‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel Delayed Indefinitely

Pacific Rim 2 Release Date
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Legendary Pictures is putting its “Pacific Rim” sequel on an indefinite hold.

Guillermo del Toro committed in June, 2014, to making a sequel to “Pacific Rim” with Universal scheduling the release for April 7, 2017. In April, the studio then decided to move the release date back to Aug. 4, 2017.

Del Toro was planning to start shooting in November, but Legendary has decided to put the project on the back burner for now. It had no comment on Wednesday, when news of the delay emerged.

Universal also had no comment Wednesday, but had not changed the Aug. 4, 2017, release date for the sequel.

When del Toro announced the sequel last year, Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni had been tapped to again produce alongside del Toro, Mary Parent and Callum Greene.

“Pacific Rim” was directed by del Toro and starred Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Robert Kazinsky. It’s never been clear whether the actors would reprise their roles in the sequel.

“Pacific Rim” was set in the 2020s with the Earth using giant “Jaegers” piloted by humans to battle Kaijus — monsters from an interdimensional portal on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

The film, which had a price tag of $190 million, was released in 2013 through Warner Bros. and took in only $101 million in the United States. It performed decently at the international box office with $310 million, led by $114 million in China.

Legendary concluded its agreement to co-produce and co-finance films with Warners in 2013 and began a similar pact with Universal, under which the company shares production costs on projects including “Jurassic World,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Crimson Peak” and “Steve Jobs.”

News that the “Pacific Rim” sequel had been put on hold was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Fern says:

    Pacific Rim sucked ass, so no loss here.

  2. ms. mori says:

    ‘Universal also had no comment Wednesday, but had not changed the Aug. 4, 2014 release date for the sequel.’
    2014 should be 2017.

  3. I Like Good Sci-fi says:

    Good call by Legendary. The first PR was kinda dopey and unsatisfying.

  4. Enz says:

    People are just going to forget about this movie and everyone is going to loose interest… if they don’t start I November just forget about it! Better off!

  5. Well, I’m bummed. I honestly really enjoyed Pacific Rim — sure it was silly, but I thought of it as more a tribute (a love letter to) than derivative, while still incorporating some fun concepts for a relatively original world. I hope they put it back on soon. I’ve bought a crapton of merch. Also, I wonder what this means for the comic and purported anime series (about which we’ve heard nothing).

  6. Al Swearengen says:

    This better mean Hellboy 3 is happening or that Del Toro is back on board Justice League Dark.

  7. Greggan says:

    This is good news. Pacific Rim was derivative, predicable, silly, and marginally profitable at best. The world will keep turning without a sequel.

  8. 85wzen says:

    This is a good idea at Legendary, del toro has certainly proved that he is a ‘looker’, that he has some unusual ideas and can put it up on the screen, but as a big box office wunderkind he’s not to be trusted with too much of the kitty. I’d like to keep a ‘guy like this’ a creative type no higher than the 50 million dollar range… he just doesn’t have that ‘peter jackson’ positioning as Director yet!

  9. maribel says:

    Figures. Given the original’s box office, a sequel never seemed to make financial sense.

    • Anonymous says:

      They probably had more time to run the numbers and shape the models based on what’s happening in foreign and ancillary with other titles – DVD assumptions may need to be recalibrated by then. Not a fan of making blockbusters tailored to play in China anyway, let them make their own if they want to restrict the number of U.S. releases. There’s a risk foreign markets may be restrained in the future due to the nationalist / isolationist talk of current U.S. presidential candidates, no matter who winds up taking office.

  10. I feel Del Toro gets little to no respect for the work he’s done. He’s one of the utter champions of males 18-49 and he keeps getting pushed out. Over and over again. Sure, he’s had his share of the spotlight, but despite making technical masterpieces like Pacific Rim and the most original comic book movies of the modern era, his projects are constantly pushed back into oblivion. The only reason I can imagine is to give 2 or 3 more years of VFX progression so the second impresses like the first did – not just more of the same.

    The kinds of films Legendary makes and Del Toro’s abilities are a perfect marriage, I don’t see the problem. Tommy Tull should pull his head out of wherever it is.

  11. exec says:

    Could be because Great Wall’s budget has ballooned $60M over the original $160M budget.

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