Del Toro: 'Pacific Rim' Animated Series Will Set Up Film Sequel

The Pacific Rim franchise is set to expand, with a live-action sequel arriving in theaters in 2017, and an animated series debuting even earlier.

Guillermo del Toro spoke with Collider about what he has in mind for the animated version of Pacific Rim, saying he wants to make sure it aligns with what he's planning for the sequel.

"I really want to explore things that are complementary to the things that I want to explore in the second movie," he said. "[The] drift, what drifting does to you, what is needed to drift, a lot of stuff that I think is important, but also the jaeger technology, the kaijus being evolved, ideas about the precursors — the guys that control the kaijus."

Del Toro added that he's negotiating with "a few Japanese companies for the animation," and also speaking with a few potential show runners "that have a strong animation background."

"What’s great is it’s a great set-up and a link between the first movie and the second movie," he said. "It really enhances the mythology of the characters; we have cameos of characters from the first movie, but mostly it’s a new set of characters. New jaegers, except for one or two, [and] new kaijus. It’s really fun."

Pacific Rim 2 defeats all the kaiju on April 7, 2017.

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