Pacific Rim, the monsters versus robots royal rumble film that released in 2013, has since gained quite a cult following. Directed by Oscar-winner Guillermo Del Toro, Pacific Rim was a modest success at the box office, which was enough to earn it a sequel in Pacific Rim: Uprising. However, Del Toro – who didn’t direct Uprising – has now shared his own original vision for what Pacific Rim 2 could’ve been.
Speaking to The Wrap in a recent interview about his latest film Nightmare Alley, Del Toro went into some detail about his original and rather bizarre vision for a Pacific Rim sequel, had he kept the reigns on it. Unlike Uprising which skewered the original film’s charm by completely missing the point, Del Toro’s strange sequel ideas would’ve been a little better suited for the already bonkers nature of the franchise.
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Del Toro outlined the details about his own Pacific Rim sequel, had he directed it:
“The villain was this tech guy that had invented basically sort of the internet 2.0. And then they realized that all his patents came to him one morning. And so little by little, they started putting together this and they said, ‘Oh, he got them from the Precursors.’ The guys that control the kaiju.
And then we found out that the Precursors are us thousands of years in the future. They’re trying to terraform, trying to re-harvest the earth to survive. Wow. And that we were in exo-bio-suits that looked alien, but they were not. We were inside. And it was a really interesting paradox. It was really crazy. And some elements of that they took and they re-jigged.”
For those that don’t know, the Precursors were the ancient alien race that controlled the giant kaiju from an alternate dimension. As it turns out, the mysterious and creepy alien race would’ve been us in the future. As bizarre as that sounds, it still kind of makes sense considering the barebones plot of Pacific Rim. Regardless, we probably would’ve gotten plenty of monster versus robots action along the way.
Del Toro concluded by stating that he wasn’t satisfied with the way Uprising killed off Mako Mori, one of the main characters in the original film. “I wanted her not only to live, I wanted her to be one of the main characters in the second movie,” said the director.
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Source: The Wrap