You'll be forgiven if your mind is a little hazy on who survived the destruction in Pacific Rim. The movie was one giant roller coast ride of giant monsters fighting enormous human-controlled Jaegers. And there were a lot of casualties. Because of the high body count, a lot of actors are going to be out of a job when Pacific Rim 2 begins shooting this fall. But just because this sequel will focus more on the giant Kaiju beasts at the heart of its core doesn't mean we won't see a few familiar faces.
The Television Critics Association press tour is continuing to hum along this weekend, and during The Strain panel, Collider was able to catch up with Pacific Rim 2 director Guillermo del Toro. The man was in good spirits, as FX announced a third season for his vampire series. But during all of that excitement, he did take a moment to address a key factor about his Pacific Rim sequel. Some have speculated that leading man Charlie Hunnam won't be back. Guillermo del Toro says that's not the case. If he gets his way, we'll see everyone from the first film.
"Charlie Day has a great part but so does Charlie Hunnam. I think that everybody or most everybody that survived is back. The rest we killed. We killed half the cast."
Guillermo del Toro is reportedly starting production on Pacific Rim 2 this November, after he finishes his press tour for the haunted house thriller Crimson Peak. If he holds true to his word on the sequel, we'll see the return of Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) as retired Jaeger pilots who once saved the world from rampaging beasts. We'll probably see more of Dr. Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day) and Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) as scientists obsessed with the Kaiju. Ron Perlman's Hannibal Chau may also be back. Sure, it looked as though he was killed by one of the Kaiju, but the Pacific Rim post-credit scene showed that he was very much alive. Idris Elba's Stacker Pentacost, however, is very much dead and will not return unless it's a hologram (don't rule this possibility out).
At the moment, none of the actors appear to be signed for a sequel. But both Charlie Hunnam and Burn Gorman are returning in this fall's Crimson Peak, which hints at a good working relationship between the actors and their director. Just recently, Charlie Hunnam teased his return as Raleigh, saying he wants more of a character arc and more story, with less CG action. Though, with the film to possibly go off-planet to focus more on the Kaiju, that seems unlikely.
Dr. Newton Geiszler and Gottlieb are said to be the two main characters in Pacific Rim 2, marking a substantial shift away from the Jaeger action seen in chapter one. Not much of the plot is know at this point. The world is in less of a threat that the Kaiju will attack any minute, and the Jaegers aren't as needed in this climate. How the pilots move forward in this post-Kaiju world will be one element at play. And the Kaiju will have to be brought back into the mix somehow, or it just won't be Pacific Rim 2.
Guillermo del Toro is also currently planning a remake of Disney's The Haunted Mansion. Ryan Gosling has reportedly taken the lead in this thriller based on the Disneyland amusement park ride. But the project is currently lingering in development. About that, Guillermo del Toro had this to say.
"All you can do is develop the screenplays, send them in, get a reaction, get the budget, agree or disagree on budget and so forth. Every project goes through the same thing. People say why do you have five [movies in development]? I have five because one happens. Whenever I have dedicated myself to a single project for any length of time, I end up having three, four years where I don't shoot. It's happened twice already, so I live in a life of realities. I have to have these projects alive to hope and pray that one of them happen."
And of course there has been a lot of noise recently about Hellboy 3. Ron Perlman claims he doesn't want to make the movie, but that he owes it to fans. While talk on the project is hot at the moment, nothing has changed, and it's no closer to getting done. Explains Guillermo del Toro.
"Same status. I think that the fans want it, we want it, but studios...It's a big movie, bigger than the first one and the second one. The numbers on the Hellboys made a lot of sense because of video. Hellboy II exists not because a studio head said. 'I'm a big fan.' The first one made money, made much more money on the Blu-ray and DVD than it did theatrically. It made money. Now that market is done. We live in an era where getting those exact numbers is still not that easy. I think that by the time you catch up with the numbers, the platforms have changed. The way you distribute movies is faster and faster evolving into something different."
What do you think? Does Guillermo del Toro have you excited for Pacific Rim 2? Or are you just waiting for Crimson Peak? Do you think The Haunted Mansion or Hellboy 3 will ever happen? And what happened to his Pinocchio? When it comes to Guillermo del Toro, patience truly is a virtue.