According to Buzz Feed on Saturday, "Hellboy" and "Pacific Rim" director Guillermo del Toro mentioned that there's a "Pacific Rim 2" film script in the works. "Elektra" screenwriter Zak Penn will also be involved. During a promotion of his FX TV series "The Strain" at the Austin Television Festival, del Toro talked about he and Penn will be partaking in the project. Penn is also known for his screen writing abilities on 'The Incredible Hulk" and "X-Men: The Last Stand."
At first, TV mogul and "Pacific Rim" co-writer Travis Beacham was involved with the story line, but del Toro had to "twist things around" a bit to get Penn to move forth with the sequel. Apparently, Beacham has been engrossed with the TV series "Hieroglyph" and seems not to be able to afford time to work on the "Pacific Rim" sequel.
Del Toro mentioned that he wasn't given the go ahead by the Legendary Pictures production company just yet, but is writing it as if it will be one day on the big screen. He also mentioned he doesn't have the financial backing just yet either. Also, as the script currently stands, the director revealed that the previous characters Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori, played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, are said to be in the story. Del Toro mentioned something about how people questioned if he was doing a prequel.
“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.”
The first movie did very well overseas, bringing in about $309.2 million where as stateside it was just $101.8 million. Thomas Tull, who is Legendary Pictures chief said they would only use their production company to create the film and also would only agree to do it if del Toro was on board.
Other del Toro projects in addition to "The Strain" would also entail "Crimson Peak" starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, "Pacific Rim's" Hunnam, and Jessica Chastain. In addition to that, he's also working with 20th Century Fox in creating the animated film piece "The Book of Life" starring Channing Tatum and "Star Trek's" Zoe Saldana.