Pacific Rim Uprising (2018)
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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 March 23, 2018.
The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.
John Boyega stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous "Kaiju." Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori — who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.
Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara, as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.
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." 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. 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. 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." The director has also stated the sequel will feature "Gipsy 2.0," as well as a "merging of Kaiju and Jaeger". 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.
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. 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 and a continuation of the graphic novel were also announced. 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. 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.
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.
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."
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.
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: King of the Monsters and Pacific Rim: Uprising. On August 2, 2017, Universal moved the film's release date forward a month to March 23, 2018.
Principal photography on Pacific Rim Uprising lasted from November 2016 to March 2017, beginning in Australia and concluding at Wanda Studios Qingdao in China. Locations in Australia included Sydney, Brisbane (doubling as Tokyo), and the Gold Coast. On June 27, 2017, John Boyega announced that reshoots were underway.
The first official image from Pacific Rim Uprising appeared in the magazine License! Global on February 9, 2017, showing three Jaegers (later identified as Gipsy Avenger, Saber Athena, and Bracer Phoenix). A diagram showcasing Gipsy Avenger's various capabilities was displayed at a Tamashii Nations event on April 29, 2017; diagrams for Saber Athena and Bracer followed at Japan Expo on July 7, 2017, along with a Bandai figure of Avenger.
On July 20, 2017, direct Steven S. DeKnight introduced figures of Bracer Phoenix, Saber Athena, Titan Redeemer, and Guardian Bravo at San Diego Comic Con. Two drive suits were on display at the event as well. On the same day, Legendary launched GoJaeger.com, a viral marketing site for the film, and an accompanying video with John Boyega as Jake Pentecost.
New York Comic Con posted its schedule online on September 5, 2016, revealing that Pacific Rim Uprising's first trailer will debut at a panel on October 6 at Madison Square Garden. Director Steven DeKnight and actors John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Burn Gorman and Cailee Spaeny will be in attendance. The first three posters were released on September 26. A synopsis followed on October 4th.
On November 20, Legendary unveiled a second website, JaegerAcademy.com, in tandem with a contest to win a cameo in the film.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Steven S. DeKnight
- Written by Steven S. DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, 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
- 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 Liwen Shao
- Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler
- Cailee Spaeney as Amara Namani
- Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
- Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
- Adria Arjona as Jules
- Nick Tarabay
- Levi Meaden as Ilya
- Shyrley Rodriguez
- Karan Brar as Suresh
- Rahart Adams
- Zhang JinMarshal Quan
- Ivanna Sakhno
- Mackenyu as Ryoichi
- Wesley Wong as Ou-Yang Jinhai
- Lily Ji as Melin Gao
- Chen Zitong
- Lan Yingying
- Qian Yong Chen
- Xiao Yang
- Kim Jeong-Hoon
- Main article: Pacific Rim Uprising/Gallery.
- GoJaeger.com, viral marketing site
- JaegerAcademy.com, second viral marketing site
- Official Twitter account
- Official Facebook page
- Official Instagram account
- Pacific Rim Uprising on Pacific Rim Wiki
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