Guillermo del Toro is collaborating with Zak Penn on the sequel to Pacific Rim, the director told BuzzFeed. Penn, who wrote The Incredible Hulk and the original draft of The Avengers, replaces Travis Beacham, who has gone on to work on the new Fox series Hieroglyph.
“I’m working very, very hard with Zak Penn,” del Toro said. “We’ve been working for a few months now in secret. We found a way to twist it around. Travis Beacham was involved in the storyline and now I’m writing with Zak because Travis has become a TV mogul.”
The sequel was announced in December 2012, more than half a year before Pacific Rim premiered. Del Toro and Beacham have been working on the script since then, despite not actually having a greenlight from Legendary Pictures.
That’s still the case these days. “I don’t have the money, but I’m proceeding like it is happening,” del Toro said before noting it will most likely be his next project. The characters played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi will return in the sequel.
“Some people were wondering if we were going to do the prequel,” he said. “I was never interested in doing that first wave of invasion. I’m going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle.”