Pacific Rim has not been the most talked about franchise since it’s 2018 sequel Pacific Rim: Uprising opened to mixed reviews. And considering its global haul of $290.5 million meant it failed to breakeven, it has very low prospects of a live-action threequel anytime soon.
However, Netflix is bringing the iconic sci-fi franchise back from the dead. The streaming service will launch its own anime series set within the Pacific Rim universe, and the show is scheduled to arrive on our screen on March 4th, 2021.
Pacific Rim: The Black will presumably take place some time after the two live-action films. The giant Kaiju have apparently returned and are causing chaos in Australia (as if that place didn’t already have enough strange creatures).
This series will shine the spotlight on an idealistic teenage boy and his naïve younger sister as they find and pilot an abandoned Jaeger. It may just be their only hope to reunite with their parents.
In the brief teaser, we see scenes of utter destruction that clearly conveys the promise of a dark and harrowing tale that fans will be sure to appreciate.
Pacific Rim: The Black already has a two season order from Netflix, and it’s one of the streamer’s most expensive original anime projects to date. Veteran Marvel Comics writer Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) will be co-showrunner along with Marvel Animation writer Greg Johnson (X-Men: Evolution). Animation will be produced by Polygon Pictures with Legendary developing the anime series for Netflix.
“There was a time when Kaiju rose from the Pacific Rim only to encounter gigantic robots, Jaegers, built to fight them back. That time has passed. Now, Australia has been overrun by Kaiju, forcing the evacuation of an entire continent. Left behind, teenage siblings Taylor and Hayley embark on a desperate search for their missing parents, teaching themselves to pilot a battered, long-abandoned Jaeger to help in their quest and give them even the slightest hope of surviving.“