The original Pacific Rim is a giddy and eye-popping popcorn movie. While director Guillermo del Toro‘s lavish Kaiju movie was noticeably divisive online, it was embraced worldwide and became a modest box-office hit. The Legendary Pictures production earned enough cash in China to produce sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising, which didn’t live up to the charm and personality of the first movie.

Recently, we asked screenwriter and Carnival Row creator Travis Beacham what he initially had in mind for the franchise following the 2012 movie, since the sequel went in a very different direction than what was initially planned. A part of Beacham’s hope was to go to another world, and more specifically, to the other side of the rift where all the ‘lil blue creatures are cooking up Kaijus.

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carnival row comic-con

Carnival Row has had a long road to Amazon. The project is what opened doors for its creator, Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim), who for a long time thought his original fantasy script would never get made. Things heated up when director Guillermo del Toro and Hugh Jackmanwere attached to make it, but for one reason or another, the script got never produced as a movie. But now, years after Beacham wrote the original script for fun in film school, it’s now an epic fantasy series starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevgine.

“The world here, brought to life through the characters we spend time with, is a rich one, and one that will draw viewers in and have them eagerly waiting for the next season,” Vanessa Armstrong wrote in her review for the site. A second season is already in the making, which Beacham told us a little about after he explained some of his rules for world-building.

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Carnival Row Comic-Con

Carnival Row has had a long history, languishing in development purgatory before finding a home as an eight-episode fantasy-noir series premiering on Amazon Prime Video next month.

“I wrote this script in film school 17 years ago,” show creator and executive producer Travis Beacham explained at San Diego Comic-Con’s Carnival Row panel on Friday. “I did it as a feature film and I did it without a mind to ever sell it; it was just a sandbox where I could play. Ironically, it was the script that first sold, and it was the script that started my career…as beloved as it was, it languished for awhile until about four or five years ago when Legendary picked it up and suggested doing it as a TV series. The prospect of that was extremely exciting — in writing the world I had imagined so much backstory, and so much stuff around the corners and around the streets. If I had been writing it for the first time now, I would never had even written it as a film.”

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the curiosity teaser trailer

This July, screenwriter Travis Beacham completed his first full-length feature film. The Killing on Carnival Row and Pacific Rim writer’s latest story is The Curiosity, a fairy tale “featuring mythic creatures, ancient magics, arcane technologies, & wonders yet untold,” according to the film’s blog, which also mentions shapeshifting mermaids. From pre-production to post-production, Beacham shared behind-the-scenes photos, concept art, and even some teasers.

Below, you can watch The Curiosity teaser and check out more materials from the fantasy picture.

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Guillermo del Toro

Director Guillermo del Toro has spent a few years trying to get Killing on Carnival Row made. Written by Pacific Rim scribe Travis Beacham, the dark fantasy tale once had del Toro set to direct and Hugh Jackman attached to star. That iteration of the project fell apart, but over a year ago, the rights reverted to Beacham, and he and del Toro decided to develop the story into an Amazon series with the help of Legendary Pictures. Amazon has ordered the pilot for the show, now titled Carnival Row, in addition to a few other titles.

Below, learn more about the five Amazon pilots.

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Pacific Rim 2 shoot date

Guillermo del Toro will have his latest film, Crimson Peak, in theaters in October, and immediately afterward he’s going to work on Pacific Rim 2. The sequel will shoot in Toronto in November, according to a new report, and that same report also puts forward a title for the film that may be a code name, or could actually be a great Pacific Rim 2 subtitle.  Read More »

Pacific Rim comic book

When news broke that more Pacific Rim was coming, Guillermo del Toro wasn’t kidding around. He’s in pre-production on the movie, Pacific Rim 2, which will be out April 2017. Before that, an animated series will hit the air. But even sooner than both of those, Legendary has announced a Pacific Rim comic book called Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift. It is presented by del Toro and features a story by screenwriter Travis Beacham. Below, see some more images and read more about the Pacific Rim comic book.  Read More »

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro is building a carnival over at Amazon. Many years ago Pacific Rim writer Travis Beacham sold a script called A Killing on Carnival Row, and Guillermo del Toro was soon attached to direct. That film never happened, and other directors such as Tarsem and Neil Jordan flirted with making the movie, which is scripted as a noir-influenced fantasy mystery set in a city that is somewhat like London of centuries past. Now the project has been revived, but as a series for Amazon rather than a feature film. Read More »

Pacific Rim 2 details

Last week it was announced that Legendary Pictures would be teaming with Universal to produce Pacific Rim 2 for an April 7, 2017 release. While that date is nearly three years away, filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is making the rounds talking about The Strain television series adaptation and has revealed some details about the big monster big mech sequel. Learn some of the new Pacific Rim 2 details after the jump.

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‘Pacific Rim 2’ Set for 2017

Pacific Rim 2

It’s official: a Pacific Rim sequel is coming. Pacific Rim 2 has been set for a 2017 release, which Universal will bring to theaters. Additionally Guillermo del Toro says he’s also developing an animated Pacific Rim show that will debut before the film sequel. Read More »