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‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel Delayed Indefinitely

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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