Guillermo Del Toro Talks Pacific Rim: Maelstrom

Credit: Legendary Pictures
Credit: Legendary Pictures

Comic Con has been bringing us fantastic news all weekend, but Guillermo Del Toro couldn’t make it this year because he’s on location shooting The Shape of Water. Luckily, The Hollywood Reporter caught up with him to bring us some Pacific Rim news anyway.

On the likelihood of Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi coming back for the sequel, Del Toro said “As a producer I learned not to declare anything about a movie I’m not directing. I can tell you this — a lot of the cast from the first movie is coming back. I leave those communications to Steven DeKnight. He’s not only a director, but he’s actually a guy I respect and admire and it’s his movie.”

Of course, Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost died at the end of the first movie, but his legacy lives on in his son, played by Star Wars star John Boyega. Del Toro asserted, “I admire him tremendously. The idea for me is that this is a continuation of the great leadership character that was Idris Elba. 

“It’s a very different character but I love the idea of having a main character who is not a white Anglo-Saxon guy. Before the heated conversation about diversity in film started we were doing Pacific Rim. And I think that universe is a huge proponent of that.” Boyega’s singlehandedly diversifying sci-fi, and we’re eternally grateful. How cool would it be to see Mako and Boyega’s character have a sibling bond to mirror Raleigh and Yancy’s?

Lastly, Del Toro mentioned the relationship between the film-universe, and the potential of a Pacific Rim animation series! “If and when the animated series happens, we are mixing them. In fact the sequel takes some ideas that we created for the animated series originally. I think we need to let the live-action lead. 

“When we went with Steven we showed him everything we were developing and he said, ‘I like this from this universe, I like this from this element, I want to bring them into the movie.’ It’s easy to expand cause you have not only the Jaeger-human universe and the Kaiju-alien universe, but (also) the fact that you are now able to play in a very history-filled universe. We started the war with the Kaiju, we won the war with the Kaiju and now it’s a postwar of those two universes.” 

We can’t wait to see our brilliantly diverse leads take on the post-war world.

Pacific Rim: Maelstrom will storm cinemas on February 23, 2018.

Sneh Rupra