We’ve got a good long wait until Pacific Rim 2 brings the kaiju smackdown on April 7, 2017, but thankfully, there’s an animated series to bridge the gap between films. And according to a recent interview, Guillermo del Toro seems committed to setting up some long-range storytelling instead of just an episodic cartoon.
Talking to Collider about the various projects he’s juggling right now, del Toro explained that the animated series will serve as a link between films, “enhanc[ing] the mythology of the characters.” So, while we’ll likely see cameos from Raleigh and Mako, and hopefully Geiszler and Gottlieb (because Science Boyfriends FTW), we’ll mostly be following the adventures of a new crew—“new jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus.”
But, lest you worry that a new cast means monster-of-the-week storylines, del Toro reassures fans that that’s not the case:
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 complementary 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.
Del Toro and co. are in talks with a number of Japanese animation studios, and talking with showrunners who have a strong animation background in order to start setting up a writers’ room and the like. We can’t wait to see what drift looks like animated.
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