Last year we were given the heartbreaking news that the sequel to the much loved 2013 film Pacific Rim 2 had been shelved and that it may never get made, but in a tweet sent out by The Wrap's Jeff Sneider and confirmed by the original Pacific Rim director himself, the project is moving forward with Daredevil Show-Runner Steven DeKnight at the helm, taking over from Guillermo Del Toro.
I was in the camp that I wasn't too interested in a sequel to Pacific Rim if Del Toro wasn't returning, but I have to say that the choice of DeKnight is an encouraging one. What he and Marvel achieved on Daredevil was incredibly impressive, it added a whole new layer to the Marvel Universe, it was dark, enthralling and thoroughly entertaining, I highly recommend you check out Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix if you haven't already. DeKnight unfortunately is not on Season 2 of Daredevil but I think him moving on to something as ridiculous and expensive as Pacific Rim is an interesting move. Following on from Sneider's breaking news tweet, original Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro had this to say about the project:
As of yet, no one knows what happened behind the scenes to have this switch around with Del Toro moving from director to producer, presumably it has to do with budget. We know Del Toro likes to go bigger with his sequels and Pacific Rim isn't yet a fully bankable franchise domestically, it killed overseas and did wind up making some money but if the sequel was to have a larger budget then that becomes more of a risk. Pacific Rim had a budget of $190 Million and did only gross $101 Million in the U.S, it was the international markets that saved the film from becoming a box office bomb.
At the time of the initial Pacific Rim 2 announcement back in 2014, the film was scheduled for a 2017 release but now that is almost impossible. Whilst no official date has been given as of yet, expect a 2018/2019 release for the film.
I have faith that DeKnight will bring a whole new perspective and flavor to the world of Pacific Rim which will lend itself to the larger universe that Del Toro and the studio want to create. But what do you think? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @JamesPorter97