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Del Toro: Pacific Rim 2 not sequel

Guillermo del Toro has revealed Pacific Rim 2 will be a standalone story, not a direct sequel of the first movie.

The director is working on a script for the sci-fi action film - set in the future when specialist pilots played by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi, power giant robots to battle monsters who have taken over the world - with Marvel writer Zak Penn and Travis Beacham who worked on the original.

Guillermo told the Wall Street Journal: "I don't want to spoil it, but I think at the end of the second movie, people will find out that the two movies stand on their own. They're very different from each other, although hopefully bringing the same joyful giant spectacle. But the tenor of the two movies will be quite different."

The director explained he and his co-writers have been developing the back story they created for the first film, and want to explain more about how the pilots are neurologically linked to their robots, in a system known as "the Drift".

He said: " What I can tell you - Zak and I really went in, we started with Travis about a year and a half ago, kicking ideas back and forth. And, admittedly, I said to Zak, let's keep kicking ideas till we find one that really, really turns the first movie on its ear, so to speak.

"It was hard to create a world that did not come from a comic book, that had its own mythology, so we had to sacrifice many aspects to be able to cram everything in the first movie. Namely, for example 'the Drift', which was an interesting concept. [And] this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea."

The Hellboy director also revealed Pacific Rim 2 was still three years away from hitting cinemas.

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