Can’t wait for April 17th, 2017 for more Pacific Rim? You may be in luck. When Legendary Pictures and Guillermo del Toro announced the upcoming sequel, they also mentioned an animated series that may just fill the gap until the Kaijus and Jaegers are back on the screen.
Collider.com spoke with del Toro about the animation project. They are still talking to Japanese animation studios, finding show runners and writers, but the director seems excited about the idea.
“What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun.”
He wants it to be something more than just a weekly series.
“We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters—we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young—very young, 11-year-olds and so forth—but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing. If it connects we’ll go on [to more seasons], but the thing is I don’t want it to be weekly adventures. I don’t want it to be like Chapter One is a little action thing and it gets resolved in 40 minutes or an hour and then the next episode, [it’s like] nothing happened. My favorite anime series always have a long arc.”
As for where we might see it, that is still up in the air. Legendary is shopping it around and it open to all possibilities. But with how long animation usually takes to produce, having an outlet locked in right now isn’t necessary. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this soon.