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Pacific Rim Uprising is the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 science-fiction film, Pacific Rim, directed by Steven S. DeKnight.[3][1][2] Set in the year 2035, Uprising is set ten years after the events of Pacific Rim. Following the story of the son of Stacker Pentecost, Uprising focuses on the aftermath of the Breach's destruction, and the revival of the Pan Pacific Defense Corps and the Jaeger Program under the management of an older Mako Mori.

While the sequel was announced in 2014, and set for 2017 release[21][22], the production experienced multiple delays.[23][24][25] Financial problems between Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures eventually saw production halted indefinitely.[26][27] Following the departure of del Toro, pre-production resumed February 2016 with DeKnight as its director.[1][2]

Several scripts were written by Jon Spaihts[3][1][2] and Derek Connolly.[28] DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, T.S. Nowlin and Kira Snyder were later credited as the film's central screenwriters.[5] Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega, Rinko Kikuchi, Scott Eastwood, and Cailee Spaeny. It was originally slated for a February 23, 2018 release[29][30][31] and later released March 23, 2018.[18]

Plot

"The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising. John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.” Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld. But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war. As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left. Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale. Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day."
—Official Description[32]

Summary

Ten years after the Battle of the Breach, Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, has abandoned the Jaeger Program and makes a living by stealing and selling Jaeger parts on the black market. While trying to steal part of a disabled Jaeger's power core, he meets a young scavenger named Amara Namani, whose parents were killed in a kaiju attack in Santa Monica. Amara pilots a makeshift Jaeger named Scrapper, Jake sitting beside her, until they are found by November Ajax.

As the Jaeger chases Scrapper through the ruined city for being an unregistered Jaeger, they are apprehended and arrested by the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. Jake's adoptive sister, and PPC General-Secretary, Mako Mori, gives Jake a choice between prison and returning to the PPDC as an instructor. Jake chooses to return to the academy, and Amara joins the cadet force.

Upon arriving at the Moyulan Shatterdome, Jake starts training cadets with his former co-pilot, Nate Lambert. There, they are introduced to new Mark-6 Jaegers Gipsy Avenger, Saber Athena, Guardian Bravo, Titan Redeemer, Valor Omega, and the upgraded Mark-5 Jaeger Bracer Phoenix. Mako and Nate explain to him that the Jaeger Program is threatened by the Shao Industries's drone program, which offers to mass produce remote controlled Jaegers developed by Liwen Shao and Dr. Newton Geiszler. Mako is due to deliver a final assessment to determine the authorization of the drones at a PPDC council meeting in Sydney, Australia.

Asked to attend the Sydney event as a flagship symbol, Jake steps in to pilot Gipsy Avenger with Nate, standing watch over the authorization meeting. Before long, a Rogue Jaeger emerges out of Sydney Harbour and begins to cause havoc. Gipsy Avenger quickly intervenes while Mako attempts to send information regarding the rogue Jaeger to the PPDC. After being shot at, Mako is killed by the rogue Jaeger before she can report, Gipsy Avenger failing to save her. Obsidian Fury returns to the water, fleeing from additional PPDC forces.

Mako's death prompts the PPDC council to authorize the drone program and order their immediate deployment. In her last moments, Mako reveals the location of a defunct Jaeger production facility in Severnaya Zemlya, Siberia, which she suspects Obsidian Fury is using as a base of operations. Before Jake and Nate can investigate the area in Gipsy Avenger, Obsidian Fury destroys the complex and engages them in battle. The two Jaegers eventually end up fighting on top a frozen lake, Gipsy Avenger ends the fight by punching through Obsidian Fury's chest, destroying it. Upon destroying its reactor, they find that Obsidian Fury was controlled by a Kaiju's secondary brain.

When the drones reach their respective locations, they are taken over by the cloned Kaiju brains and simultaneously attack Shatterdomes worldwide, inflicting heavy casualties on the PPDC forces and destroying Jaegers, including Titan Redeemer and Valor Omega. Hermann Gottlieb seeks out Geiszler for help, unaware that Geiszler is the mastermind behind the attack, corrupted by regularly drifting with a Kaiju's secondary brain. Seeking to destroy the world for the Precursors, Geiszler installed a backdoor in the drone program so that the Kaiju brains could take over, destroy the PPDC and open dozens of new breaches all over the world. Although Shao is able to destroy the drones and close the breaches, the Category IV Kaiju Hakuja and Shrikethorn, and a Category V Raijin manage to fully emerge successfully, with all of them converging on the city of MegaTokyo.

The team realizes that the Precursors' goal is to activate the Pacific Ring of Fire by having the Kaiju fall into Mount Fuji, where their blood will react with the volcano's rare earth elements and activate all of the volcanoes around the Ring of Fire, wiping out all life on Earth and terraforming the planet for their colonization.

Mobilizing the recruits, the PPDC confronts the Kaiju with their four remaining Jaegers, which they launch to Mt. Fuji. Although the Jaegers initially repel the Kaiju, seemingly winning, Geiszler activates swarms of tiny drones he secretly built, and utilizes them to merge the three Kaiju into a singular, colossal Mega-Kaiju. The beast quite easily overpowers the cadets and Gipsy Avenger, ripping apart Bracer Phoenix and rendering Guardian Bravo and Saber Athena inoperable. As the gigantic Kaiju begins to trudge towards Mt. Fuji, the PPDC decide to use Gipsy Avenger, the last operational Jaeger, to destroy the Kaiju with the help of one of the rockets.

Scrapper, piloted by Shao, is deployed, and helps weld the rocket to Gipsy Avenger. Badly injured, Nate ejects himself as Amara joins Jake to help co-pilot the Jaeger. Gipsy Avenger rockets into the sky, with Scrapper stuck to its back, before flying straight into Mega-Kaiju, destroying the Jaeger and killing the beast, while Jake and Amara escape in Scrapper. In the aftermath, Geiszler realizes his plan has been foiled, and is taken into custody by Nate. Geiszler threatens that his masters will attack the world over and over again, until they win. Jake replies that next time, humanity will be the ones attacking the Precursors.

Jaeger and Kaiju

Jaegers

Kaiju

Cast

New Cast

Actor/Actress Character
John Boyega Jake Pentecost[note 1]
Jing Tian Liwen Shao
Adria Arjona Jules Reyes
Karan Brar Suresh
Mackenyu Arata Ryoichi Hatayama
Zhang Jin Marshal Quan
Lily Ji Meilin Gao
Wesley Wong Ou-Yang Jinhai
Shyrley Rodriguez Renata[33]
Nick Tarabay Sonny
Cailee Spaeny Amara Namani[34]
Levi Meaden Ilya
Rahart Adams Tahima Shaheen[35]
Scott Eastwood Nate Lambert[36]
Ivanna Sakhno Viktoriya Malikova
Dustin Clare Joseph Burke

Returning Cast

Actor/Actress Character
Rinko Kikuchi Mako Mori
Charlie Day Newton Geiszler
Burn Gorman Hermann Gottlieb

Production

2016

Main article: Pacific Rim 2

Following the January announcement that the Pacific Rim sequel had been officially shelved by Universal[26][27], Guillermo del Toro alluded to an announcement regarding the fate of the film on Twitter. February 23, 2016, he announced that Steven S. DeKnight would be the film's director and that more news regarding the film's production would arrive soon.[37][38][note 2]

Deadline.com and /Film.com reported that production of the sequel would resume with del Toro acting as the film's producer.[1][2] When asked about stepping down from the position of director, del Toro explained he was overburdened with other projects. The production of the sequel was postponed for nine months during Legendary's merger with China's Wanda Group.[39] Not wanting to wait nine months to go into production, del Toro stepped down and went on to direct The Shape of Water, and DeKnight was chosen to direct the film.[note 3][39] June 30, 2016, it was officially announced that the sequel would be released February 23, 2018.[29][30]

August 13, 2016, DeKnight announced that major casting was wrapping up on the film and that the set production would begin following the moving to Sydney, Australia.[40] That same day, DeKnight made reference to in-progress storyboards for the sequel.[41] Another report, regarding the film's production from an un-sourced social media account via a Facebook named "Planet Kaiju", announced that sets for the Pacific Rim sequel were being built.[42]

September 13, 2016, John Boyega announced the completion of his work for the film, Detroit, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and that he would be heading for Sydney to work on “Pacific Rim 2”.[43][44] September 22, 2016, it was officially confirmed that production would begin in Australia in November.[45] Principal photography was also officially confirmed to occur in China.[45][46] Earlier, it was believed filming in China would occur in October.[47][48] October 27, 2016, Scott Eastwood arrived in Australia to begin filming.[49]

Candid photograph of John Boyega filming on the set of Pacific Rim Uprising in November 2016.[50]

Filming for Pacific Rim Uprising officially began in November 9th, 2016.[51] During filming, John Boyega posted an image of the script on his official Instagram account and the official title of the film was believed to be the then-rumored working title, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.[52][53] Later that month, unofficial photography of John Boyega filming in Cronulla, south of Sydney, Australia, began to circulate online.[54]

Late December 2016, an official press release for Legendary's upcoming Godzilla and Pacific Rim sequels announced the films had been renamed. Pacific Rim: Maelstrom was now Pacific Rim Uprising, and the Godzilla sequel was renamed Godzilla: King of the Monsters.[55][56] January 18, 2016, Daredevil composer John Paesano was announced as the official composer of Pacific Rim Uprising[57], replacing Pacific Rim composers Ramin Djawadi, and Tom Morello. Paesano recorded his score at the Synchron Stage in Vienna last fall.[15]

2017

January 2017, John Boyega posted an image of Gipsy Danger from the original film, and media outlets assumed the post was teasing the possible return of Gipsy Danger.[58] Unofficial photos of the redesigned armor worn by John Boyega surfaced initially on Instagram and later circulated across major media outlets.[59] Similar on-set photography of Scott Eastwood in an identical costume were shared in February 2017.[60]

Officially sanctioned behind the scenes photography of John Boyega and Scott Eastwood in Pacific Rim Uprising were uploaded by the actors on their respective Twitter and Instagram accounts February 1st, and 7th, 2017.[61][62][63][64] February 9, 2016, two version of the first teaser poster for Uprising were released by Legendary.[65]

Pacific Rim Uprising reportedly cost an estimated AUD $257 Million to produce. New South Wales Deputy Premiere and Arts Minister Troy Grant stated Uprising was the one of the latest major productions secured by the NSW Government's new $20 Million "Made In NSW Fund" and that the production would inject and estimated $54 Million into the NSW economy, employing roughly 400 local crew.[54]

March 28, 2017, John Boyega announced that principal photography for Pacific Rim Uprising was completed.[66][67][68] At the time, three days of filming were presumably left for production.[69] Filming for Uprising officially wrapped March 31, 2017.[note 4] July 19, 2017, DeKnight announced that a trailer for Uprising was being worked on.[70] June 27, 2017, John Boyega returned to the set to film pick-up shots.[71][72]

August 2017, the release date of Pacific Rim Uprising was moved from February 23, 2018 to March 23, 2018.[18] October 4, 2017, the official synopsis of the film was released, detailing Mako Mori's role in the film[32], followed by exclusive stills released to Entertainment Weekly.[73] November 2017, DeKnight announced that the runtime of Pacific Rim Uprising was approximately two hours.[74] December 2017, the official Pacific Rim tumblr blog revealed the Japanese poster for Uprising featuring Gipsy Avenger.[75] Late December 2017, EMPIRE magazine released new details regarding the new Kaiju featured in Uprising.[76]

2018

January 18, 2018, Total Film magazine released new official stills for the film in a multi-page article.[77] January 19, the third trailer for Uprising was rated PG by the Alberta government ratings system.[78]

January 20, John Boyega announced that the next trailer would arrive "soon".[79] January 22, 2018, one of the first TV Spots began broadcasting on television.[80] January 23, the theatrical poster for the film was released[81], followed by the news that the theatrical trailer would debut online January 24, at 8:00AM Pacific Time.[82] That same day, Music Film Reporter announced that John Paesano had been replaced by Scottish composer, Lorne Balfe, who recently completed his score for the film.[15]

Screenplay

2016

According to a Deadline report, Uprising was being written by Jon Spaihts, better known for his work on Doctor Strange, and The Mummy remake.[3][1][2] May 2016, the script writing responsibilities were given to Jurassic World co-writer, Derek Connolly.[28] The original Hollywood Reporter article cited no details on whether or not the script for the sequel would be rewritten or use developing ideas already established by prior screenwriters.[28]

Later, director and screenwriter, Emily Carmichael, was announced as screenwriter for the film. Carmichael stated she was brought on to the project by current director Steven S. DeKnight, "to help provide banter, warmth and cleverness”. She readily provided the production with ideas about the next generation of Jaegers.[5] Kira Snyder, a writer for The CW series, The 100, was also hired to write for the sequel.[5] November 2016, T.S. Nowlin was reported as an additional screenwriter for Uprising after Snyder and Carmichael.[50] Since the announcement of DeKnight as director in 2016, Uprising has had a total of six screenwriters, with T.S. Nowlin credited as the writer of the film's story.

2017

In an interview with Collider.com, producer Cale Boyter stated that DeKnight took elements from earlier versions of scripts written by del Toro, Zak Penn, and Travis Beacham, and "cherry picked" what he believed were the best parts of each script. Production on Uprising began before a final script was locked.[83]

Both John Boyega and Steven S. DeKnight state that Uprising explores the story of the estranged Jake Pentecost and his lackluster relationship with Mako Mori, the "golden" and "favored child" of Stacker Pentecost, and Jake's struggle to find acceptance within the Jaeger Program following his return.[84] The reorganized Pan Pacific Defense Corps. would operate on a more "global" basis and was no longer represented by any single country and placed more emphasis on the cooperation of everyone around the world.[85]

Boyega described the plot of Uprising as a whodunit, driven by the mystery of a "rogue Jaeger" (Obsidian Fury) and reemergence of the Kaiju.[83] In order to maintain some element of mystery around the story, more character-driven trailers were discarded in favor of being vague.[86] Uprising was designed so that it could be viewed as a stand-alone film" and would not require watching the original Pacific Rim to understand.

Casting

2016

June 6, 2016, Deadline.com reported that John Boyega was cast in the sequel as "Stacker Pentecost's son".[6] In addition, he would act as the co-producer for the film with his company, UpperRoom Productions with partner Femi Oguns.[87]

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, del Toro stated that he could not make confirmative statements about the returning cast members because of his status as producer of the film, but remained certain they would return nonetheless.[88] Later, during Comic Con 2016, in an interview with Yahoo Movies[89], Charlie Hunnam confirmed that he would not return for the sequel because of scheduling conflicts with the film Papillon.[90][91][92]

September 15, 2016, American actress Cailee Spaeny was cast as the sequel's new female lead.[13] At the time of the announcement there was no official word on whether or not Rinko Kikuchi would reprise her role as Mako Mori in the sequel.

Since as early as July 2016, news outlets reported that Scott Eastwod was "in talks" with the production of the sequel for a "key role" in the film.[93][94] The film later appeared on Eastwood's Internet Movie Database profile under the then unconfirmed title, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.[95] DeKnight later confirmed his casting as official, September 26, 2016.[14]

September 13, 2016, DeKnight teased that he included a cast member from Greg McLean's film, The Belko Experiment.[96][97] September 26, 2016, actress Adria Arjona was cast in the sequel.[9][10] September 21, 2016, Variety.com reported that Chinese actress Jing Tian was cast in the sequel.[7][8] September 22, 2016, Variety.com announced actor Levi Meaden had been cast in the sequel as "Ilya", "an irreverent and offbeat cadet".[11][12]

October 11, 2016, Ukrainian actress Ivanna Sakhno was cast in the film[98], followed by Karan Brar, October 18, 2016,.[99] October 26, 2016, South Korean singer and actor Kim Jeong-hoon was cast as Lieutenant Huang[100][101], and would reportedly begin filming in November.[102]

The same day, Japanese actor, Mackenyu Arata was cast as Ryoichi Hatayama.[103][104][105] November 11, 2016, Variety.com reported that Lebanese-American actor Nick Tarabay joined the cast.[106] Chinese actor, Zhang Jin's casting was announced late November 2016.[107] Executive of Beijing Wanda Cultural Industry Group expressed gratitude, saying, "We are very excited that we have such amazing Chinese talent joining us on Pacific Rim our new story has a strong connection to China and this great Chinese cast will help us bring it to life.”[107]

2017

January 9, 2017, /Film.com reported that Pacific Rim stars Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman were to reprise their roles from the original film.[108] It was initially reported that New Zealand actor Karl Urban had also been cast, based on a photograph of a call sheet posted on cinematographer Dan Mindel's Instagram that has since been deleted from the account. However, Urban officially denied involvement with the film.[108][109]

March 6, 2017, it was reported that Australian actor Dustin Clare was cast.[110] May 25, 2017, During an panel at Motor City Comic Con, Ron Perlman confirmed that he would not reprise his role as Hannibal Chau.[111][112] In an interview with Steven S. DeKnight, the director claimed Perlman was unable to return because of "scheduling conflicts".[113] However, Perlman tweeted that scheduling was not the issue, but that he was not interested in making a cameo appearance.[114][note 5]

Marketing

May 25, 2017, License Global announced a major merchandising deal with several companies to coincide with the release of Uprising in February 2018.[115][116] According to the press release, the licensing deal for a variety of products, includes clothing, novelizations, board games, detective items and action figures. The first products are set to ship in February 2018.

Books

Insight Editions was hired to produce a production artbook covering the making of the film and a junior novelization, and Titan Books were hired to publish the Official Jaeger Handbook.[116] October 2017, Legendary Comics announced that a six-issue miniseries would be released January 2018.[117] Additionally, Legendary Comics partnered with webtoons.com (a webcomic site) to release Pacific Rim: Amara, a ten-issue series which ran from March 9, 2018 to April 20, 2018.[118][119]

Action Figures

February 16, 2017, NECA stated that they would not be producing action figures for Pacific Rim Uprising.[120][121] February 17, 2017, Tamashii Nations announced on their official twitter account that they would be responsible for the production of action figures for the sequel.[122]

According to License Global, Bandai was contracted to release "highly articulated figures, die-cast and resin robot action figure sets, die-cast figurines and plastic model kits, all of which will represent characters from the Pacific Rim universe, including various Mechs and Kaiju."[115] Diamond Select Toys[123] and Tri-Force would additionally produce figures and scale replicas among other specialty items.[116]

April 30, 2017, blueprints for the Gipsy Avenger action figure was showcased at the Tamashii Nations event in New York City, alongside a new Gipsy Danger action figure, Soul of Chogokin Gipsy Danger.[124][125] The official unveiling of the Gipsy Avenger action figure was later off, June 7, 2017, at 10th Anniversary Expo in Shanghai, China.[126][127] Adam Newman of Tamashii Nations stated that die-cast, gunpla, and chogokin type figures would be released for the Uprising figure line.[128] The Tamashii Nations World Tour, where the Gipsy Avenger action figure is being displayed toured across ten cities in early July 2017.[129] During the 2017 Japan Expo, blueprints for the Jaegers Saber Athena and Bracer Phoenix were revealed.[130][131]

Comic-Con 2017

June 24, 2017, DeKnight stated that he was uncertain that Pacific Rim Uprising would be promoted at the 2017 Comic-Con convention in San Diego.[132] July 10, 2017, DeKnight later stated that there would be no footage shown at Comic-Con.[133]

July 19, 2017, DeKnight reported that he would be present at Comic-Con at the Tamashii Nations booth to promote the upcoming action figure line for Uprising. July 20, 2017, the previously unveiled Gipsy Avenger, Bracer Phoenix and Saber Athena action figures were showcased alongside Guardian Bravo, and Titan Redeemer.[134] That same day, an official display for the film's redesigned Drivesuits was set up at Comic-Con 2017 for public viewing.[135]

Viral Marketing

The viral marketing campaign for Uprising was unveiled July 20, 2017 at the San Diego Comic-Con.[136] gojaeger.com was promoted with a teaser trailer narrated by Ellen McLain (who was used in the promotion of the original Pacific Rim and the subsequent film), and featured music from Crackdown 3, composed by Chris Classic[137], with an appearance by John Boyega as Jake Pentecost.[134] gojaeger.com features a brief timeline of events regarding events that took place during Pacific Rim, blueprints for all five Jaegers revealed thus far, and the ability to "sign up" for the Pan Pacific Defense Corps.[136][138]

November 2017, Legendary announced the "Jaeger Academy" contest, wherein fans of Pacific Rim Uprising could win the chance to appear briefly in the film as a member of the Jaeger Academy. Participants were required to sign up using their Facebook accounts, which would allow them to create a fake profile akin to the ones created to promote the panpacificdefense.com website for the original Pacific Rim.[139]

New York Comic-Con 2017

September 26, 2017, John Boyega uploaded a teaser poster featuring Jake Pentecost and Gipsy Avenger to promote the upcoming convention event.[140] Several variant posters, also featuring Scott Eastwood as Nate Lambert, were later uploaded to poster website impawards.com.[141]

The international official trailer for Uprising debuted October 6, 2017 at noon with a discussion panel featuring the cast and crew of the film.[142] In addition to the discussion panel, toy manufacture, Tamashii Nations showcased their "Robot Spirits" and "Soul of Chogokin" figure series alongside a plastic model set.[143] Diamond Select Toys also showcased their toyline for the film alongside a unpainted Kaiju model pending approval.[144]

Video Games

Main article: Pacific Rim: Breach Wars

Kung Fu Factory's Pacific Rim: Breach Wars was released March 23, 2018 for Apple iTunes and Google Play.[145] Advertised as an action-puzzle Game, Pacific Rim: Breach Wars features a heavy "pay-to-win" gameplay system that requires the player to purchase their way to victory.

Home Video

Main article: Pacific Rim Uprising (DVD)

The home video and digital media release of Pacific Rim Uprising was announced May 2018. The film was later released digitally on June 5, and on 4K Ultra HD, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on June 19, 2018 by Universal Home Video.[146]

Sequel

During the 2017 New York Comic-Con, director Steven S. DeKnight expressed an interest in building a "cinematic universe" following the release of Pacific Rim Uprising, if the film was successful.[147][148] April 2018, following the film's late March debut, the Wanda Group expressed that there were no current plans to greenlight a third Pacific Rim film.[149][note 6]

Animated series

Main article: Pacific Rim: The Black

November 2018, Legendary Pictures announced their partnership with Netflix, and their intention to produce an animated series as part of an international deal with Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and South Korea.[150][151] Pacific Rim: The Black follows the story of two siblings who discover an abandoned Jaeger in Australia, where Kaiju have taken over the continent. The series, originally intended for a 2020 release, released March 4, 20201.[152]

Critical Reception

Pacific Rim Uprising was met with mixed to average reviews following its release, standing at a 45 (based on 45 critical reviews) and 43% (203 reviews, with a average rating of 5/10) approval rating on review aggregate websites such as Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes at the time of release.[153][154] Other aggregates such as CinemaScore graded Uprising with a "B" rating, a rating down from the "A-" the original Pacific Rim received, and PostTrak reported a 76% rating from filmgoers.[155]

Box Office

Pacific Rim Uprising grossed a combined $59.2 million in North America[156], and would go on to make $230.9 million in foreign territories. It's worldwide gross was $290.1 million. Produced on a reported $150-155 million budget[19][155], at least $140 million was spent on promotion and advertisement. Pacific Rim Uprising According to Deadline.com, Pacific Rim Uprising needed to make $350 million to break even.[155]

In North America, Uprising was released in late March and competed against films such as Sherlock Gnomes, Paul, Apostle of Christ, Midnight Sun, and Unsane. The projected opening weekend gross of the film was between $22-29 million across in 3,703 theaters.[157] Thursday night previews garnered the film $2.35 million, less than Pacific Rim’s $3.5 million and $10.4 million gross on its opening day and previews. Uprising went on to become the first film to "dethrone" Black Panther in the sixth week of its theatrical run, earning $28 million for its debut.[155] Uprising later dropped by 67%, earning $9.2 million in its second week and finished fifth.[158]

Uprising ranked first on its opening weekend on March 22, 2018 in Korea, with 82,486 admissions[159], while the film's opening in China ranked number one with a gross of $21.36 million on its first day[160] and $25.84 million on its second, for a two-day gross of $48.59 million.[161] It went on to have a debut of $65 million in the country, as well as $6.9 million in Korea, $6.8 million in Russia and $4.9 million in Mexico, for an international opening weekend of $122.5 million.[162]

At $289,260,123[20] as a total worldwide gross, Uprising, like Pacific Rim, is not considered a "box office success".[163][164]

Trivia

  • Speculation regarding solo-piloted Jaegers in Uprising circulated following the gojaeger.com trailer. However, DeKnight stated that the two-pilot system would still be used.[165]
  • An November 2016 Instragram post from John Boyega confirmed the early title of the film was "Pacific Rim Malestrom". It was later changed in December 2016 to Pacific Rim Uprising.[55][56]
  • Much of the marketing for Pacific Rim Uprising featured "War Ready" by artist Vince Staples[166], which sampled audio from the Swizz Beatz Remix of Tupac Shakur's "Untouchable".[167]
  • Pacific Rim Uprising cost a reported $150 million to produce according to The New York Times.[19]
  • Double Negative Studios takes up the responsibilities of FX in place of Industrial Light and Magic, who worked on the original Pacific Rim.[168]
  • According to John Boyega, Uprising used very little practical effects compared to Pacific Rim.[83]
  • The script for Uprising was written in the span of three weeks.[83][note 7]
  • A statue of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn appears briefly toward the end of the film.
  • The decision to make most of the cast teenagers was made in the hopes of attracting a "younger" and "broader audience".[83]
  • Michael B. Jordan was originally considered for the role of Jake Pentecost, but was unavailable due to his commitment to Black Panther.[83]

Notes

  1. Screenshot from a February 2017 post that has since been deleted
  2. del Toro: "Met w DeKnight and we are all so happy with our choice to take Pac Rim 2to where we know it can go!! Now Pac Rim is a known property and we can expand big! More news soon! But- as I said a few weeks ago: this is happening and the ideas we have are great!! Buenas noches from Toronto... Dream of Kaijus and Mecha!!"
  3. del Toro: "The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands — Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company. They said, 'We’ve gotta wait nine months' and I said, 'I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,' and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight [for the Pacific Rim sequel]."
  4. The cast and crew of Pacific Rim Uprising on the last day of production (March 31, 2017)
  5. "@perlmutations: Scheduling my ass. I don’t DO cameos! Muthafucka if ya gonna quote my name get it right! Oh, and by the way it’s Ron PERLMAN. No A. Get it right muthafucka!"
  6. "Last week, Legendary released “Pacific Rim Uprising,” its first outing since “Kong: Skull Island.” The sequel to the 2013 original was the sort of film Legendary seemed built to make — a tentpole with Chinese elements, geared to a rapidly converging global market. Yet in the face of Wanda’s pullback, those ambitions feel out of date. The movie met only modest expectations, grossing $28 million in North America in its opening weekend and $122.5 million overseas through March 29. That includes $78 million from China. There are no plans for a third installment."
  7. "Due to production constraints, the final script was put together in about "three weeks," according to DeKnight."

See Also

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  6. 6.0 6.1 ‘Star Wars’ John Boyega Takes Lead In ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel
  7. 7.0 7.1 ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Adds Chinese Actress Jing Tian
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Great Wall Actress Jing Tian Joins Cast For Pacific Rim 2 Film
  9. 9.0 9.1 PACIFIC RIM 2 ENLISTS TRUE DETECTIVE'S ADRIA ARJONA
  10. 10.0 10.1 Pacific Rim 2 casts Adria Arjona
  11. 11.0 11.1 ‘Aftermath’ Star Levi Meaden Joins ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)
  12. 12.0 12.1 AFTERMATH STAR LEVI MEADEN TO FIGHT KAIJU IN PACIFIC RIM 2
  13. 13.0 13.1 Newcomer Cailee Spaeny Lands Female Lead in ‘Pacific Rim 2’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  14. 14.0 14.1 @‏@stevendeknight September 26, 2016
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Lorne Balfe Scoring ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’
  16. WARCRAFT and PACIFIC RIM 2 Pushed to Summer; THE MUMMY Reboot Delayed
  17. Universal Pushes ‘Warcraft’ and ‘Pacific Rim 2′ Back Into Summer Season
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Pacific Rim Uprising' Release Pushed Back One Month
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Seesawing Fate of Legendary Reflects the Film Industry’s Volatility
  20. 20.0 20.1 Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) | The Numbers
  21. “Pacific Rim 2” Will Storm Into Theaters On April 7, 2017
  22. Legendary Pictures Sequel Confirmation
  23. @Legendary - April 23, 2015
  24. Hollywood Gorilla Warfare: It’s Universal vs. Legendary Over ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (and Who Says "Thank You")
  25. PACIFIC RIM 2 PRODUCTION REPORTEDLY DELAYED
  26. 26.0 26.1 Guillermo del Toro in Talks to Direct 'Fantastic Voyage' Remake (Exclusive)
  27. 27.0 27.1 ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Now ‘Off the Table Indefinitely’ at Universal
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 ‘Pacific Rim 2′ Enlists ‘Jurassic World’ Writer
  29. 29.0 29.1 Pacific Rim Sequel Is Coming in 2018
  30. 30.0 30.1 ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Starring John Boyega Gets Release Date
  31. Pacific Rim 2 Release Date Set for 2018
  32. 32.0 32.1 Pacific Rim Uprising's Synopsis Confirms the Return of Mako Mori
  33. Shyrley Rodriguez on “Pacific Rim Uprising”
  34. @caileespaeny, March 3, 2017: "This is Amara"
  35. Rahart Adams Boards 'Pacific Rim' Sequel
  36. @scotteastwood, February 3, 2017 - "Lt. N. Lambert
  37. @RealGDT: Pacific Rim 2 1/2
  38. @RealGDT: Pacific Rim 2 1/2
  39. 39.0 39.1 Guillermo del Toro: 'Pacific Rim Uprising' Is "Different Than What I Developed"
  40. @stevendeknight (August 13, 2016) #1
  41. @stevendeknight (August 13, 2016) #2
  42. Planet Kaiju: Pacific Rim 2 sets in progress
  43. @JohnBoyega (September 13, 2016)
  44. ‘Pacific Rim 2’ To Film In Australia? Director Steven DeKnight Tweets He’s Preparing Things For ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Actor John Boyega Down Under
  45. 45.0 45.1 ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Starts Filming This November; Shooting Locations Revealed
  46. ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Starts Filming This November; Jing Tian Joins The Cast
  47. Pacific Rim 2 To Start Filming In China Next Month - Yahoo Movies
  48. China Film Insider Article
  49. Scoot Eastwood Arrives in Australia
  50. 50.0 50.1 Pacific Rim 2 First Look at John Boyega On Set
  51. Pacific Rim Sequel Title Confirmed as Production Begins
  52. Pacific Rim sequel "Maelstrom" begins filming in Toronto in November
  53. ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel Starts Shooting, and John Boyega Confirms That Title We Already Knew
  54. 54.0 54.1 Daily Mail.co.uk: John Boyega on Set of Pacific Rim Uprising
  55. 55.0 55.1 ‘Godzilla 2’ and ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Get New Titles
  56. 56.0 56.1 Pacific Rim and Godzilla Sequels Have New Titles
  57. Daredevil composer John Paesano signs on to Pacific Rim Uprising
  58. JOHN BOYEGA TEASES THE RETURN OF A FAMILIAR JAEGER IN PACIFIC RIM 2
  59. POTD: ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Set Photo Seems To Reveal John Boyega In A Jaeger Pilot Suit
  60. Pacific Rim 2 First Look at Scott Eastwood as a Jaeger Pilot
  61. John Boyega ‏@JohnBoyega - February 7, 2017
  62. Star Wars’ John Boyega shares new look at Pacific Rim Uprising
  63. Scott Eastwood Posts a Photo From the ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Set
  64. @scotteastwood - February 1, 2017
  65. Pacific Rim 2 Poster Reveals New Jaeger Robots
  66. BOYEGA MARKS END OF PACIFIC RIM UPRISING PRODUCTION WITH NEW PHOTO
  67. ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Wraps, Can It Please Come Out Tomorrow?
  68. John Boyega reveals another Pacific Rim Uprising set photo
  69. Re: Pacific Rim (the big general thread)
  70. First Pacific Rim Uprising trailer expected soon
  71. John Boyega Returns for Pacific Rim 2 Pickup Shoots
  72. @JohnBoyega - June 27, 2017
  73. Pacific Rim Uprising photos offer first look at John Boyega preparing to stomp monsters
  74. Exclusive: ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Runtime Revealed by Director Steven S. DeKnight
  75. International Poster for Pacific Rim Uprising
  76. EMPIRE Magazine: The Kaiju in Pacific Rim Uprising
  77. John Boyega and giant robots take centre stage in these exclusive new Pacific Rim Uprising images
  78. Recently rated trailers, commercials and PSAs
  79. John Boyega @JohnBoyega - January 20, 2018
  80. ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ TV Spot: The Monsters Are Bigger and So Are the Fights
  81. Looks Like There are Lightsabers in 'Pacific Rim Uprising"
  82. Pacific Rim Uprising Exclusive New Poster and Trailer Announcement
  83. 83.0 83.1 83.2 83.3 83.4 83.5 ‘Pacific Rim Uprising': More Than 30 Things To Know About the Monster Sequel
  84. ‘Pacific Rim Uprising': John Boyega on Playing Idris Elba’s Son and His New Jaeger, Gypsy Avenger
  85. Everything We Learned About Pacific Rim Uprising at New York Comic Con (Updated)
  86. John Boyega reveals alternate cuts and other secrets of the 'Pacific Rim Uprising' trailer
  87. John Boyega ‏@JohnBoyega: June 6, 2016: UpperRoom Productions
  88. Guillermo Del Toro Talks 'Pan's Labyrinth' Musical Plans, 'Pacific Rim' 2 Casting, More
  89. Charlie Hunnam Talks 'Pacific Rim'
  90. Why Charlie Hunnam Isn't In Pacific Rim 2
  91. CHARLIE HUNNAM WON'T BE RETURNING FOR PACIFIC RIM 2
  92. Charlie Hunnam Won’t Be Back for ‘Pacific Rim 2’ But A Lot of the Original Cast Will Be
  93. Collider.com | ‘Pacific Rim 2’ May Add Scott Eastwood, But Where Are Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi?
  94. Legendary Eyeing Scott Eastwood For Key Role In ‘Pacific Rim 2’
  95. Scott Eastwood - Internet Movie Database
  96. The Belko Experiment (2016) - Internet Movie Databse
  97. Steven DeKnight Teases a New ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Cast Member
  98. Pacific Rim 2 recruits Ivanna Sakhno
  99. Pacific Rim 2 Casts Karan Brar
  100. Chinese Action Star Zhang Jin Joins 'Pacific Rim 2'
  101. Get a First Look at Pacific Rim Uprising's New Jaegers!
  102. UN’s Kim Jeong Hoon to make his Hollywood debut in “Pacific Rim 2”
  103. @Mackenyu 真剣佑 - October 26, 2016
  104. Mackenyu joins Pacific Rim 2!
  105. Pacific Rim 2 Casts Japanese Actor Mackenyu
  106. ‘Spartacus’ Star Nick Tarabay Joins ‘Pacific Rim 2’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  107. 107.0 107.1 Rim 2’ adds Chinese action star Zhang Jin to its roster
  108. 108.0 108.1 ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Brings Back Rinko Kikuchi & More; Is Karl Urban in the Cast?
  109. Karl Urban @KarlUrban - January 9, 2017
  110. 'Wolf Creek' star Dustin Clare joins newly re-titled 'Pacific Rim Uprising'
  111. Pacific Rim’s Ron Perlman Will Not Return in Sequel
  112. Ron Perlman Will Not Return in Pacific Rim 2
  113. Why Ron Perlman isn't in Pacific Rim Uprising
  114. Ron Perlman @ - March 15, 2018
  115. 115.0 115.1 Pacific Rim Uprising Revs Up Licensing Program
  116. 116.0 116.1 116.2 Loads of Pacific Rim 2 merch announced, including board game
  117. LEGENDARY COMICS JANUARY 2018 SOLICITATIONS
  118. Pacific Rim: Amara | LINE WEBTOON
  119. Launching today – Pacific Rim: Amara
  120. NECA will not be producing Pacific Rim Uprising figures
  121. @NCA_TOYS - February 16, 2017
  122. @TamashiiNations - February 17, 2017
  123. Diamond Select Toys signs license for Pacific Rim Uprising
  124. 'Pacific Rim 2': first look at new Gipsy Avenger in 'Uprising' unveiled
  125. BLOG: Tamashii Nations World Tour "New York City" – Soul of Chogokin Gipsy Danger
  126. Pacific Rim Uprisings – Gipsy Avenger by Tamashii Nations
  127. figsoku.net blog entry (Japanese)
  128. BlueFinbRrands - Adam Newman Interview
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  130. Check Out the New Jaegers You’ll Meet in ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’
  131. Here Are Three New Pacific Rim Uprising Jaegers
  132. PACIFIC RIM UPRISING LIKELY PRESENT AT COMIC-CON
  133. @stevendeknight July 10, 2017
  134. 134.0 134.1 Behold, Pacific Rim Uprising's Glorious New Giant Robots
  135. Pacific Rim Uprising costumes on display at Comic-Con 2017!
  136. 136.0 136.1 Pacific Rim Uprising’s teaser features John Boyega and a bunch of giant mechs
  137. Beast By Chris Classic (Crackdown 3 Trailer Music)
  138. Pacific Rim Uprising Jaegers And First Plot Details Revealed
  139. Pacific Rim Uprising Introducing Jaeger Academy
  140. @JohnBoyega - September 26, 2017
  141. Pacific Rim Uprising Gallery - Impawards.com
  142. Pacific Rim 2 Trailer to Premiere at New York Comic Con #NYCC
  143. Bandai/Tamashii Reveals New Jaeger & Kaiju Figures & Models At NYCC
  144. Pacific Rim Uprising Gipsy Avenger Action Figure
  145. Pacific Rim: Breach Wars Launched Today on Apple iTunes and Google Play App Stores!
  146. Pacific Rim Uprising on Blu-Ray and DVD
  147. An Entire Pacific Rim universe could be on the way
  148. Pacific Rim Uprising director hopes sequel sparks 'bigger' franchise
  149. Dalian Wanda Group Sheds Assets, Mulls Next Steps as Fiscal Woes Mount
  150. 'Pacific Rim' and 'Altered Carbon' Anime Projects Among Netflix's New Slate of Asian Originals
  151. Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon anime shows are coming to Netflix
  152. PACIFIC RIM: THE BLACK — American and Japanese Publicity Art For New Netflix Anime Series
  153. Pacific Rim Uprising - Rotten Tomatoes
  154. Pacific Rim Uprising Reviews - Metacritic
  155. 155.0 155.1 155.2 155.3 Does ‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Break Even At The Global B.O.?
  156. Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) - Box Office Mojo
  157. Box Office Preview: 'Pacific Rim Uprising' Set to Break 'Black Panther's' Five-Week Streak
  158. How Warner Bros. Sold 'Ready Player One' On The Spielberg Spirit & Beat Tracking With $53M+ 4-Day
  159. Pacific Rim Uprising Box office The WebDaily
  160. Daily Box Office > China (03/23/2018)
  161. Daily Box Office > China (03/24/2018)
  162. 'Pacific Rim Uprising' Tops $150M In Global Bow – International Box Office
  163. Pacific Rim Uprising's China Gamble Didn't Pay Off
  164. Pacific Rim Box Office Disaster Shows Why 'Tron 3' Is A Bad Idea
  165. @stevendeknight - July 20, 2017
  166. Why Vince Staples Is Hollywood's Newest (And Unlikeliest) Secret Weapon
  167. Untouchable (Swizz Beatz Remix)
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