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Pacific Rim: Uprising is being planned as a "launching pad" for a cinematic universe

LordOfLore

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The first Pacific Rim film filled our hearts with kaijus, Jaegers, giant swords, and joy in 2013. Pacific Rim Uprising will continue the story in March 2018. Set 10 years after the events of the initial installment, Uprising is poised to expand the world we just started to explore. But, it could also expand the Pacific Rim universe in a big kaiju-sized way.

Nerdist followed up with the film’s director and writer Steven S. DeKnight about a comment he made on a panel at New York Comic Con (NYCC). He mentioned the Pacific Rim “franchise.” It turns out, as Erika Ishii learned, DeKnight meant more than only a third movie. If they receive enough support Pacific Rim Uprising, they can move forward with the next film, yes, but also stories in other mediums.

DeKnight specifically mentioned, “The plan was always to use this movie as a launching pad.” He wants to expand the universe a la Star Wars or Star Trek. That could mean more comics, novels, or even an animated television series. Since the possibility of a Pacific Rim cartoon was rumored to be on the table when Guillermo del Toro was on board, I hope it could still happen. We could all use a little more kaiju action in our lives, don’t you think?

"I'm certainly hoping so. I think you'll definitely probably get more comics. The plan was always to use this movie as a launching pad. If enough people show up to this, we've already talked about the plot of the third movie."

"The end of the third movie would expand the universe to a Star Wars/Star Trek-style franchise where you can go in many, many different directions. You can go main canon, you can go spin-offs, you can go one-offs. That's the plan."
 

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Ugh. Enough with cinematic universes. Just try too make one good film. If it works. Build off it
 

CoolestSpot

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Look, I'm the biggest PR fan, so I'm fine if by "cinematic universe" they just mean a successful franchise. I don't want any spin-off movies like Star Wars is doing these days (heck, I'm still mixed on if I want those for Star Wars), but I'll eat up any comics, animated shows, or video games they throw my way.

Also still upset they took it from Toro as far as I know
 

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After the last 5 "cinematic universes" didn't work out, you'd think they'd smarten up and just focus on making a solid movie instead.
 

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I want the final one to be essentially an adaptation of End of Evangelion.

Make the next one G Gundam tho.
 

HStallion

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They really dropped the ball on this IP. They could have at least attempted to put out some kind of animated series or something after the first to keep buzz going. Hell if it was good it could have brought in a whole new audience that would be waiting for this film. Its not that easy obviously but seems like there was a lot of wasted opportunity with the Pacific Rim IP.
 

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So you're saying there's a chance for Rylie and Mako to be one of the main cast again?!

probably not :(
 
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I'd love a crossover with Godzilla.


Which ends with Godzilla teaming up with the Jaegers against a bigger threat.
 

dl77

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I don't know if the video in the article's any different but I can't see any reference to a 'cinematic universe' in there?

It mentions comics/novels etc which I think is fair enough as most huge movies have spin offs in one way or another.
 

Geno Breaker

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They really dropped the ball on this IP. They could have at least attempted to put out some kind of animated series or something after the first to keep buzz going. Hell if it was good it could have brought in a whole new audience that would be waiting for this film. Its not that easy obviously but seems like there was a lot of wasted opportunity with the Pacific Rim IP.

That's what del Toro was trying right after the first was released but setbacks and delays eventually lead into this.

I'm just glad they're not having a crossover with the Godzilla movies (yet) because it wouldn't fit at all unless they had a comedic approach.
 

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They really dropped the ball on this IP. They could have at least attempted to put out some kind of animated series or something after the first to keep buzz going. Hell if it was good it could have brought in a whole new audience that would be waiting for this film. Its not that easy obviously but seems like there was a lot of wasted opportunity with the Pacific Rim IP.

More of y'all should've watched it then instead of watching Grown Ups 2.

Just fold it into the Gozilla/Kong universe.

They're literally doing a crossover film.
 

Geno Breaker

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More of y'all should've watched it then instead of watching Grown Ups 2.



They're literally doing a crossover film.

TBF Pacific Rim had horrible marketing. Right when the BO numbers came out, everybody was afraid the Godzilla reboot was gonna bomb because of the same thing.
 
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Yeah, let's see those box-office numbers first.
They should just introduce the jeagers in whatever the Godzillaverse is called. No explanation needed other than humans just naturally develloped the technology. It would make for a nice follow-up to Kong vs. Godzilla, if we ever get that far.
 

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How many cinematic universes have actually been launched successfully? Is it just marvel at this point? It's silly because marvel is based on comics where there is already a large shared universe. It doesn't make sense for a movie like this. Why not just plan sequels if it's a success?

Edit: the first trailer for this movie already makes me think it's going to underperform. It's going to end up just like all the other attempts at a cinematic universe.
 

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kinda wish this cinamatic universe was linked with Kong and Godzilla since all 3 are being made by Legendary Entertainment

mechs vs giant ape vs godzilla

showdown of the century
 

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That's bad news. I still have nightmares from the last Mummy. It would've been a bad movie on its own, but using it for the purpose of the new cinematic universe made it even worse.
 

Miles X

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I'd love a crossover with Godzilla.


Which ends with Godzilla teaming up with the Jaegers against a bigger threat.

I like the Godzilla/Kong movies, can we not taint them with this cheap trash. Thanks.

The 1st was way to good, hope the 2nd one is good, if not better.

Have you seen the trailer? Then again if you enjoy the 'acting' in the first you should be fine.
 

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It's not like having a cinematic universe is bad. But how about we begin by making the first movie a success and get people invested in the franchise before we start making a cinematic universe and waste screentime on it ?
 

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Why is everyone crapping on a potential for a long term robots punching monsters film franchise? That sounds amazing if it happens. Seriously, make the third movie where humans can travel to other planets and we can get space kaiju battles.
 

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I was excited to watch the trailer for the sequel but it just looked like another Transformers movie. I really hope it's good.
 

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As much as I love the first one, it did not do well domestically and was like barely saved thanks to the foreign market.

But maybe people in 2017 want a giant monster vs giant robot cinematic universe.
 

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Del Toro is the Dolph Ziggler of the film industry. Dude could've been what Nolan is, but he's so stunningly indecisive when it comes to getting projects off the ground.
 

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We should collate all these "launching pads for cinematic universe" films into an unoffical box set and call it the Insanity Collection.
 

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Yeah no, the sequel is gonna likely flop, so yeah they're playing their cards wrong. Much as I enjoy the first, I'm getting the sense that audiences will reject the sequel even more.

It's a miracle they're even doing this one after the performance of the first.

They expect it do massive numbers in China at least.
 

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There was supposed to be an animated prequel series if I recall correctly.

Netflix should get on that. I'm ready to cancel more apocalypses
 

Busty

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If they receive enough support Pacific Rim Uprising, they can move forward with the next film, yes, but also stories in other mediums.

I like the wording "enough support". Basically if this does huge numbers then of course they'll try and expand the franchise.

But I seriously doubt this film gets anywhere near the numbers needed for this thing to turn a profit never mind spawn a whole cinematic universe.
 

Busty

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They're literally doing a crossover film.

I remember seeing it somewhere. Maybe they cancelled it or it was a rumour?

This was never a thing, just fanboy speculation.

Monsterverse is with Warners.

Pacific Rim is now with Universal after WB literally rejected their option on the sequel.

There is no connective tissue between the two and never has been.
 
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Good luck. I was pretty bummed by the trailer, seemed to loose a lot of the Del Toro flair in the sequel and comes off a little...bland. I really hope Im totally off base though.