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 films 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, dont 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."