Director Guillermo del Toro announced on Thursday that Legendary Pictures has committed to making a sequel to the 2013 international hit Pacific Rim, and the company has scheduled to release the film on April 7, 2017. Del Toro also announced that an animated series set in the Pacific Rim world will be released at an undetermined time before Pacific Rim 2 is released (and distributed in the U.S. by Universal Pictures).
Interest in big monster movies has reached an all-time high with the introduction of Pacific Rim and now the return of Godzilla. Del Toro promised the first film was merely a setup for something bigger and better. The same characters are set to return, including Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb, “and maybe even Hannibal Chau,” del Toro said. “We are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sight and battles.”
Del Toro certainly has some time to get the new movie to theatres, given that Pacific Rim 2 is slated for release almost four years from the release of the first film. (Lately, studios have been planting flags in major release dates as far out as 2018, and as Captain America: The Winter Soldier proved this year, the first weekend in April is as viable a release date for a major franchise film as anything in the summer.)
Despite receiving critical acclaim, the movie, distributed by Warner Bros., did ok domestically, only garnering $101.8 million. However, the film did phenomenally well overseas, grabbing $309.2 million at the foreign box office.