In a interview with Collider in November 2014, Guillermo del Toro talked about setting the stage for Pacific Rim 2 (2017) in stating: "It's a few years after the first one. It's not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after - what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It's quite a jump."
It was reported in 2016 that Charlie Hunnam would not be returning as Raleigh Becket.
Guillermo del Toro during an interview with Collider in November 2014, stated that Charlie Day's character Dr. Newton Geiszler & Burn Gorman's character Gottlieb are in the sequel with the respective actors (Day & Gorman) reprising their roles from Pacific Rim (2013) for the sequel. Del Toro commented on it, stating: "Yes. It's quite a different movie from the first one in that, but I think that two of our main characters like in the first one are Burn and Charlie. They are really, really - I mean, honestly, they are probably the guys I have the most fun writing along with Hannibal Chau so just from a purely selfish drive, I like writing them. I love writing for Charlie and Burn. I mean, [Burn's] in Crimson Peak (2015) for that reason, because I love working with him."
Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) pushed back the release date from August 4, 2017 to February 23, 2018. It was later pushed back another month to March 23, 2018.
Guillermo del Toro will not direct the sequel, however, he will be producing and writing the story for the movie.
Guillermo del Toro stepped down as a director, in order to direct The Shape of Water (2017) instead, which went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
This will be Steven S. Deknight first Blockbuster movie he's directing, after writing and directing in TV shows.
Warner Bros. Pictures, who produced the 1st film with Legendary Pictures until 2014 will release the film internationally. Universal, who collaborated with Legendary currently will distribute the film domestically.
Bracer Phoenix is just the second Mark-5 Jaeger, the first being Striker Eureka. All of the other Jaegers, (Gipsy Avenger, Saber Athena, Titan Redeemer, Guardian Bravo) are Mark-6's.
Reunites Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010) cast members Steven S. DeKnight, Nick E. Tarabay, Dustin Clare, and Daniel Feuerriegel.
In the official trailer, there is a black and orange Jaeger called Obsidian Fury that appears to be fighting with Gipsy Avenger.
This is the first Pacific Rim feature to be shot in Panavision (anamorphic) 2.39:1, a format favored by DP Dan Mindel.