Guillermo Del Toro fans can breath a sigh of relief, as the wheels are clearly in motion for the continuation of his ‘Pacific Rim’ franchise. Although the film had been met with mixed reviews and mediocre sales here in the US, internationally the movie was a major success, enough so that Legendary Pictures greenlit a sequel, with rumors that the studio has a third installment in mind as well.

As the above poster for the next installment demonstrates (its a fan made poster embraced by the film’s facebook page), there is still a lot of excitement for the possibilities future entries in the series may bring, even in a poster that lacks any of the Kaiju or Jaegars, and has an ominous unexplained whirlpool that was not seen in the original.

Del Toro seems particularly excited about continuing the story, saying that the next entry will be “radically different than the first movie,” and claiming that not every character will have the same amount of screen time as the first movie.

“…some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one.”

It seems his plan is to have a lot of the characters play more significant roles in the third film, while the  second will introduce new characters to the franchise. Of course, it’s all a bit of a gamble since the third film has not yet been approved, but I personally love the idea of the second ending in a cliffhanger that leads into the third film, because it means Del Toro is attempting to make an honest trilogy of his franchise, which can only mean good things.

Of course, he also wanted to give the trilogy treatment to ‘Hellboy,’ and I’m not holding my breath on that one, so only time will tell how this latest venture works out for the director. Here’s hoping when it finally opens on April 7, 2017 it blows audience away, and paves the way for its third chapter.

Source: CinemaBlend, Collider