It has been a rough time for Pacific Rim 2 thanks to multiple delays in production. Soon after, the movie was taken out of Universal Studios' release window. Now after all those rumors about cancellation and more delays, there has been a huge announcement on who's going to be directing the sequel. Guillermo del Toro won't be directing the next installment, but it will instead be helmed by Spartacus and Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight.
Filming was to start late last year, but it was delayed and and was taken out of the Universal schedule completely. One of the reasons for delaying the film was due to del Toro committing to other films such as Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Fantastic Voyage. With del Toro having a busy schedule, a new director had to fill in.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DeKnight will direct from a script by Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote the film Prometheus directed by Ridley Scott and is the screenwriter for Marvel's Doctor Strange coming out this fall. This will be DeKnight's directorial debut. DeKnight is most known for creating the fantastic series Spartacus for Starz. He only served as showrunner as well as head writer for Netflix's Daredevil which was praised by critics. Del Toro will remain as producer with Legendary Pictures’ Senior VP of Production Jillian Share serving as executive producer.
Having a different director may make things more interesting down the road. . Now that we know who will be directing the film, it just remains to be seen when it will start production. Legendary Pictures was recently acquired by China's Wanda Group and this could be one reason for the production holdup. But it's also good news because the first Pacific Rim was more successful internationally than at the domestic box office. DeKnight being hired as director is the start of more news to come for Pacific Rim 2,and we'll just have to wait and see.
As of now, Pacific Rim 2 is in pre-production. A release date has not been announced.