For those who still love to participate in viral marketing campaigns, finding the first video for Pacific Rim: Uprising is just for you, and just in time for San Diego Comic-Con.
Set 10 years after the first film, Uprising sees a new breed of Jaeger pilots defending the earth from the threat of the Kaiju. The video acts as a recruitment video, in which John Boyega‘s character tries to get the viewer to join the Jaeger uprising.
Check out the video, plus details on the new Jaegers, below.
According to longtime Transformers director Michael Bay, there’s 14 more movies in the franchise on the way including the spinoffs, and he’s interested in making one of those spinoffs. Now, before we shake our heads in (not so surprised) disbelief, let’s just get one thing out of the way first. Transformers: The Last Knight is supposed to be Bay’s last film in the franchise. At least that’s what he’s said. Remember, he previously told the press that for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. So it doesn’t come as a shock when he also says he’d like to do one of the spinoffs.
Secondly, 14 more Transformers films was not unexpected. At least not when Bay, Akvia Goldsman, and Steven Spielberggathered a group of writers to pitch ideas to expand the franchise into a shared universe. More on the story below.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has shared the first image of his character in Pacific Rim 2, which is officially titledPacific Rim: Uprising. Boyega plays a character named Jake Pentecost, the son of the original movie’s Stacker Pentecost, played by Idris Elba.
The movie is the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2013 giant robots vs. giant monsters movie. This time around it’s Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil, Spartacus: Blood and Sand) directing, with del Toro remaining involved as a producer.
Though Pacific Rim was a bit underwhelming in the U.S, where it grossed $101 million, but found huge overseas numbers, particularly in China, where it grossed $111 million. Those numbers were just enough to garner a sequel, Pacific Rim 2, that will be directed by Steven DeKnight. Currently, the film stars John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, and it’s still not clear if anyone from the first film will be returning. While Charlie Hunnam has said he will not be reprising his role in the sequel, Guillermo del Toro that most of the original cast would return.
With most the major pieces already in place, it was only a matter of time before Legendary would be announcing a start date for the production. Now the production company can say that Pacific Rim 2 will begin lensing this November, and Chinese actress Jing Tian will be joining the cast. More on the story below.
This past summer, Paramount Studios hired 12 writers to write out the bible for the Transformers cinematic universe. The plan was for the writers to come up with ideas that would expand beyond the canon films with spinoffs and prequels. Of the proposed works there were plans for a Bumblebee spinoff, Beast Wars, and more.
Of the nine pitches that were sent to the Transformers brain trust — Michael Bay, Akiva Goldsman, Steven Spielberg, Mark Vahradian, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, as well as Hasbro’s Brian Goldner — only five were approved. Of those five, a Transformers Cybertron animated origins film will be helmed by Ant-Man co-writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, while Goldsman is confirmed to be scripting Transformers 5. Bay has yet to announce if he will return to direct the fifth untitled Transformers film. It’s still not clear if the other three unnamed projects are spinoffs or prequels, but Hasbro announced that there will be four more Transformers films in the next decade. More on the story below.