Glass sequel bits

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • M. Night Shyamalan has finished filming Unbreakable sequel Glass
  • Set photos show Samuel L. Jackson‘s Mr. Glass on the set of Glass
  • John Wick 3 is starting production soon-ish
  • Sean Astin weighs-in on that Amazon Lord of the Rings TV series
  • Luc Besson says no to a Valerian TV series
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising introduces us to John Boyega‘s character

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A few weeks ago, the internet heard news of a potential spin-off between the Pacific Rim movies and the “MonsterVerse,” the current home of King Kong and Godzilla. And it made sense. After all, both of these series are spearheaded by Legendary Pictures. Both of them involve giant monsters. Sure, they would somehow have to be massaged into the same world, but they’d find a way.

But you should never count your kaiju before they hatch – this crossover has already been nipped in the bud by Legendary Pictures producer Cale Boyter.

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The movie franchise that started as a love letter to the kaiju monster genre may end up battling some of the OG kaiju in future crossover movies, if Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight gets his wish.

The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s affectionate homage to the mecha anime and monster movie genres that sprung out of Japan, Pacific Rim Uprising also happens to hail from the same studio that is currently spearheading Godzilla and King Kong’s cinematic MonsterVerse, Legendary Pictures. So it would not be too difficult for a crossover between the three properties to take place. Because all we’re really missing from the Godzilla and Kong films are giant robots beating them up.

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Pacific Rim universe

Strap into your jaegers: we may be getting a whole lot more Pacific Rim content if the director of the upcoming sequel has anything to say about it. At New York Comic Con, filmmaker Steven S. DeKnight – who inherited the director’s chair from Guillermo del Toro – referred to the “Pacific Rim franchise,” and in a new interview, he explained the plan to expand this robots vs. kaiju franchise into something comparable to Star Wars and Star Trek.
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Pacific Rim Uprising NYCC Panel

After starring in one of the biggest blockbusters ever, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and headlining one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2018, Pacific Rim Uprising, you’d think John Boyega would be comfortable with idea of being called a sci-fi icon by now. But as evidenced during the latter sci-fi sequel’s panel at New York Comic-Con on Friday, he still remains remarkably humble.

Find out what John Boyega and more had to say during the Pacific Rim Uprising NYCC panel. Read More »

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‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Gets a New Release Date

Pacific Rim Uprising Release Date

It turns out that you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega pilot a giant robot so he can punch monsters in the face. Pacific Rim Uprising, the upcoming sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s incredibly entertaining 2013 science fiction adventure, has been pushed back. But just a little bit. A teensy bit.

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Pacific Rim Uprising teaser

Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 kaiju vs. robots movie Pacific Rim had a reported $190 million budget, but only earned $101 million at the domestic box office. Thankfully for fans of the film, it ended up making $411 million worldwide because international audiences ate it up, and after some intense number-crunching by the studio, a sequel was eventually given the green light.

Now, four years later, the first teaser trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising has arrived, and it features a quick appearance by star John Boyega. Check it out below.
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Pacific Rim Uprising Gipsy Avenger

Back in February, a piece of promotional art for Pacific Rim: Uprising (formerly known as Maelstrom) revealed three new designs for the jaegers we’ll see battling giant monsters in the sci-fi sequel. One of those jaegers appeared to be an upgraded version of Gipsy Danger, the eventual hero robot of the first Pacific Rim, and now that assumption has been confirmed.

Collectible toy company Tamashii Nations will be making some products tied in with Pacific Rim: Uprising, and at an event in New York City this weekend, they revealed the first official look at their toy version of the new jaeger known as Gipsy Avenger. There are even some details on the upgraded weapons that the new jaeger has hidden in its body.

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Charlie Hunnam Pacific Rim 2

Raleigh Becket, the hotshot Jaeger pilot who tends not to play well with others, isn’t returning for next year’s Pacific Rim: Uprising. Long before director Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) started shooting the sequel, Charlie Hunnam was expected to get back in a Jaeger – but the actor eventually parted ways with the project. According to Hunnam, the split was perfectly amicable, thanks to former Legendary Pictures CEO, Thomas Tull.

Below, The Lost City of Z star shares his reasons for opting out of the sequel.

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Guillermo del Toro films ranked

Pacific Rim is a big ‘ol popcorn movie that shines with Guillermo del Toro‘s personality. After establishing a vibrant near-future in which Jaegers and Kaiju clash with glee, del Toro bowed out of directing the sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising. For a while, especially when the project struggled to the green light, del Toro was still onboard to direct, but scheduling issues led to his departure.

The producer is still very much involved in Uprising, but of course, Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) eventually stepped in to direct the sequel. Find out why Guillermo del Toro left Pacific Rim 2 below.

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