We get a slight update on the sequel to Pacific Rim from director Guillermo del Toro who happens to let it be known he is hoping for a third movie.
While speaking with Collider, Guillermo del Toro offers the following:
We have the first draft of the movie, now. We are going to spend another four or five months on the screenplay before we start pre-production. We start pre-production next year in August/September. We start shooting November/December next year. The direction we are going is very different from the first. All I can say is that some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one. I hope people like it. You are going to get a very different experience from the first one.
Pacific Rim debuted the Summer of 2013 netting just over $411 million worldwide starring Charlie Hunnam.
Pacific Rim 2 has an April 7, 2017 release, with an animated series and comic book also in development.