ANN interviewed Pacific Rim: The Black showrunner Greg Johnson after the announcement of the second season.
Johnson said he was a fan of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim films, so when he learned there was going to be an anime, he worked with Craig Kyle to create a pitch. “About six months later, ours was the last idea standing and we were asked to pitch it to Netflix, and it all moved forward from there,” he said.
He continued, “We very much appreciated the lineage of material that had influenced the Pacific Rim movies, so we felt comfortable taking our inspiration directly from the films. With anime and Tokusatsu films baked into the concept, we proceeded to create a world with all those ingredients in a way that would not impact any continuity being explored for possible Pacific Rim projects. Cutting off one continent from the rest of the world gave us what we needed.”
He said that both Legendary and Netflix are giving him a lot of freedom with the project and gave this teaser: “We’ll certainly be exploring new and unusual locations in The Black in Season 2, so stay tuned.”
Source: Anime News Network
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