“Pacific Rim: Maelstrom,” the follow-up to Legendary Pictures’ very successful Kaiju versus Jaeger battle movie directed by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has found its new director. It is “Daredevil” TV series writer and producer Steven S. DeKnight.
“Met w DeKnight and we are all so happy with our choice to take Pac Rim 2to where we know it can go!!” Guillermo del Toro announced in a Twitter post via his account @RealGDT. He will now be the producer of the sequel and is also writing the much anticipated sequel’s screenplay.
The sequel to “Pacific Rim” will be Steven S. DeKnight’s first feature debut. He has been involved with a number of popular TV shows in the past like “Angel,” “Smallville,” “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,” and recently, in the critically acclaimed and very popular series “Daredevil.” DeKnight has been involved as both writer, director and producer in all of the TV series.
Announcing his confirmation as director of “Pacific Rim: Maelstrom,” DeKnight took to Twitter. “Tonight we are un-cancelling the apocalypse!” he wrote in his Twitter post.
Deadline notes that the current script for the sequel has been written by Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus,” “Doctor Strange,”) based on the characters created by Travis Beacham and Del Toro. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Del Toro, and Mary Parent will be producing and Jillian Share will be executive producer. Legendary Pictures, which was acquired by China’s Wanda for $3.5 billion, will finance the picture and Universal Pictures will release the movie worldwide in 3D.
The sequel has had multiple delays since it was first greenlit. There were rumours that it was cancelled. Guillermo del Toro insisted that such rumours were false. “Pac Rim 2 cancelled? Don’t believe everything you read. It’s still going and I’ll remain w it in one way or another!” he wrote on Twitter on Jan. 12 this year.
According to Screenrant, the original plan was for Pacific Rim 2 to shoot around November last year with Del Toro directing. Coincidentally, he was involved with “Fantastic Voyage” and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” which prevented production of the sequel from the beginning. Having a new director, someone who has earned plaudits for the wonderful “Daredevil” TV series, will definitely bring a new exciting flavour to the sequel.
The film is currently in pre-production now. Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman will be reprising their respective roles from the original.