The ever busy Guillermo del Toro found time recently to speak with The Wall Street Journal about some of his upcoming projects. The freshly announced Pacific Rim 2 was the main topic of conversation and del Toro was only too happy to give fans a hint at what’s to come. 

“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. And, admittedly, I said to Zak, let’s keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak. (…) 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. Namely, for example “the Drift”, which was an interesting concept. [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.”

The acclaimed filmmaker also revealed that the design phase will begin in August and has promised new Kaiju creatures as well as upgraded Jaegers for our fearless heroes to fight them in. Guillermo del Toro is a filmmaker of exceptional vision but has faced ongoing difficulties getting some of his more ambitious projects off the ground. His R-rated adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness might never be made, but del Toro is open to exploring a PG-13 version with Legendary Pictures so his 8 year battle might be close to bearing fruit.

Last week Pacific Rim 2 was set a release date of April 3, 2017 and will be accompanied by an animated series sometime before the new movie hits cinemas.