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Guillermo Del Toro Writing Pacific Rim 2 With Zak Penn

file_175333_0_Pacific_Rim_70Guillermo del Toro was down in Austin, Texas for the premiere of The Strain – which debuts July 13th on FX.

In speaking with the press – in this case, Buzzfeed – Del Toro said he is currently at work on a script for Pacific Rim 2 with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand). Huh? What? No Travis Beacham, screenwriter of the first film?

“I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn,” he told BuzzFeed. “We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham [co-writer of the first film, now working on Fox’s Hieroglyph] was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.”

The script hasn't been given the green light, of course. Although, when we spoke to Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull, back in March, he sounded like he was up for a sequel.

"I was literally just with Guillermo on the set of Crimson Peak," said Tull. "We talk about it and have some pretty great ideas. If they come to fruition and we get a great script, then we're open to it. Fans seem pretty passionate about it and working with Guillermo. So, we're open to it."

Del Toro said the script for the second film will see the return of Raleigh and Mako and he reiterated what he told us last year…

“I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle.”

  • cjfyfgfyfygvg

    one word….space.

  • Calum Sanderson

    OH MY GOD I admit I was expecting a prequel – this is one of those rare franchises that doesn’t need to rely on the same actors, but if they’ve found a way to keep telling their story post the events of the first film that still involve monsters and robots then I’m gangbusters for it. Just, please cast real Australians this time.

    • Baytor

      Like Paul Hogan and Yahoo Serious?

      • Calum Sanderson

        Yes, because those are the only two actors we’ve got…/sarcasm

        • Baytor

          Aw, you took offense and ruined it. You can’t see it but I’m kicking a can in the most downtrodden way.

        • No Nonsense

          Isn’t Guy Pearce Australian? He’s good in everything, imo.

  • Billy Bob Throrton

    The twist he’s referring to is probably humans piloting monsters,it tracks so logically from Charlie Day’s subplot in the original.

  • Markus

    I liked the first one a lot. Was hoping for a sequel but it’s a numbers game in Hollywood. Without the international take this wouldn’t even be considered so hopefully the next one catches on domestically as well.

  • pax256

    Awesome! PR has grown on me since seeing it in theaters. I want to see a trilogy now… or more…