Pacific Rim 2 is back with a new director to toy with our emotions
Pacific Rim 2 continues to play with our collective emotions. First it was on, then it was off, then on, then off, etc., etc. It’s tough to be a fan of the property given how much uncertainty there is.
It appears that after a whole lot of weirdness and uncertainty, the sequel is back on, but there’s a significant catch – namely, there’s a new Pacific Rim 2 director.
Deadline is reporting that Spartacus and first season Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will be taking over for Guillermo del Toro, who will remain attached as producer.
At this point, it’s almost like the film is trolling us. The last piece of news was that the film was on indefinite hold, which typically means a film is very dead. Del Toro completed a script and even had a new name (Pacific Rim: Maelstrom), but given the original’s lopsided box office performance that saw it become a flop domestically but a hit internationally, the studio didn’t seem all that interested in a risky big-budget sequel.
There’s no word on when to expect the sequel, and there will probably be plenty of rewrites for the script. There are also unconfirmed reports that Charlie Hunnam won’t be able to return due to scheduling conflicts. Of course, the movie doesn’t have a release date or anything resembling a schedule, so that seems premature.
Those same rumors claim that the reason Hunnam is going to have scheduling conflicts is because he will appear as Green Arrow in Justice League Part 1 and Part 2. Both Hunnam’s and the character’s involvement in those films are just rumors at this point.
It’s a shame that del Toro won’t direct the property he created, but DeKnight has been killing it on television lately. This will be his big screen directorial debut – which is always a huge unknown – but he proved he can work with greenscreens on Spartacus, and he showed he can handle pressure with Daredevil.
DeKnight was tapped at the last minute to be showrunner of Daredevil after Drew Goddard made the epically bad decision to abandon it so he could direct the since cancelled “Sinister Six” film for Sony. His terrible decision was our gain, as DeKnight turned a risky show into one of the best of 2015.
It’s tough being a fan of Pacific Rim. Maybe it will move forward, maybe it won’t, but the confirmation of DeKnight’s involvement seems to indicate that the studio is actively pursuing a sequel. No word on when that might be, but we should hear more soon.