‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel Pushed Back Indefinitely

Guillermo Del Toro

Sorry Kaiju fans, but Pacific Rim 2 probably is not happening anymore. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s write-up on the fallout between Universal and Legendary Pictures, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s science fiction monster-action film is another piece of collateral damage.

The film was previously set for an August 4, 2017 release and Del Toro was looking to shoot it in November this year. But THR says “the project has been halted indefinitely and will be pushed back (if it gets made at all).”

Even though Legendary liked that the original performed exceptionally well in China ($411m worldwide), its poor performance at the domestic box office ($101m), plus the film cost $190m to make, plus Legendary’s partnership with Warner Bros. is no longer a strong one, made a blockbuster sequel look like a pipe dream. Maybe Del Toro should look for financing overseas.

If you somehow missed it last week like myself, “Legendary’s upcoming reboot of King Kong, titled Kong: Skull Island, had moved hands from Universal Studios to Warner Bros. Pictures and with it would set up a confrontation between the great ape and the king of the monsters, Godzilla.”

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And before King Kong and Godzilla come to blows, a Godzilla sequel will be released. Damn, I enjoyed Pacific Rim much more than Godzilla. Besides, Del Toro already penned a script alongside Travis Beacham and Zak Penn, with plans for Pacific Rim 3. The story for the Jaeger vs Kaiju follow-up film picks up a few years after the events of the first film, with more kaiju action, of course ….

Oh well, let’s do Hellboy 3 now, instead!