Just a few weeks ago, Legendary Entertainment and Guillermo del Toro dropped a bombshell when they announced not only would we be getting Pacific Rim 2 on April 7 , 2017 but also a continuation of the comics as well as an animated series for the franchise. Few details were given at the time, but now Del Toro has revealed some more about the upcoming cartoon which he says will be episodic in nature.
“We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation,” Del Toro told Collider. “We are talking to a couple of showrunners that have a strong animation background, [we’re] casting the writers room. 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 went on to reveal they’re planning for a 13 episode first season with each episode focusing on a different aspect of the world of “Pacific Rim.”
“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.”
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