Steven S. DeKnight Selected to Direct Guillermo's Sequel 'Pacific Rim 2'

February 24, 2016
Source: Deadline

Pacific Rim

This is a bit of a surprise considering we thought a sequel was on hold, but good news for those anxiously awaiting the next Pacific Rim movie. Deadline is reporting that Legendary Pictures has found a new director to take on the fantasy sci-fi action sequel Pacific Rim 2, leaving Gullermo del Toro free to work on other projects while the movie is still being made. The production company has hired Steven S. DeKnight to make his feature directing debut after creating the show "Spartacus" and working on other TV shows prior, including recently executive producing and writing for Marvel's "Daredevil" on Netflix. Del Toro confirmed the news on his Twitter, saying he met with DeKnight and they are on the same page as for what to expect.

Here are the tweets from Guillermo del Toro after the news first hit - discussing DeKnight's involvement:

As of 2014, Guillermo seemed excited about the sequel, saying that "we found a way to twist it around", adding that they're "going for very new, very crazy ideas on the second one, which are very different from the first one — but you will get really great spectacle." However, with King Kong vs Godzilla coming down the line, everyone expected Legendary to put Pacific Rim 2 on hold - not to mention Guillermo already has so much on his plate. Glad to hear it's back up and running and here's more good news - the latest draft of the screenplay for this sequel is written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Passengers, Doctor Strange) based on characters created by Travis Beacham and GdT. IMDb still lists the title as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, though that may change, with an expected release in March 2018. We'll be watching for any more updates.

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Excited to see what he could do. Daredevil was awesome.

I'm Batman on Feb 24, 2016


Excited because Pacific rim was meh and Daredevil is awesome. Disappointed because Hellboy 2 was what we all wanted Hellboy 1 to be so I was hoping for the same with PR 2.

Jon Odishaw on Feb 24, 2016


Did you ever watch the Starz SPARTACUS series? It was so over the top amazing and DeKnight was the showrunner for its entire run.

DAVIDPD on Feb 24, 2016


Great news because Pacific rim was Lame like Crimson peak. Del Toro is better as producer and daredevil was awesome!

ari smulders on Feb 24, 2016


I heard that the script or outline that they had involved a hybrid kaiju/jaeger which sounds stupid to me. I hope they have some kind of good idea. I wonder if with the success of Deadpool, they're giving him and Tom Cruise's Mountains of Madness idea more weight.

OfficialJab on Feb 24, 2016


Not bad, probably better this way. GDT needs to focus his craft.

DAVIDPD on Feb 24, 2016


Steven DeKnight you say? By Jupiter's cock!

bumboclot on Feb 24, 2016


Didn't care for the first one. I like a good story with my eye candy.

grimjob on Feb 24, 2016


lol. Its the kind of movie you say that about.

ErrorSapiens on Feb 25, 2016

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