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Recently we told you about the plans for Pacific Rim sequel. The giant monster vs giant robot punch fest sequel is on April the 7th 2017. It might be a fair few years away, but Del Toro has opened up about Pacific Rim 2 to The Wall Street Journal and says that when people see the sequel they’ll see that “the two movies stand on their own”.

Del Toro didn’t want to spoil anything, but did mention that from the very beginning Pacific Rim 2 was always going to be something new, not just a churned out sequel: “I said to Zak (screenwriter), let’s keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak.”

He also told The Journal that it can be tough working with a completely fresh universe with no pre-existing canon or limitations. “It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie.”

Finally on Pacific Rim 2, Del Toro said that “[The two movies are] very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.”

He also chatted about the upcoming Pacific Rim animated series. At the moment it’s not locked down to a network, so we might get to see it over here in the UK “We are talking about all the possibilities in terms of networks”.

As for content, Del Toro again wanted to take an angle and will be looking more into the characters, than the overarching plot of the Pacific Rim universe. “We’re formulating ideas that are, again, interesting and not the usual route, but the series tackles the stories that happened to pilots working in the Shatterdome, but also cadets learning how to become pilots.”

The series is going to take place “prior to the first movie, and it gives you a little more depth into the background of certain characters that will appear in the second movie. So it’s really expanding the material.” The universe is also fleshed out by the comic book series. Del Toro said that “we are continuing the tales for the next three years.”

So by 2017 comes out we’ll have seen the first film, about a year of the animated series and three years of the comic. All of these are going to be canon, so “by the time we come into the second movie, you have a good feel for the world, and we can dedicate ourselves to character and ideas and spectacle.”

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