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Travis Beacham, who wrote the script for Pacific Rim, has created a TV show called Hieroglyph. It takes place in ancient Egypt, and Fox is so interested in the project that it has given it a full series order. Beacham wrote the pilot, and Fox nearly pulled the trigger on it two years ago, but now is evidently the time for the show.  Read More »

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Pacific Rim 2 exists on a hard drive in Hollywood. For some time now, screenwriter Travis Beacham has been writing a sequel to this summer’s Pacific Rim with the knowledge it might never get made. Guillermo del Toro’s film recently squeaked by to $100 million in the United States, but grossed three times that internationally, earning record numbers in China. Those numbers made the sequel a bit more likely but there has yet to be any official movement on it.

In a new interview, del Toro confirms he and Beacham are continuing to write the film with the hope Legendary will give them a green light. Read More »

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It’s still probably too soon to say a sequel to Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim is a sure thing, but the chances for another film grew this week as the film opened big in China. For any big-budget movie, international box-office is increasingly important, and global returns can make or break a film that doesn’t explode at the US box office.

And so with a $9m Wednesday opening in China, the film has an international take that tops $150m, pushing it towards the magic number that could equal a green light for the sequel. Read More »

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News of a new G.I. Joe film, the continuation of Pacific Rim and some crazy riffs on potential follow-ups are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • Jon Chu confirms Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis will be back for G.I. Joe 3.
  • Sandra Bullock doesn’t think there will be a sequel to The Heat.
  • Despite rumors, there are no plans to do a sequel to The Simpsons Movie.
  • Gareth Edwards comes up with a hypothetical idea for a Godzilla sequel.
  • James Wan says he’d love an electric car in Fast and Furious 7.
  • Mel Gibson‘s brother wants to lend his voice to the Mad Max video game.
  • Travis Beacham promises more Pacific Rim, at least in comics.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 gets a greenlight and the whole gang is back.

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I visited the Toronto set of Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim on March 28th 2012. While on set, we toured the art room, watched filming, saw a bunch of the sets, and interviewed Guillermo and some of the cast. You’ll be able to read those transcripts over the next week on the site, but after the jump you can read a writeup of over 80 things I learned on set (3,685 words worth, and this is one really worth reading) alongside a video blog I recorded with Steve from Collider giving our thoughts on what we had seen.

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While Guillermo del Toro will likely get the credit, good or bad, once Pacific Rim comes to theaters, it was Travis Beacham who got him there. It was Beacham who, while walking on the beach, cracked the idea to pit giant robots against giant monsters in what eventually became this summer’s film. Beacham was the one who developed it and got it to Legendary; and only then did del Toro take over and make it his own.

So while the director went off and made a movie for us all to enjoy on July 12, Beacham got to work on expanding the film’s backstory. He’s hard at work on a sequel and also wrote a prequel graphic novel that’s now in stores. Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero is set before the film, explaining what happened the first time the Kaiju attacked Earth, and how the Jaeger program was started. Characters played by Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Clifton Collins Jr. all appear in the novel, expanding on their motivations, fears and personalities. It’s an entertaining read that can only make Pacific Rim better.

We spoke to Beacham about the book, specifically how several of its smaller details might wind up playing out on screen once Pacific Rim hits theaters. He also touched upon how the director influenced it, how far along Pacific Rim 2 is, some hints at what we might see there and how the film features his favorite scene Guillermo del Toro has ever done. Read More »

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The concept of Pacific Rim seems like the simplest thing ever. Humans pilot giant robots to battle giant alien monsters. However, Warner Bros. is dead set on letting audiences know there’s much more to it than that. In the latest trailer for the Guillermo del Toro sci-fi action film, the focus is squarely on the history and mythology created for the film. (With plenty of new shots of massive destruction and fighting along the way.) Read More »

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AMC is already a favorite TV destination thanks to shows such as Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Men, and now the channel is getting an intriguing new project that has the potential to draw more of a genre audience. Ballistic City is a “futuristic drama” directed and exec produced by Oblivion and Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski and written and exec produced by Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham.

The show is being called “Blade Runner meets Battlestar Galactica” and takes place in the criminal population of a ship cruising through deep space. Read More »

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