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Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim 2" hitting big and small screens in 2017

Director Guillermo del Toro announced that his 2013 international hit 'Pacific Rim' will be returning to the big screen on April 7, 2017 with 'Pacific Rim 2'. Earlier this month, del Toro announced that he was already working on a script for the sequel with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand), and Legendary Pictures has now officially confirmed it.

Guillermo del Toro Announces 'Pacific Rim 2'
Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros Pictures

The full 'Pacific Rim' cast, including Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman are all expected to return. Sources are saying that Saoirse Ronan's (Hanna) name is also being thrown in to join the sequel. “The characters I love will return,” del Toro told BuzzFeed in an exclusive new statement. “Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.”

The director also announced that there will be an animated series also set in the Pacific Rim realm will be hitting small screens before 'Pacific Rim 2' comes out. This should help to bring in new fans.

del Toro has given himself ample time to make this sequel equal or better to the original as it will be nearly four years after the first one hit theaters, and the studios are learning that putting out the big budget films in early April can reap some early box office benefits. Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' came out this year in early April and raked in a sweet box office bonanza by being the first action film of the summer season.

'Pacific Rim' grossed $411 million internationally with 75 percent of those grosses coming from foreign audiences. Legendary is relying on audiences still loving to see giant monsters destroy things as it recent 'Godzilla' proved them correct.

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