Guillermo del Toro is always thinking of his next project, and as he completes work on his 2015 film Crimson Peak, the director is creating Pacific Rim 2 with a third installment already in mind.
In an interview with Collider, del Toro laid out the current schedule for Pacific Rim 2‘s production. The script’s first draft is in, and pre-production will begin in August or September of 2015. Del Toro promises he is going in a “very different direction” from the first film, which includes the decision to focus on only select characters in the sequel.
Speaking to the film’s focus, the director told Collider that some characters from Pacific Rim return while others won’t because “we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say let’s hope we have three movies.”
As the script stands right now, a few of the first film’s familiar faces will sit out the action until the end of the second film in the hopes that their reintroduction will ramp things up for the events of a supposed third film.
A third Pacific Rim hasn’t been offically greenlit, of course, but stranger things have happened, including Pacific Rim 2. The film owes its existence to its big audience overseas after a relatively disappointing domestic box-office haul. But if the sequel can replicate that success, there is certainly hope for the series to turn into a trilogy.
Of course, del Toro will still be plenty busy whether the threequel comes to be or not, as he has The Strain, Crimson Peak, a Pacific Rim animated series, a new entry in the Silent Hill video game franchise, and a half-dozen other projects in various states of production to consider.