Despite not doing quite as well as the studio would have hoped, a Pacific Rim animated series and Pacific Rim 2 are on the way. While promoting his new film, The Book of Life, Guillermo Del Toro took some time to answer questions about the future of the franchise.

First, on the status of Pacific Rim 2, this is what he had to say:
“We got the first draft of the movie now, and we are going to spend another 4-5 months on the screenplay before we start pre-production. We start pre-production next year in August-September and start shooting November-December next year.”

On the story for the film:
“some of your favorite characters come back, some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambitiously and say ‘Let’s hope we have three movies,’ so some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one.”

He also said that he is planning for a third film. That could mean that Pacific Rim 2 will be a cliffhanger. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Collider