Production on the hotly anticipated Pacific Rim: Uprising is progressing nicely.
Pacific Rim: Uprising began life as an idea many feared would not come to fruition. The first film opened at #3 in the box office charts, and failed to recoup its $190 million budget through domestic ticket sales. It still found a fanbase stateside, but hopes for a sequel were dim. Pacific Rim’s saving grace, in real life as in the plot itself, came from around the world, as it made over $309 million in foreign sales.
Director Guillermo Del Toro announced a sequel in 2014, but details were scarce and it wasn’t until two years later, with the announcement that Steven DeKnight had signed on to direct, that buzz for the film picked up again. Casting announcements soon followed. John Boyega and Cailee Spaeny were announced as leads, and were joined by Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, and Mackenyu.
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 7, 2017
News regarding the film, like the fact that Charlie Day will return as Dr. Newton Geiszler, has picked up even more this month. The actors have been sharing behind-the-scenes photos, like the above tweet from John Boyega and this Instagram post from Scott Eastwood introducing fans to his character Nate Lambert. Earlier this week Boyega revealed the film’s new logo (below).
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) February 17, 2017
Scified’s Pacific Rim fansite revealed promotional art for three new Jaegers from License! Global, a publication for connecting brands and licensors. So far, one fan-favorite company has thrown their hat in the proverbial ring, as Bluefin Brands announced that Tamashii Nations would be producing Pacific Rim: Uprising products instead of NECA. Tamashii rep Adam Newman revealed in this video that they would be releasing PacRim products in multiple lines, including their die-cast and model kit specialties.
Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel that almost wasn’t, is currently filming in Australia as it works towards its February 23, 2018 release date.