It may have some detractors, but for the most part, I can easily drift with just about anyone when it comes to agreeing that Pacific Rim may be the finest example of giant robot on even bigger kaiju action that the big screen has seen in recent years. Despite the fact that it became a cult favourite, Pacific Rim didn’t do mega blockbuster numbers at the box office. Well fret not, because a sequel is on the way.
And it will see the return of director Guillermo Del Toro! Universal Pictures has set a release date of April 7, 2017 for the sequel which will be shot in IMAX 3D. Even better, until that sequel arrives, an animated series will also be produced that will expand on the world of Pacific Rim, starting from the zero year of the Kaiju invasion.
This also means that Universal Pictures will be taking over distribution duties from Warner Bros, thanks to the recent Legendary split. It appears that Warner Bros has passed on their first option for a sequel then. Zak “X2” Penn will helm the script, which will have contributions from Pacific Rim 1 screenwriter Travis Beacham.
Right now though, Del Toro is working on his first English language horror, Crimson Peak. Still, a 2017 release date gives him enough room to breathe and helm the film. April should also be a far better month for a release, as Pacific Rim originally came out in a 2013 July where blockbuster fatigue had clearly set in with audiences.
You can’t see it right now, but I have the biggest grin on my face right now. Now where’s my goddamn shoe?
Last Updated: June 27, 2014