‘Pacific Rim 2′: Guillermo del Toro to direct sequel for 2017 release

June 27, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.
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Charlie Hunnam, left, as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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The United States' Gipsy Danger in a scene from "Pacific Rim." Gipsy Danger is a Jaeger, one of the fighting robots invented by humans to defeat an alien kaiju onslaught. (Warner Bros.)

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Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost, left, and Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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Rob Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen, left, and Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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Max Martini as Herc Hansen, left, Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost, and Clifton Collins as Ops Tendo Choi in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, left, Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost, and Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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Robert Maillet as Lt. S. Kaidanovsky and Heather Doerksen as Lt. A. Kaidanovsky in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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China's Jaeger Crimson Typhoon, left, and Russia's Jaeger Cherno Alpha in a scene from "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket, left, and Mana Ashida as young Mako in "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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The United States' Jaeger Gipsy Danger, left, and Australia's Jaeger Striker Eureka in a scene from "Pacific Rim." (Warner Bros.)

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Rob Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen, left, and Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

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Charlie Hunnam, left, as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

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Max Martini as Herc Hansen, left, and Rob Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

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Max Martini as Herc Hansen, left, and Rob Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

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Charlie Hunnam, left, as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

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Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, left, and Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

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Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost, left, Max Martini as Herc Hansen, Clifton Collins Jr. as Ops Tendo Choi and Rob Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

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Charles Luu, Lance Luu and Mark Luu play the Wei Tang triplets in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

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Ron Perlman as Hannibal Chau, left, and Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler in "Pacific Rim." (Kerry Hayes / Warner Bros.)

It’s official: “Pacific Rim 2″ is a go. In the wake of director Guillermo del Toro’s comments earlier this month that he had begun working on a script alongside screenwriter Zak Penn (“The Avengers”), Universal has announced that it will be partnering with Legendary Pictures to release the film in 3-D on April 7, 2017. Del Toro will be directing the film and writing the script with Penn.

In a video released Thursday from Toronto, where he is finishing up work on the gothic thriller “Crimson Peak,” which hits theaters next year, Del Toro announced that he and Penn, alongside the original “Pacific Rim” writer Travis Beacham, will be creating an animated “Pacific Rim” series as well.

You can check it out below.

“Pacific Rim” was a modest domestic box office success but was a surprising international hit. $309 million of its $411 million gross came from overseas and, as of last year, it was the sixth-highest-grossing American film in China.

Last year, at a Hero Complex Screening Series advance showing of “Pacific Rim,” Del Toro spoke  about the guiding philosophy for every film that he makes.

“I try to celebrate diversity … it’s not singing ‘Kumbaya,’ it’s just saying that we all need each other to survive, which is a message that’s on ‘Hellboy’ or ‘Devil’s Backbone’ in equal measure. We need to trust each other because metaphorically we’re all in the same robot. If we don’t trust each other, we don’t move.”

Are you excited to see “Pacific Rim 2″? Please let us know in the comments below.

– Justin Sullivan | @LATherocomplex

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