Pacific Rim opened to mixed reviews and even more mixed box office back in 2013, barely scraping past $100 million at the domestic box office while finding far more success abroad. Those who love it really love it and those who hate it really hate it. I’m personally quite fond of the big, silly world director Guillermo del Toro crafted – even when the movie doesn’t quite work, this is a universe so full of concepts that deserve to be expanded upon and infinite possibilities for future stories. Even though del Toro is stepping away from the sequel and letting Steven S. DeKnight take the directorial reins, Pacific Rim 2 remains an intriguing prospect.
And it just got even more intriguing, because John Boyega has joined the cast as the son of Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost. You know, the best character from the original film. The man with the instantly quotable speech about “canceling the apocalypse.”
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Now that Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight is on board to direct a sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 gigantic monsters vs. huge mechs film Pacific Rim, Universal Pictures and Legendary have finally found a screenwriter to write it. Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly has been hired to pen Pacific Rim 2, which is currently going under the working title Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. Learn more about the Pacific Rim 2 screenwriter after the jump.
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After facing some uncertainty over the past eight months, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have Pacific Rim 2 making some progress towards becoming a reality with Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight stepping up as director instead of Guillermo del Toro. That gives fans something to look forward to, but we’re not going to get too excited until the sequel is actually in front of cameras.
In the meantime, one fan has decided to help hold us over with an opening credits sequence for a Pacific Rim anime. Sadly, it’s not a real Pacific Rim anime series that we’ll get to watch, but it does make me think that we need one immediately. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
The past couple of years have been a real roller coaster ride for Pacific Rim fans. The film’s limp U.S. box office dimmed hopes of a sequel, before a strong overseas performance got Universal interested again. A release date was set and everything seemed on track for more jaeger vs. kaiju fights… and then Universal got cold feet and put the whole thing on hold. Through it all, Guillermo del Toro insisted Pacific Rim 2 was not dead, and now it looks like his optimism is finally panning out.
Legendary Pictures has hired Spartacus creator and Daredevil season 1 Steven S. DeKnight to helm the sci-fi action sequel, while del Toro will remain on board as a producer. Universal Pictures is still set to distribute.
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Even though hope for Pacific Rim 2 was thought to be lost, back in January we learned that the film isn’t exactly dead yet, and Guillermo del Toro may still yet get around to the next phase of the fight between humanity and the massive inter-dimensional monsters known as kaiju. And while waiting for the sequel, one fan decided to spend his time building a Jaeger of his own, in LEGO form. No, it’s not big enough to take down any kaiju, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
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Fans of Pacific Rim are currently waiting patiently to hear what will happen with the development of Pacific Rim 2 and Universal Pictures. The film was removed from the studio’s 2017 release schedule, but they have said the project has not been abandoned. Director Guillermo del Toro has turned in the script and budget, and all he can do is wait.
And while you’re waiting to see more kaiju and jaeger action on the big screen, you can check out a revealing featurette that shows how the Pacific Rim visual effects were put together, and just how closely del Toro was involved with their creation in the film. Read More »
Director Guillermo del Toro is a master of blending fantasy with reality. He takes the world of the supernatural and makes it feel all too genuine, sometimes forcing us to question what we call reality. But sometimes, del Toro also uses monsters and myths to show the resilience of mankind in the face of threats greater than ourselves. And in these fantastical stories, he also brings humanity, giving weight to larger than life scenarios.
The result is a relatively small but impressive filmography spanning just nine feature films, full of beautiful visuals, magnificent creatures, rich characters and a penchant for combining unreal terror with the very real threats of tumultuous sociopolitical times. And following the recently released Crimson Peak, we decided to have all of the Guillermo del Toro films ranked. Read More »
This Friday night, Gallery 1988 (West) is presenting In Service of Monsters, a group art show in tribute to the films of Guillermo Del Toro‘s films: Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II. Hellboy, Pan’s Labrinth, Hellboy II, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak. The art show is curated by Chogrin and Gary Deocampo, and will feature work by dozens of artists reinterpreting del Toro’s films in their own unique styles. Hit the jump to see a sample of preview images from the show, and get more information on when, where and how you can attend or buy artwork online.
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There are only a couple weeks left in the blockbuster season, but there are still plenty of big stories to be excited about coming soon. This edition of the Best Stories of the Week includes updates on Minecraft, a sequel to Jurassic World, easter eggs from Ant-Man an uncertain future for the Terminator franchise and confirmation of a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover in the works.
Below you’ll also find new trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the latest James Bond adventure Spectre and the full trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. Check out all this and the rest of the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »