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Ever since Pacific Rim opened in theatres in 2013, fans have been itching for a second serving of Guillermo del Toro‘s inventive monster brawl. It has been a long struggle, with numerous script rewrites to get approval from Legendary Pictures to move forward with the sequel, and for a long time it seemed like the project would be stuck in development hell forever. However, Deadline are reporting that we finally have some good news regarding the project, as Daredevil show runner Steven S. DeKnight is set to make his directorial debut with the film.
DeKnight has a long career in television, creating Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and Spartacus: War of the Damned for the Starz network. Last year, he helped write and produce Netflix’s Daredevil, stepping in as show runner after creator Drew Goddard left the project. He has written and directed episodes for Smallville, Dollhouse, and Angel, as well as directing the season finale for Daredevil.
The news that DeKnight will take over the directing chair does create the question of how involved Del Toro will be with the sequel, however his continued commitment to seeing the sequel get made does likely mean he’ll be a highly involved producer. At present, we currently do not have any confirmation whether any of the cast from the original film will return, however the script by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange, Prometheus) does call for the return of the surviving members of the original feature.
It has not confirmed when the film is set to release. Originally Pacific Rim 2 had a scheduled release date of August 4th 2017, however it is unlikely the film will be returned to that date. Rather it seems likely the film won’t see a release until summer of 2018.