Pacific Rim 2 Release Date, Director Confirmed

Bigger monsters and tougher robots are heading our way.

Over the last year and a half, we’ve heard a variety of reports concerning Pacific Rim 2. Some claimed the sequel was being delayed indefinitely. While others said it was completely dead. Well, we’ve got good news: a sequel to the giant-monster-vs-machine blockbuster is pushing ahead with an August 2017 release date.

According to Deadline, Guillermo del Toro will not return as director, as expected. Instead, the movie will be helmed by former Daredevil show runner Steven S. DeKnight. DeKnight will direct from the most current draft of the screenplay, which was written by Jon Spaihts, based on characters created by Travis Beacham and Guillermo del Toro. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Guillermo del Toro and Mary Parent will produce. Jillian Share serve as an executive producer.

No returning cast members from Pacific Rim have been confirmed, but it is believed that Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day will be coming back.

In an interview with Collider back in 2014, Guillermo del Toro revealed some details on what he wants in Pacific Rim 2, and that he’s already planning a Pacific Rim 3 too.

“Some of your favourite characters will come back”, Guillermo said, “some others don’t because we have decided that we’re going to shoot ambiguously and say ‘let’s hope we have three movies’ so more characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one”.

Granted, just because Guillermo del Toro wants to make Pacific Rim 3, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen. But it certainly appears to be in the planning stages, and it’s very much in his thinking.

Who’s excited for Pacific Rim 2? Let us know in the comments section below and and tweet us @MenStuffZA.

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