For years now, we've been hearing rumors that there will be a sequel, or maybe even two sequels, to Guillermo del Toro's futuristic science fiction film, Pacific Rim.
Since the original film debuted in 2013, the director has kept the possibility of a sequel on the back burner and ultimately confirmed that it was in development.
Despite del Toro's avid insistence and an initial release date being set by the studio, Pacific Rim 2 had since been halted in September and removed from Universal Pictures' release calendar a few days later.
The studio was quick to state that they were still moving forward with the sequel, but that they were working on ensuring that it is “the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves.” As of last week, however, it sounds like fans of Pacific Rim shouldn't hope to see a sequel anytime soon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, del Toro is now able to choose from a bevy of new projects since Pacific Rim 2 is "off the table indefinitely." Despite being off of Universal's slate at the moment, there's still hope that we'll see Pacific Rim 2 in the future.
Legendary Pictures, the studio that financed the original film, is currently facing the impending acquisition of their majority stake by the Chinese entertainment conglomerate Wanda Group. Given the success of Pacific Rim in China, there might be a chance that we'll see del Toro's follow-up feature in due time.
Update: According to Guillermo del Toro's Twitter page, Pacific Rim 2 will make it to theaters one way or another!
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)