The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has had a rocky road so far. The sequel got announced back in 2014, but later got put on indefinite hold. Then we got word that a script was completed, but the film was still treading water.
One of the biggest challenges to the film’s future may have just been resolved though, and that’s how busy del Toro is with other projects. THR is reporting that he’s stepped aside, and that Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight would be taking over as director for Pacific Rim 2.
I’m of two minds on this. On the one hand, DeKnight taking over directing means that Legendary is still moving forward with the film. That means Pacific Rim 2 has a pretty good chance of still happening. On the other hand, del Toro’s creative voice was crucial to the unique awesomeness that was the first film. And while Guillermo del Toro would still remain on as a producer, it’s nowhere near the same as if he was still directing.
So, I guess I’m skeptically optimistic.