Well, this is an interesting development.
Pacific Rim 2 has been whispered about for a while now, with as many rumours suggesting the project was going ahead as those saying it was a no-go. Pacific Rim director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro had almost confirmed he would be back at the helm for a sequel back in 2014, but various woes eventually led to Universal and Legendary removing it from the schedule. Nevertheless, del Toro remained confident the project would eventually move ahead, and now it is…without him at the helm.
Legendary has signed up Steven S. DeKnight, who recently served as showrunner on the first season of Marvel-Netflix series Daredevil, to direct Pacific Rim 2. Deadline broke the news, reporting that del Toro will remain on board as producer alongside Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent.
DeKnight has quite the experience in television, having brought Daredevil to roaring success, creating Spartacus for Starz and putting in work as director and producer on Smallville, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse and Angel. This will be DeKnight’s feature directorial debut.
Pacific Rim 2‘s current screenplay comes from Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote Prometheus alongside Damon Lindelof and who is on board the writing team rebooting Universal’s monster universe.
The critical reception for Pacific Rim ranged from abysmal to excited praise, and despite the film not quite pulling its weight on the domestic circuit, it managed to earn over $411 million worldwide.
We’ll keep you informed on how this sequel develops now that DeKnight is at the helm.