The film “Pacific Rim” was a monster movie when it was released in 2013, all courtesy of director Guillermo del Toro.
While the movie didn’t break box office records upon its release, it was well received by critics and fans, so naturally the idea of a sequel was in the clouds, mainly because of its international haul. Originally, del Toro planned to directing the sequel and a spin-off for television, but sadly had to drop from the project in early 2016. With him gone, Steven S. DeKnight filled in as the director.
DeKnight has had success behind directing “Spartacus” and Marvel’s “Daredevil,” and with the aide of three different writers, came up with a story that was quite different from what del Toro originally had in mind.
Despite the change in the movie’s story, audiences can still find out about what the original ideas that del Toro had were. When being interviewed about his upcoming film “The Shape of Water,” he mentioned that he had filmed some scenes in Shanghai and used the river there to combine it and make it into a back drop. He added that he also traveled to the desert to shoot some scenes for a background. San Francisco was the last place he used to shoot scenes, mainly because he saw so many previous disaster movies end up there.
To conclude, del Toro’s vision for Pacific Rim 2 would’ve been much more different than the final product set to be released in March of 2018, but even with this knowledge the sequel does open up the world to all kinds of new stories that can be explored.
Pacific Rim Sequel has Finally Finished Filming
The sequel to the film “Pacific Rim” has hit a major milestone, in the fact that filming has finally been completed.
Back in 2013 when the original Pacific Rim hit theaters, it wasn’t nearly a big of a hit in the United States as many thought it would be, but it did do incredibly well overseas. This was all helped by a ton of passionate and dedicated fans who liked the overall premise of the movie. None of this matters now that the sequel entitled Pacific Rim: Uprising will be hitting theaters in 2018. One particular thing to keep in mind is that Guillermo del Toro did not reprise his role as the director.
Instead of del Toro, Steven S. DeKnight, who is known for being the showrunner of season one of Daredevil, was the one who was in the director’s seat. Another point to take note of is that the sequel will replace much of the cast from the original films with other talented up and coming actors such as John Boyega and Scott Eastwood. More important than this is the development that the movie has just wrapping up filming, and an announcement for that was made by DeKnight on his own personal Instagram account.
Pacific Rim: Uprising will premiere in theaters in a little less than a year and with filming completed now, DeKnight and the rest of the crew and creative time will go into the post-production and editing phase. Aside from Daredevil, DeKnight has also proven how good of a storyteller he is in other works, such as with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spartacus and Angel, just to name a few examples.
Boyega is one of the big names attached to the film. His big breakout role was in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and following the success of that movie, Uprising happened to be the first big role he signed onto afterwards.
Nick Tarabay Set to Be Cast in Pacific Rim Sequel
The 2013 action hit Pacific Rim, which was directed and co-wrote by Guillermo del Toro, turned out be quite the success. So naturally, all the success meant that a sequel was definitely in the forecast.
The sequel, which is titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, is generating a lot of excitement and anticipation now that production is soon to begin. Not much about the production of the sequel is known at this point, but what is currently known is that actor John Boyega will be the leading role in the film and that it is slated for an early 2018 release. Another bit of recently learned news is that now Nick Tarabay has been cast into the film with an unknown role at this point.
Tarabay has starred most famously as the character of Ashur in Spartacus but has had roles in other mediums such as in Star Trek: Into Darkness and as a villain during season 3 of Arrow. Tarabay is now joining alongside other already cast roles including Scott Eastwood, Levi Meaden, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian, while rounding out an already diverse cast as it is. Steven S. DeKnight is serving as the director, and has worked alongside Tarabay on Spartacus from 2010-2013.
Del Toro is going to be returning for the sequel but will serve as a producer. The roles for these actors are still not clear but the recent news is still a good development during production.