Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2 has been put on indefinite hold, Universal Pictures has confirmed today. It hasn’t been cancelled (yet), but it won’t be released in 2017 as was originally planned. It could well be that the sequel has been merely been delayed to allow for more time to be spent making the script just right, as they say the delay is to allow the “creative team [to] continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film.” That, and the fact that, in a recent interview with IGN, Del Toro stated:
“It’s not cancelled. I’m gonna do a little movie in between, if [the studio] deem[s] to approve it. But in the meantime we’re turning in a budget and a script in three weeks [on Pacific Rim 2]. So it’s still active. I still have my producer working on the budget and I still have the writer working on the script.”
But it’s likely seen as quite a high risk project for Universal and Legendary Pictures, who are currently working on a sequel to Jurassic World, which took a huge bite out of the global box office (in contrast to more modest takings for the original Pacific Rim, especially when taking its high budget into account).
We’ll keep you up to date with any further news regarding Pacific Rim 2, so be sure to check back soon.