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Pacific Rim: Uprising
Directed by Steven S. DeKnight
Produced by John Boyega, Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, Guillermo del Toro,
Femi Oguns
Written by Emily Carmichael, Derek Connolly, Steven S. DeKnight, T.S. Nowlin, Kira Snyder, Guillermo del Toro
Music by John Paesano[1]
Distributor Universal Pictures
Rating To be announced
Budget To be announced
Box Office To be announced
Running Time To be announced

Pacific Rim: Uprising is an upcoming sequel to the 2013 Legendary Pictures kaiju film Pacific Rim. It will be produced by Legendary and distributed by Universal Pictures, and will be released to theaters on February 23, 2018.


In July 2012, director Guillermo del Toro discussed the possibility of making a Pacific Rim sequel. "We always leave ideas that were in the first draft as you go along. You know, either a set piece that was great but too expensive, an idea that was really bright, but it couldn't quite fit the structure... so we have a little stash of stuff we wanted to do that we didn't get to do. So if that's a possibility, A) I would be very happy to do a sequel, but B) a lot of these ideas, set pieces and all that, actually have in them a really good seed for a sequel."[2] On December 4, Legendary Pictures announced that it had selected Pacific Rim co-writer Travis Beacham to write the sequel, along with del Toro, though there was no comment as to whether del Toro would return to direct the second film.[3] At WonderCon 2013, del Toro expressed enthusiasm for a potential crossover between Pacific Rim and Godzilla—another Legendary Pictures kaiju film—but stressed that no such plans were in place.[4] In July 2013, Del Toro discussed the sequel, stating: "The main idea that we're bouncing off is the fact that Newt drifted with a Kaiju brain, and all Kaiju brains are connected. We say that. They are like a hive mentality. So, you know, draw your own conclusions."[5] The director has also stated the sequel will feature "Gipsy 2.0," as well as a "merging of Kaiju and Jaeger".[6] In October 2013, Del Toro revealed that he and Beacham would return to write the sequel, despite the film not yet being greenlit at the time.[7]

In June 2014, when the sequel was still unconfirmed, del Toro stated that he had secretly been working on the script with Zak Penn for several months and confirmed that Raleigh and Mako would return. Beacham initially developed the storyline with del Toro, but dropped out to work on the TV series Hieroglyph.[8] Later in June 2014, del Toro confirmed that he would direct the sequel, and that it would be released by Universal Pictures on April 7, 2017. A non-episodic animated series connecting both films[9] and a continuation of the graphic novel were also announced.[10][11] On July 9, del Toro announced that pre-production for Pacific Rim 2 would start in August 2014, with principal photography commencing in late 2015.[12] The film was later given the working title Maelstrom.

On September 17, 2015, the film was indefinitely delayed due to the rights shuffling on Legendary's Kong: Skull Island and rumored preparations for a Godzilla and King Kong crossover. Guillermo del Toro made a statement the next day confirming the news, but also assuring the public that the film was not cancelled and that he and the studio were still actively working on it.[13]

On January 7, 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Legendary had taken Pacific Rim 2 "off the table indefinitely," and that Guillermo Del Toro was now in talks to direct Twentieth Century Fox's upcoming remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic, Fantastic Voyage instead. However, the source stated that the film could still potentially be revived in the future, given Del Toro's enthusiasm for the project and the fact that Legendary had recently been acquired by Chinese conglomerate Wanda, since Pacific Rim made more profit in China than anywhere else.[14]

On January 11, Guillermo del Toro made a statement on Twitter saying that Pacific Rim 2 was not cancelled and "still going," and that he would "remain w(ith) it in one way or another."[15]

Eventually, Steven S. DeKnight, director of Spartacus and several episodes of Marvel's Daredevil, was hired to direct the film, while Derek Connolly, co-writer of Universal's Jurassic World, was hired to write the script. Guillermo del Toro will remain on as a producer for the film, while Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent will return to produce the sequel as well. Production of the film was scheduled to finally begin in late 2016. On June 6, Deadline reported that John Boyega, star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, had been cast as the lead in the film, and that he would be playing the son of Idris Elba's character, Stacker Pentecost, from the first film. Boyega will also be serving as a producer of the film along with Femi Oguns under their production company Upper Room Productions.[16]

On June 30, reported that Universal had officially announced Pacific Rim 2's new release date for February 23, 2018.[17]

On December 14, 2016, in a press release announcing the hiring of new production executives, Legendary revealed the official titles for both Godzilla 2 and the Pacific Rim sequel. Godzilla 2's official title is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, while the Pacific Rim sequel's official title is Pacific Rim: Uprising.[18]

Principal photography on Pacific Rim: Uprising lasted from November 2016 to March 2017, with location shoots in Australia and China.


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Steven S. DeKnight
  • Written by   Emily Carmichael, Derek Connolly, Steven S. DeKnight, T.S. Nowlin,
  • Produced by   John Boyega, Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, Guillermo del Toro, Femi Oguns
  • Executive Producing by   Angarag Davaasuren and Eric McLeod
  • Music by   John Paesano
  • Cinematography by   Daniel Mindel
  • Edited by   Zach Staenberg
  • Production Design by   Stefan Dechant
  • Assistant Directing by   Thomas Robinson Harper, Nick Satriano
  • Screenplay by   Kira Snyder
  • Story by   Guillermo del Toro


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • John Boyega   as   Jake Pentecost
  • Scott Eastwood   as   Nate Lambert
  • Jing Tian   as  
  • Charlie Day   as   Newt Geiszler[19]
  • Cailee Spaeney   as   Amara
  • Rinko Kikuchi   as   Mako Mori[20]
  • Burn Gorman   as   Hermann Gottlieb
  • Adria Arjona   as  
  • Nick E. Tarabay   as  
  • Levi Meaden   as   Ilya
  • Shyrley Rodriguez   as  
  • Karan Brar   as   Suresh
  • Rahart Adams   as  
  • Jin Zhang   as  
  • Ivanna Sakhno   as  
  • Mackenyu   as   Ryoichi
  • Wesley Wong   as  
  • Lily Ji   as  
  • Chen Zitong   as  
  • Lan Yingying   as  
  • Qian Yong Chen   as  
  • Xiao Yang   as  
  • Kim Jeong-Hoon   as  



  • Gipsy Avenger
  • Unknown number of additional Jaegers
  • Unknown number of kaiju


Main article: Pacific Rim: Uprising/Gallery.


Set Footage

Drone footage of a set
Stunt actors sent flying
Stunt actors firing blanks
Extras fleeing in Brisbane, doubling as Tokyo

External Links


This is a list of references for Pacific Rim: Uprising. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Daredevil composer John Paesano signs on to Pacific Rim: Uprising
  2. Pacific Rim Comic-Con panel: Giant robots! Giant monsters! Giant monster American Idol!
  3. Pacific Rim Sequel Already in the Works with Writer Travis Beacham (Exclusive)
  4. Guillermo Del Toro Talks Hypothetical PACIFIC RIM vs. GODZILLA Movie, and His HEAVY METAL Approach
  5. Full Pacific Rim Interview with Guillermo del Toro
  6. Pacific Rim 2? Director Already Has 'A Couple Of Things' In Mind
  7. Guillermo del Toro on the Pacific Rim Blu-ray, Frankenstein, and His Cabinet of Curiosities
  8. "Pacific Rim 2" Script In The Works, Says Guillermo del Toro
  9. Exclusive: Guillermo del Toro Talks PACIFIC RIM Animated Series; Says It’s Envisioned as a Long Arc That Connects to PACIFIC RIM 2, Not Episodic
  10. ‘Pacific Rim 2′ Confirmed for April 7, 2017, Release
  11. Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Pacific Rim 2′ Will Be “Very Different”
  12. Guillermo Del Toro to Direct B&W Film Before ‘Pacific Rim 2′
  13. Guillermo Del Toro is still working on Pacific Rim 2 - Entertainment Weekly
  14. Guillermo Del Toro in Talks to Direct 'Fantastic Voyage' Remake (Exclusive) - The Hollywood Reporter
  15. Guillermo Del Toro on Twitter - "Pacific Rim 2 cancelled? Don't believe everything you read. It's still going and I'll remain w it in one way or another!
  16. 'Star Wars' John Boyega Takes Lead In 'Pacific Rim' Sequel - Deadline
  17. Pacific Rim 2 Release Date Set for 2018 -
  18. Godzilla sequel and Pacific Rim sequel titles revealed - SuperHeroHype
  19. Charlie Day Talks Secrets from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 12 and the Musical Episode
  20. Instagram of Dan Mindel

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9 days ago
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That is a sweet poster. The jeagers look awesome

Indominus Rex 2016

one month ago
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I wonder if this movie is still going to happen, or got cancelled...

Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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Hah, looks like we need to update the production section. Legendary finished filming it last month.

Indominus Rex 2016

one month ago
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one month ago
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Yes. They've released multiple promotional images for the film now.


3 months ago
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Maybe this one will have interesting human characters.


3 months ago
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What happened to maelstrom?

Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
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Legendary probably realized that everyone would misspell it.


6 months ago
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so their making a sequel now. Okay.