Despite not having Guillermo del Toro back behind the camera, fans are staying cautiously optimistic for the somewhat unexpected Pacific Rim: Uprising, a sequel to the big-budget 2013 sci-fi monster film that grossed just over $100 million domestically on a $190 million production budget. What would’ve been a major flop for Warner Bros. ultimately turned into a success thanks to overseas audiences, who helped skyrocket the film to $411 million worldwide.
Earlier today at New York Comic Con, the first trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising debuted to mixed reactions from attendees, many of them pointing out that the lack of del Toro’s involvement in the sequel is evident simply by the look and tone of the footage. While the visionary director is, in fact, serving as a producer this time around, Steven S. DeKnight is in the director’s chair using a script he co-wrote alongside Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin.
“We were born into a world at war,” John Boyega’s Jake Pentecost, the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost from the first Pacific Rim movie, says in the trailer. “Between the monsters that destroyed our cities and the monsters we created to stop them, we thought we had sacrificed enough. But the war we thought we finished is just beginning, and the only thing standing in front of the apocalypse is us.”
Pacific Rim: Uprising also stars Scott Eastwood and Cailee Spaeny and will open in theaters on March 23, 2018.