Ever since Godzilla was released in 1954, the influence it has had on the SFX/Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre has been massive. With the recent resurgence in giant monster films, due in large part to the success of and inspiration from Godzilla 2014, I decided to cover the sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim titled “Pacific Rim Uprising”. The original film was Guillermo Del Toro’s homage to not only Godzilla but among other things, the Tokusatusu genre. So we are looking to talk to the people behind the latest film, asking them how Godzilla inspired them and details on the upcoming movie. This is our Pacific Rim Uprising press coverage, with exclusive interviews.

Pacific Rim Uprising takes the world from the first film and expands on it and it’s quite entertaining. It’s a huge task for DeKnight to be basically given this world by Del Toro and be told “make it yours” and for the most part, he does a great job. The writing was done in a very short amount of time and I’d love to see DeKnight come back and make part 3 with more writing time allowed. The film runs at a brisk pace and visually it’s awesome. There are a few parts of the film that I felt needed tweaking and I do wish the end battle was a little more full but those are just tiny nitpicks to a very entertaining movie. Given the fact that this article goes up before the film’s release, I feel that going into the film with the freshest mind possible is the way to go. I feel confident in saying that many will leave the film feeling quite satisfied!

These exclusive interviews with Steven DeKnight, Burn Gorman, and Cailee Spaeny which are presented here were recorded on Monday, March 5th at the Universal Studios lot in Los Angeles, California. Be warned, slight spoilers. I’ve also included photos from the press screening on March 1st along with shots of the press area with suits from the movie and the common area where in between interviews, members of the press can work on their articles while grabbing a bite to eat.

Interview: Steven S. DeKnight

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Steven S. DeKnight interview


Interview: Burn Gorman

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Burn Gorman interview


Interview: Cailee Spaeny

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Cailee Spaeny interview

***I had to do a little bit of EQ work on the interviews and in the interview with Steven DeKnight, there’s some air conditioner noise going on. It’s noticeable but doesn’t detract. The figure pictured in each interviewee’s photo is of the kaiju Raijin, which can be purchased here.***

These photos are from the March 1st press screening.


Additionally, the photos below are from the March 5th junket in Los Angeles, California.

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