Pacific Rim 2 is happening without Guillermo Del Toro

According to Deadline.com, Universal and Legendary has revealed that Pacific Rim 2, supposedly titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, is still going ahead.

Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro was ready to direct the sequel but will now serve as a producer.

Spartacus and Daredevil Season One showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will direct the Pacific Rim sequel from a Jon Spaihts script.

This is a mixed bag of news.

Pacific Rim had a lot of problems but with Guillermo Del Toro at the helm, it was a stupendously epic film of biblical proportions, with action and visual effects that could have left its audience blind with fatigue but somehow left us wanting more. Now that Del Toro has left the director’s chair, we may find ourselves with a very different Pacific Rim.

Having said that, I really like Steven S. DeKnight. Whilst some don’t like DeKnight’s leering and real form of drama and action, I really adore it. I loved the hard hitting nature of Spartacus and the meticulous structure of Daredevil season one. I fully trust DeKnight with the property.

What’s more is the addition of Jon Spaihts to the writing staff. Pacific Rim was vast and grand in its visuals but its dialogue and story was piss poor 95% of the time. And whilst Spaihts has yet to prove himself on the big screen, his is one of the most highly touted screenwriters working today. Insiders lauded and loved his original Prometheus script, he turned in a promising script for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Universal threw money at him for a Van Helsing script, he is writing The Mummy reboot and his Passenger’s script attracted talents like Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. That is a budding resume that some veteran writers would kill to have. Hopefully, Spaihts brings some substance and worth to the world of Pacific Rim, which has largely been portrayed as all action, little talk.

But the best news out of all of this is the fact that we’re getting a sequel. Pacific Rim’s North American gross may not have warranted a sequel but its more than stellar opening in China seems to have pushed it over the edge. I bet the sequel drafts in numerous Chinese stars to fill the gaps and tap that market again.

Whilst Universal and Legendary have green-lit the sequel, it doesn’t have a release date yet.

Written By: Nasim Ali

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