A sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has been given the greenlight and has a release date of April 7, 2017.

Released last year to mixed reviews, Pacific Rim failed to live up to box office expectations in the US, but a huge $309 million international total and impressive home entertainment sales kept hopes for a sequel alive. The good news doesn’t end there, in addition to the sequel an animated series is also in development and will be broadcast before the new movie hits cinemas.

In an exclusive statement to Buzzfeed, Guillermo del Toro hinted at which cast members might be back for round two.

“The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast.”

Currently there are no deals in place for the primary cast so we’ll have to wait and see who will be suiting up again, the script is being worked on by del Toro and Zak Penn.  Any new Guillermo del Toro project is cause for celebration but as much as I want to see Pacific Rim 2, I would rather get closure on the Hellboy franchise before more Kaiju monster madness. 

Next up for del Toro is a return to horror for the first time since The Devil’s Backbone with Crimson Peak, although he’s produced plenty of horror movies over the years this marks his return to the genre as a director. On the small screen FX are about to launch an adaptation of The Strain, created by del Toro and Chuck Hogan the vampire series kicks off in the US on July 13.

Pacific Rim 2 will be released April 7, 2017.