rumored prequel from last summer. For some time, it was all dependent on how Pacific Rim performed at the international box offices, and as we know, it did pretty well. Legendary Studios CEO Thomas Tull recently spoke with Collider about some of the upcoming projects that are in the works and of course, Pacific Rim and a sequel came up. Here’s what Tull had to say:
We love being in business with Guillermo and frankly that movie, if you look it up, did I think more business than the first X-Men, did more than Batman Begins, our first movie, did more than Superman Returns, The Fast and the Furious, Star Trek– so for a movie that was an original property that we made up it’s done really well. It did north of 400 million dollars globally and both the home video sales and the merchandise have way over-indexed, so it seems like fans really loved the world. So we’re going to sit down with Guillermo and as long as we think it’s authentic and there’s something to say, we’re certainly open to it.
For those of you who are fact checkers, he is correct. Pacific Rim did indeed do better than all of those films. Interestingly enough, they all received sequels, some of them multiple films, spawning a new franchise. Del Toro is currently filming Crimson Peak with his Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam and fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston. That film is slated for a late 2015 release, so if Del Toro were to do a sequel, it’d have to wait until at least early 2016. Del Toro is notoriously busy and very optimistic about his projects and often promotes them only to have them fall by the wayside. But, when he gets passionate about a project, like he was with Pacific Rim, those projects tend to stay in his spotlight.
So for now, I’d keep this on the radar, but don’t expect to see anything for another three or four years at the earliest, if it even happens. I’m still mad about Del Toro stepping away from the director’s chair of The Haunted Mansion reboot, so he better not fail me on this one! Be sure to check out the entire interview at Collider for information on Godzilla, Gareth Evans and the upcoming Dracula origins tale starring Luke Evans.
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