‘Pacific Rim’ sequel ‘Maelstrom’ begins filming in Toronto in November

A scene from 'Pacific Rim.'. Handout

TORONTO — Director Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that he will begin shooting a sequel to Pacific Rim in November.

Cameras will roll in Toronto until well into 2016, mostly at Pinewood Toronto Studios.

Global News has learned the working title for the follow-up is Maelstrom.

Pacific Rim was filmed in Toronto from November 2011 until April 2012 with a budget of nearly $200 million. Released in July 2013, the movie grossed $411 million — mostly from overseas markets.

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The futuristic flick followed pilots controlling huge robots called Jaegers battling Kaiju monsters emerging from a portal at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

At last week’s San Diego Comic Con, where Del Toro was promoting his made-in-Ontario gothic horror flick Crimson Peak (out Oct. 16), the filmmaker said Pacific Rim 2 picks up a few years after the original and focuses on the Kaiju.

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Del Toro once again partnered with Travis Beacham to write the script, this time with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand).

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No casting information has been announced but Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman and Rinko Kikuchi are expecting to reprise their roles.

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The movie is scheduled for release in Aug. 4, 2017.

Del Toro, whose credits include Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, lives part-time in Toronto. In addition to directing Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak in the city, he is executive producer of the Toronto-shot series The Strain and the 2013 made-in-Toronto horror film Mama.

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