Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim landed in theaters back in 2013 to a fairly unanimously positive reaction by audiences and kaiju fans alike. The sequel however, Pacific Rim: Uprising did not see that same level of adoration and appreciation the original had. Del Toro was originally supposed to helm the sequel to his Kaiju vs. Mecha epic adventure, but a number of factors and scheduling conflicts forced the beloved filmmaker to abandon the project.
Thanks to a fresh interview by The Wrap, we now have an idea of what Del Toro's original plan for Pacific Rim 2 would have entailed and it sounds way more interesting than the plot we got with Uprising:
The villain was this tech guy that had invented basically sort of the internet 2.0. And then they realized that all his patents came to him one morning. And so little by little, they started putting together this and they said, ‘Oh, he got them from the precursors.’ The guys that control the kaiju. And then we found out that the precursors are us thousands of years in the future. They’re trying to terraform, trying to re-harvest the earth to survive. Wow. And that we were in exo-bio-suits that looked alien, but they were not. We were inside. And it was a really interesting paradox.
What a major twist that would have been - the Kaiju Precursors having been an evolutionary leap in Human development thousands of years into the future!
Del Toro also went on to explain that actress Mako Mori would have had a far more prominent role in the sequel, rather than being killed off like she was in Uprising:
To me, the hero was Mako Mori. I wanted her not only to live, I wanted her to be one of the main characters in the second movie.
What do you think of Guillermo's original plan for Pacific Rim 2? Would you have preferred that plot direction or did you enjoy Uprising? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!