Guillermo on ‘Pacific Rim mythology’

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro hopes to infuse the Pacific Rim sequel with more of “its own mythology”.

The 49-year-old Mexican director released the sci-fi action film, which stars Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, to great acclaim last year.

But Guillermo confesses he wishes his team had more time to work on it before it hit theaters.

“It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie,” he revealed in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Guillermo believes Pacific Rim 2 will dazzle audiences with its originality.

He and his colleagues have developed numerous ideas on how to advance the next installment’s storyline.

“Namely, for example ‘the Drift’, which was an interesting concept,” Guillermo detailed. “[Then there was] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They’re very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different.”

Although some fans may be eager to see the sequel, Guillermo confirms it won’t reach theaters for quite some time.

“We are three years away, so to spoil anything would be fantastically silly of me,” he said. “What I can tell you: [screenwriter Zak Penn] and I really went in, we started with [screenwriter Travis Beacham] about a year and a half ago, kicking ideas back and forth.”

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