Guillermo del Toro got to share some exciting news last month with the announcement that Pacific Rim 2 was officially happening, and even had a release date set for April 7, 2017. This Sunday he begins haunting the small screen with his new vampire horror series The Strain on FX. Anybody who follows del Toro’s work knows that the dude has at least two dozen different irons in the fire at any given time, but a new interview with the Wall Street Journal provides a few more details about the Pacific Rim animated series and one of del Toro’s longest-gestating projects, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness.
The initial announcement about Pacific Rim 2 included only a brief mention of the Pacific Rim animated series, but thankfully the Wall Street Journal folks pried a few more details out of him. The ‘toon will follow the adventures of Jaeger pilots and cadets battling the kaiju in the years before the events of Pacific Rim. The animated series will also delve into the backstory of characters we will eventually meet in Pacific Rim 2.
Here’s what del Toro told Collider:
We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation. We are talking to a couple of showrunners that have a strong animation background, [we’re] casting the writers room. What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie. It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun…
We’re going for a long arc, so the idea is to show a group of characters — we have pilots, functional jaegers, but we have all these younger characters. I really want to explore things that are complimentary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie: drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors—the guys that control the kaijus. We have a lot of leeway in 13 episodes and I wanna make it sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim, which is the ideal audience for Pacific Rim was young — very young, 11-year-olds and so forth — but with really beautiful design and stories that make these characters interesting in a way that I found them interesting in, for example, Year Zero, the graphic novel that we did. And I think that’s the basic thrust of the thing.
Pacific Rim stories will also continue in comic form, following up on the Tales from Year Zero comic.