Guillermo Del Toro recently sat down with IGN to talk about his upcoming slate of films. Of note, he revealed that he is working on a script for the sequel to “Pacific Rim,” despite the film not yet being green lit.
“We are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, thatâ€™s definitely above my pay rate.”
If you’ll recall, “Pacific Rim” released this summer to slightly above average reviews and middling domestic box office. The $190 million project grossed $101 million in the states, but would later be “saved” by a $305 million haul in international markets. The fate of a sequel remains up in the air, but Del Toro is hoping to have the opportunity to give more to the film’s fans.
“To me, what was beautiful and flattering was how people saw the movie not once or twice but three, four times or more. People that love it, love it with great passion. So I would love to continue telling stories about that world.”
On his other proposed projects, Del Toro confirmed that he’s still interested in an oft-rumored “Frankenstein” feature for Universal. When asked if he thinks it will ever happen, the director said:
“You know, I hope it does, in the right way and the right moment. Every time I get with Universal, we talk about doing it, and then for whatever reason something else takes over. Right now, Iâ€™m busy for the next two years, between finishing The Strain and doing Crimson Peak.” Also, on his adaptation of “Pinocchio” that’s been in some form of production for the last couple of years, he claims to “have a large part of the financing in place. One of the partners we had simply stopped making films. We are looking for a new partner, and hopefully it will happen. Itâ€™s always serendipity, which project happens and which one doesnâ€™t.”
With that in mind, which of these projects do you hope happens? Were amongst the people that liked “Pacific Rim” enough for multiple viewings? Are you a fan of the classic Universal roster of monsters? Do you think a dark, visionary take on “Pinocchio” would be up your alley? Sound off.