Fans of the sci-fi film Pacific Rim have waited many months to see if a follow-up movie would be given the green light to begin shooting. Some sources said the project was delayed, and fans worried it was being scrapped all together. Well, good news is here! The sequel finally has a director at the helm in Steven S. DeKnight. This will not be DeKnight’s first foray into the sci-fi genre. His previous directing credits include episodes of television shows Daredevil, Dollhouse, Smallville, and Angel. But this will be his first major film to date, and it will be interesting to see how his skills translate over to the big screen. DeKnight took to Twitter late Tuesday evening to confirm the role and to assure fans that he is taking this job seriously.
Guillermo del Toro, who directed the first Pacific Rim movie, will still be involved as a producer of the sequel. He was quick to give DeKnight his stamp of approval on social media. Pacific Rim 2 has been in limbo since last September when del Toro stepped down as director. Del Toro is a director who is notorious at changing projects, and it has been rumored he will direct a Hellboy 3 movie (no date announced), which may be why he didn’t want to take on this particular sequel, or it could be one of the other many projects he is rumored to be working on.
Casting for the Pacific Rim sequel has not been officially announced yet. The first film featured Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuci, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman. DeKnight did hint at a diverse cast for this film. It is rumored that Hunnam and Perlman will return to reprise their roles. It will be interesting to see which actors return, if any, and who is cast in the remaining roles.
No release date has been announced yet for this movie.