[Movies] Guillermo Del Toro Is Writing Pacific Rim 2 Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.17.2013
It could happen...
In an interview with IGN, Guilldermo del Toro revealed that he is writing a sequel to Pacific Rim, which underperformed in the US but did incredibly well overseas for a worldwide gross of $407 million, double its $190 million budget. Here are highlights:
On the Pacific Rim blu-ray release: "I try to put the very best features on Blu-rays and DVDs. There is as much as we could cram in it. We have all the capsules that were available on the Internet, plus more. We have a very comprehensive, interactive feature that allows you to really get behind the process of making the movie. I did my commentary track, as most times on the DVDs or Blu-rays I do. I end up doing my commentary tracks two or three times, because every time I do it, I take it very seriously, but I spend a couple of days thinking about it, and I go to my producer Javier [Soto] -- he's always tearing his hair out because I always go back and say, "I want to do it again." So there's a lot to be found. Hopefully, people will find that we have it packed to the gills. It's a very beautiful transfer and an incredibly beautiful sound mix, so it's the best presentation I could do."
On the reception of the film: "I'm very happy. Out of the top 10 titles of the summer, we were perhaps the one that was not dependent on a star name or a pre-established property, and I think that's really, really good. The passion with people that saw the movie and raved about it was great. What was troubling was that we didn't achieve -- and the tracking was clear -- we were not being exposed beyond the core. The core was reacting to the movie, but people on the street were not hearing about it in the right way. I cannot decipher that because that's exactly what the numbers indicated. It's sort of a head-scratcher, but when we opened we were in very low awareness, which means we were not being rejected or accepted. That was not the issue. The issue was we were not on the radar."
On a possible sequel: "No, we are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that's definitely above my pay rate."