Steven S. DeKnight Pacific Rim 2
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Legendary Pictures is moving ahead with “Pacific Rim 2,” tapping “Spartacus” creator and Marvel’s “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight to direct the sequel.

The project had been placed on hold in September, when it was taken off the 2017 release schedule. Guillermo del Toro, who directed the original 2013 film, committed in 2014 to making “Pacific Rim 2” and will return as a producer with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent. Jillian Share will executive produce.

“Pacific Rim 2” will be DeKnight’s feature directorial debut. He’s been executive producer and head writer for Marvel’s “Daredevil” for Netflix; created “Spartacus,” which ran between 2010 and 2013 for Starz; and has credits on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Smallville.”

Jon Spaihts, whose credits include “Prometheus,” is writing “Pacific Rim 2.”

“Pacific Rim” 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.”

Legendary was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda on Jan. 11 for $3.5 billion.

DeKnight and Spaihts are repped by CAA and Spaihts is managed by Circle of Confusion. News of DeKnight coming on to “Pacific Rim 2” was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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