‘Pacific Rim 2’ Finds Writer in ‘Jurassic World’ Scribe Derek Connolly

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Derek Connolly has been tapped to write the next installment in the “Pacific Rim” franchise for Legendary.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will direct. Jon Spaihts penned a previous draft.

“Pacific Rim” starred Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Robert Kazinsky. It’s currently unclear whether the actors will 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 carried 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 China with $114 million.

Connolly is currently penning the sequel to “Jurassic World” and is also writing “Star Wars: Episode IX.” He also penned a draft of “Kong: Skull Island” for Legendary.

He is repped by Verve. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. VINNY says:

    This guy is a horrible writer. Jurassic World’s script and dialogue was awful.

  2. Jim says:

    This movie will be a dud anyway….but it’s a shame this guy is working on writing Star Wars: Episode IX though. Jurassic World was very poorly written.

  3. Don't Mind Me Now says:

    Gee, I wonder how many direct insults toward fans of the first Pacific Rim Connolly will insert into the script? His specialty seems to be jumping on board franchises and using them to LITERALLY mock the fans of previous installments. Shame that there’s no book that the first Pacific Rim was based off of that Connolly could steal scenes from to make people think he’s clever, like there was with that other thing he did.

    “Statistics show that people are just bored with giant robots these days. So we made a big kaiju-Jaeger hybrid that will surely get public support behind the Jaeger program! Because the public is just a bunch of sheep, and making cool things for the sake of making cool things will make people buy lots of tickets I MEAN fund our robot program! GET IT? IT’S A META-COMMENTARY ON HOW STUPID OUR AUDIENCE IS!!!! I’M SO CLEVER!!!!”

    • Jim says:

      The writing for Jurassic World was awful….no doubt about that. But that comment in Jurassic World was directly dead on, unfortunately. The movie had bad writing, cheesy dialogue, mediocre acting and just retreaded stuff from past movies but somehow ended up in the top 5 all-time at the box office. If people are stupid enough to flock to the next one, then we’ll know just how dumb today’s audience is.

      • Don't Mind Me Now says:

        I’m not against the concept of a well-made retread of older material, even within a film of the same franchise. I wholeheartedly enjoyed a film that came out later that year that used the basic concept of an earlier film as a backdrop to establish some strong new characters and story arcs. “Jurassic World” completely botched its attempt to retread Jurassic Park. They had a great concept to work with – “What if Jurassic Park worked?” – and abandoned it to make a sub-standard monster mash, using the “we’re so meta!” conceit as their justification. It reminded me of Joss Whedon’s “excuse” for “Alien: Resurrection” – “it was supposed to be a parody!” There is a reason why “Young Frankenstein” is not an actual movie in the Frankenstein series, and why “Robin Hood: Men In Tights” is not a sequel to “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” You do not make your parody/deconstruction of the franchise and call it a sequel. “Jurassic World” would have been a bad joke if it wasn’t part of the “Jurassic Park” franchise, but because it IS a sequel to the original film, it becomes downright insulting. It’s teasing viewers with a cool idea for a continuation and then calling us stupid straight to our faces. If a writer tells us that we suck for wanting to see more of something we liked, with no sense of irony, then they should not be the ones to make a continuation of the thing they’re mocking.

  4. Jack Monte says:

    Wow. So the awful writer from Jurassic World is putting his brown finger in a lot of projects to not look forward to. How is he going to do a sequel to a film that isn’t that old or iconic to steal pieces from? Daredevil is garbage just to throw that out there whenever relevant. Tied with Dark Knight Rises for worse action scenes. Bad dialogue and theater acting.

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