If Pacific Rim Gets a Sequel, It Will Have Jaeger-Kaiju Hybrids

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I don’t usually report straight news items, but I have been thinking about if Pacific Rim will get a sequel, and if it did, what it might look like. It’s weird to see an entirely new IP started completely from scratch, and with no old movies or comic books to guide it, it has the freedom to go creative places. And no one is more creative than Guillermo Del Toro.

He recently spoke about what we might see in a sequel, if it did get greenlit.

“We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. We will have Gipsy 2.0 for sure. Second thing is you’re gonna see a merging of Kaiju and Jaeger. And that is quite special. Just think about it for a second. We sent Gipsy to the other side, right? It exploded, but whatever remains stays there. We’ve drifted with a Kaiju brain. Well, then start riffing on that and you’ll get to something.”

I thought “drifting” was the most lackluster part of the movie, as it seemed like a plot device more than an actual cool bit of technology, but I digress. A sequel would probably be pretty awesome, though I have to imagine Del Toro would be forced to cost cut a bit.

Though the film was regarded as a “flop” here because it lost to Despicable Me and Grown Ups 2, it’s doing halfway decent worldwide, almost making back its production budget (though marketing is something else). Sometimes flops aren’t flops, even John Carter made back its money eventually, but they still don’t usually get sequels.


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  1. Making box office equal to it’s budget does not mean it made its money back. The cinemas keep a lot of that money.

    The general rule of thumb is that a film needs to make twice its budget to break even. I’m not sure if that means the studio gets half the box office, or if that is supposed to cover the marketing too.

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