In a new interview published on Collider.com today, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro divulged some information about the planned animated series connected to the film. The cartoon and new comics following up on the prequel comic Pacific Rim: Year Zero were first announced in late June at the same time as the upcoming film sequel Pacific Rim 2.
The interview with del Toro features lengthy comments about what he wants to feature in the animated series, his ambitions for making it “sort of in the same spirit of Pacific Rim”, and some new details about the nature of the show’s storyline. Del Toro envisions the Pacific Rim animation as a story that will mostly star new and younger characters and bridge the gap between the first movie and Pacific Rim 2, relying on serialized storytelling and a “a long arc” rather than episodic “weekly adventures”. An initial run of 13 episodes is planned.
Recruitment for writing staff and showrunners for the project is underway, while Legendary Pictures is exploring possibilities for a television broadcast deal. In regard to the showrunners, del Toro speaks of talking to “a couple” with “a strong animation background.” As for the animation for this project, Mr. del Toro divulged that “We are right now in the middle of talking and negotiating with a few Japanese companies for the animation.”