We know that Pacific Rim: Uprising filming is well under way now we have the first look at the marketing for the film. The lastest issue of License! Global reveals hints at the film's marketing and new Jaegers. The images (the one above in particular) and an article with James Ngo the senior vice president of franchise marketing for Legendary points out they want to extend their brands beyond consumer products. The image above seems to point out there will be announcements regarding Pacific Rim: Uprising at Toy Fair, and the article suggest they will be going into gaming and vitual reality mainly with Pacific Rim: Uprising now but also with Godzilla 2. Check out the full article below.
Above and below are some Pacific Rim: Uprising set photos by Tim Pruyn via Instagram. They include a military vehicle and a few set pics. Yesterday we posted pics of Scott Eastwood on set on our Facebook page as well. It is scheduled to open Feb 23, 2018.
The set photo below posted by Dan Mindel, a cinematographer, shows a cast list that includes Rinko Kikuchi (Mako Mori), Charles Day and Burn Gorman (Newt and Gottlieb), and there is other new name there as well, Karl Urban. This is great news, if true, to have some of the original cast back and another big name like Urban.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight and scheduled to hit theaters Feb 23, 2018
Pacific Rim 2 continues to ramp up toward the start of filming with not one or two but with three new actors cast. Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, and now Levi Meaden have been cast in the film, they join the already announced John Boyega, and Scott Eastwood. At this point we are unsure if any cast from the first film will return.
Filming is scheduled to start 4th quarter of this year in Australia, with a February 23, 2018 release date. Pacific Rim 2 will be directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Marvel’s Daredevil) based on the world created by Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham and from a script by Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly.
Universal has officially set a release date for the sequel to Pacific Rim, February 23, 2018 (about a year after the original release date which was moved then pull off the schedule). Things have started to ramp up with director Steven S. DeKnight, than Star Wars hero John Boyega both being attached. Production is also scheduled to start in the 4th quarter. There is no word on if any stars from the first film will return. The opening is between the openings of two Marvel movies: Black Panther on February 16 and an untitled Fox/Marvel pic on March 2, hopefully this won't hurt it. The sequel has Boyega playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first film.
Pacific Rim 2 seemed dead in the water not so long ago but the film has been getting some injections of hope first in the name of Steven S. DeKnight now John Boyega has join the fray. DeKnight is directing the film, with original director Guillermo del Toro acting as producer with co-creator Trais Beachum. Boyega has been cast in the lead role, and will play the son of Idris Elba's character, Stacker Pentacost, from the first film. In addition to his on-camera role, Boyega has also been added as a producer alongside his partner in his new film company Upper Room Productions, Femi Oguns.
“It is undeniable that with all his talent and natural charm, John stands out amongst today's generation of young leading men,” said Legendary's Vice Chairman of Worldwide Production, Mary Parent.
"I am very proud and happy to welcome John into a fantastic sandbox," del Toro said. "The Pacific Rim universe will be reinforced with him as a leading man as it continues to be a multicultural, multi-layered world. ‘The World saving the world’ was our goal and I couldn't think of a better man for the job."
"So happy! My company UpperRoom Productions founded by myself & @MrFemiOguns, will co-produce #PacificRim2 alongside @Legendary", John Boyega (from Twitter).
"I'm doubly excited to be working with you, John! Can't wait to show the world what we're cooking up! @JohnBoyega", Steven S. DeKnight (from Twitter).
Del Toro gave Movie Pilot hints to what is planned for the Pacific Rim animated series and that it would bridge the gap to the second film, it also seem like it would focus on the scientist duo of Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Hermann Gottlieb (Burn Gorman). Check out what Del Toro said below and click here for the full article.
"What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun.”
"The main idea that we're bouncing off is the fact that Newt drifted with a Kaiju brain, and all Kaiju brains are connected. We say that. They are like a hive mentality. So, you know, draw your own conclusions."
Guillermo Del Toro, in an interview with Collider, stated plans for film of Pacific Rim 2 and that he is looking for it to lead into Pacific Rim 3. Del Toro reiterated how the sequel will be a different experience, and stated the quote below,
“Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one.”
With Godzilla planned as a trilogy, and the serious possibility Skull Island could get a sequel if it does well, we could have a steady stream of kaiju movies. One negative is the trilogies aren't something that seems to happen with Del Toro (Hellboy). More as we get it.
Here is some of what Guillermo del Toro had to say about the Pacific Rim animated series that will help fill the gap till the next movie.
“We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation. We are talking to a couple of showrunners that have a strong animation background, [we’re] casting the writers room. What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun.”
“We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young—very young, 11-year-olds and so forth—but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing.”
“If it connects we’ll go on [to more seasons], but the thing is I don’t want it to be weekly adventures. I don’t want it to be like Chapter One is a little action thing and it gets resolved in 40 minutes or an hour and then the next episode, [it’s like] nothing happened. My favorite anime series always have a long arc.”
“Legendary is talking to a few outlets so I’d rather not disclose myself. The way we set up The Strain was to talk to everyone, literally, on the map, and then find who’s response we sort of jibe with the most. I think in this series, it would be great to find a place that can give it a proper presentation and can advertise the creation of the series. So we’re open to being pleasantly surprised everywhere.”