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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Starts Filming This November; Working Title is ‘Maelstrom’

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Official details on Pacific Rim 2 at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con (where director Guillermo Del Toro was there promoting Crimson Peak) del Toro reaffirmed the filming start date for the Pacific Rimsequel – with a story that picks up a few years after the events of the first movie and focuses more on the mythology behind the Kaiju. Global News (hat tip BMD) is reporting that Pacific Rim 2 will begin shooting at Pinewood Toronto Studios in November 2015, under the working title Maelstrom.

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It’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility that Pacific Rim 2 will end up being called Pacific Rim: Maelstrom or something along those lines, seeing as subtitles are very much in fashion for upcoming Hollywood sequels right now (for example, Independence Day: Resurgence) and Maelstrom seems appropriate for this particular franchise. However, much as the in-development Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) sequel won’t necessarily retain its working title (Half-Shell) as a subtitle, Pacific Rim 2might end up with a different subtitle (if any) altogether.

To be exact, the filmmaker previously said it’s going to be “quite a jump” from the first movie to the followup, where the Kaijus are no longer attacking Earth (and Jaeger technology is being used for different purposes). Once upon a time, del Toro was even considering making quirky scientist Newt (Charlie Day) an antagonist in the Pacific Rim sequel, though such plans may’ve been long abandoned by now.

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The commercial success (or lack thereof) of Pacific Rim 2 will determine whether or not the franchise lives on for a third installment (same goes for a third Hellboy movie), though it sounds as though del Toro already has some ideas in mind for what Pacific Rim 3 would be about. Then again, if the Pacific Rim sequel is a box office success, then it seems del Toro’s pipe dream would be to finish another trilogy of his, before returning to the world of Kaijus and Jaegers a third time…

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Pacific Rim 2 opens in cinemas August 2017, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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