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‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Intends to Launch an Expanded Cinematic Universe

Because literally everything is a cinematic universe these days.

Just last week, we laid eyes on the official trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, directed by Steven S. DeKnight. The film is a 10-years-later sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 monsters vs. machines fight flick, but it’s hoping to do more than merely continue the story. It’s hoping to launch something much, much bigger.

DeKnight explained to Nerdist.

The plan was always to use this movie as a launching pad,” he told the site at NYCC. “If enough people show up to this, we’ve already talked about the plot of the third movie, and how 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. Yeah, that’s the plan. And I would love to see an animated TV show based on this.”

DeKnight also noted that more comic books are very likely.

But first up, in the sequel, arriving March 23, 2018

“The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious‘ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.”

Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Jing Tian, Levi Meaden, and Adria Arjona also star.

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  • I’m all for this, IF they keep the production value high, and the kaiju designs creative.

    • J Jett

      but that’s the problem. this sequel looks god awful and it looks (production-wise) incredibly cheap/cheesy.

  • Grimphantom

    At least they didn’t go for it in the first where “oh but there’s a cinematic universe heading for ya!” I can see them expand if it’s done right.

  • Christopher Nickerson

    Loved the first, will see this, but for the love of god stop the expanded universe talk until you see how it does in theaters

  • sliceanddice


  • A bit of a misnomer on their part, because a cinematic universe consists of two or more distinct franchises taking place in the same universe. If it’s just Pacific Rim and its sequels/prequels/reboots/spin-offs, then it’s just a franchise.

  • Bart Crowe

    Has an expandable cinematic universe worked outside of Marvel? WB has all but admitted it’s scaling back the DC Universe by having stand alone comic book movies. I will admit WB has found success with the DC live action shows and they do crossovers all the time.
    Paramount is trying to get a Transformers expanded universe off the ground but they possibly waited too long because the last movie was the least successful in the franchise.
    Universal might of had the first cinematic expanded universe with their monsters back in the day but their new attempt has been less than stellar. They already removed the first movie from their canon, Dracula Untold. Their last movie The Mummy was a flop unless internationally it did well. So unless Bride of Frankenstein does well they are dead in the water.

  • J Jett

    i love the first film and was VERY excited for this sequel but….ugh… i cannot properly express just how atrocious every single aspect of this sequel looks. it’s what is TRANSFORMERS and POWER RANGERS had a movie baby and it aired on Saturday morning during Banana Splits. lol. i have no interest in an expanded anything from this sequel and any subsequent movies in this “expanded universe”.

    • Creepshow

      This is the shittiest trailer I’ve seen in a while.

      • J Jett

        very true, but i don’t think ANY trailer, no matter how well put together it was, could change/hide the fact that literally every single aspect of the film looks like a low budget episode of POWER RANGERS.

        • Creepshow

          China saved the first film, lets see if they can do it again.

  • Maelwolf

    Great news! The trailer for the second film looks awesome, and I’d love to see some more machine vs machine fights, perhaps in a spin-off. Hope it takes off and we get even more Pacific Rim action.

  • Jérémy Kuprowski

    It’s time to stop with the cinematic universes…Even more so when they are planned beforehand.

    Marvel managed to succeed mainly because they are an established property..AND because they actually played safe (since Iron Man was basically their last gamble). Not to mention they are the first who attempted such a thing.

    But now everyone try to do it, to little success. The DCU is slowing down because they realized that movies need to be critically successful as well. The Dark Cinematic Universe flopped with only one movie. So what makes them think that both the John Wick Universe and Pacific Rim Universe will work?

    I’m more than happy to see a sequel to the giant geek-asm that was the first Pacific Rim, but seriously… Just wait and see how it will do.

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