After last week's report that Pacific Rim 2 may actually happen now, thanks to Pacific Rim's record-breaking opening in China, actor Charlie Day recently spoke about the sequel. Although the script is still being written by Travis Beacham, the actor revealed that director Guillermo del Toro had originally planned on making his character Newt into a villain in the follow-up, but those plans have changed.
"I remember when I first met with him that he liked the idea of Newt becoming a bit of a villain in the second film. But, I think over the course of making the film, and the way the character resonated with the audience, I don't think he would want to turn him into a villain now, but I really have no idea. Guillermo is one of these guys that his mind is so active that he might have an idea about something and then it's a completely different idea five minutes later."
When asked what he would like to see Newt do in the follow-up, the actor reveals that he hopes Newt and his scientist colleague Gottlieb (Burn Gorman) get to pilot a Jaeger.
"I'm hopeful that we get to drive a big punching robot. I think traditionally in those comics, sometimes the science guys put together a cheap, dorky version of one of the robots so maybe we'll get to do something like that."
The actor also said the news of Pacific Rim's Chinese opening is promising, but the sequel isn't set in stone yet.
"I also don't know if it would ever get made. I think because there's no one in a cape it might hurt our chances of making another one. We'll see. Look, I would love to do it. Hopefully if it keeps performing this well overseas we'll get to find out."