Guillermo Del Toro Talks ‘Pacific Rim’ Alternate Endings And Sequel

Posted Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 10:00 am GMT -4 by

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While many were disappointed that it only came in third at the box office during it’s opening weekend, people are still talking about ‘Pacific Rim’ in a positive light. Since there’s a way to go before it’s widely considered a success, we have some time before an official green light is given to another installment of Guillermo Del Toro’s epic robots versus monsters film. However, in case the okay comes soon, the director is prepared for it.

In an interview with Bleeding Cool, Del Toro revealed that there is a detail in the film that could be explored further in a sequel. Now, the following quotes contain some mild spoilers, so be aware of that before reading on:

Charlie Day Pacific Rim“There was a line that I deleted from the movie that will come back if I do a second movie. Newt explained that the Kaiju are not carbon-based organisms like humans, they are silicon based. The only part I left out of his explanation is that they have a hive mentality, meaning that if you ‘drift’ with a Kaiju brain, you are drifting with every Kaiju alive.

Depending on the duration of the drift the information might be complete or incomplete, but the Kaiju know everything the human drifts with them knows. That’s as much as I can tell you without spoiling the sequel. Well, that’s providing there is a sequel – if there isn’t one, I promise, I’ll spill the beans.”

Another thing that might blossom in a sequel is a love story. Now, I’m a sucker for a good love story, but I’m glad that Del Toro kept it out of ‘Pacific Rim’. In my opinion, he did a good job of depicting two people who simply have respect for each other stemming from a work relationship. But that wasn’t always the case. During production, the director and company came to that conclusion via trial and error. While speaking to Badass Digest, GDT shared that they actually shot a few different endings with stars Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi before they settled on the final cut:

Pacific Rim Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi“When I was working on the movie we had three or four different versions of the relationship between Charlie and Rinko because I wanted to see if I could make a story about two people liking each other without having to end in a kiss. So when I shot the ending we shot three versions. I’ve never done this before, but instinctively I thought we should do three versions. We did one version where they kiss and it almost felt weird. They’re good friends, they’re pals, good colleagues.

But the thing that stayed in the movie is the hint that there may be a love story one day, but it’s not there yet. Maybe in the sequel perhaps…if it gets made.”

For me, there was no need to go further with that aspect of the story because it took us to a point where we needed to be. The world was saved and that’s what everyone was working to achieve. That’s not to say that the respect that Raleigh and Mako have for each other couldn’t evolve into something more down the line, but I’m glad that it was kept at bay for now.

Are you hoping for a ‘Pacific Rim’ sequel? Based on these quotes, what direction do you think Del Toro would go with the Kaiju, the Jaegers, the pilots, and the drift in a follow up? Give us your theories in the comments.

‘Pacific Rim’ starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff is currently in theaters.

  • louis1978uk

    ive honestly watch it 3 times now 2x 2d 1 in imax and the move blew me away after the mess transformers devolved into and seeing how star trek has evolved i had no right to expect such an epic movie a movie about a serious topic full of death violence and the unavoidable possability of humanity being wiped out now considering it contains all that how on earth it is so vastly enjoyable fun and unserious yet not a comedy is mind boggling but 1 things for sure JJ abrams watch out theres a new boy on the block and i cant wait to see a sequel and how the story evolves from the movie there is a hell of a lot of content that could expand in so many directions its almost got the freedom of “avatar” to reach out in any direction… 5star definately best of 2013 and thankfully not some silly adolecent high school remake or lame poorly scripted comedy..


    • DL

      Not only would I like to see a sequel; I’d like to see them reverse the characters. Perhaps have the aliens reverse-engineer a robot from the explosion while the humans tame a few captured monsters. Then you’ve got a new hive of monsters that can drift with their “pilots” with a human queen to fight evil mecha-godzilla type robots.

  • hsamad

    I also enjoyed this movie and was quite glad it didn’t end in a kiss.

  • Talos

    God I hope there is a sequel, I really do, I’d pay double to see one like I already have to see this one.

    p.s glad there was no kiss actually said it after the first time I saw it, for once it wasn’t spoilt by a love story.

    • keith32

      Unfortunately the box office numbers don’t look good for a sequel… unless it kills it internationally… which is a possibility. It is doing really well in asia and it hasn’t even opened yet in Japan where it will crush the competition.

  • Kyle Edgecomb

    Still waiting on a district 9 sequel del toro

  • Nathan

    As far as he romance goes, we as Americans love a happy ending, most of the time the a kiss. n any sequal I think the two lead should become leaders with their on teams of newly built mechas.

  • Karen

    SEQUEL PLEASE!!! I LOVE pacific rim!