Ever since Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi blockbuster Pacific Rim has been in the works, there has been promises of a sequel, and mind you this was even before the film hit theaters, but Pacific Rim 2 has been stuck in development since 2014. Originally the sequel was scheduled for a 2017 release date with production said to start in 2015. But Pacific Rim 2 was eventually pushed back by Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures and production was delayed with no confirmation on when they’d start.
Recently, Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil) was named as the sequels director, with del Toro still onboard as a producer. Del Toro, has been holding on to a finished script. Now, development on Pacific Rim 2 has gone back on schedule and Universal/Lengendary have brought in a new screenwriter to help the script for the rewrite phase.
Reports are trickling in that Derek Connolly has been tapped to help rewrite the script for Pacific Rim 2, though it’s unclear whether he will be doing a cover to cover rewrite or just working on developing story ideas/plot established in previous drafts. For those unfamiliar with Connolly’s work, he co-wrote Jurassic World with its director Colin Trevorrow, co-penned Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, and has been working on Jurassic World 2. Previous drafts of the Pacific Rim 2 script were worked on by del Toro, Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange).
If your hoping for Pacific Rim 2 plot details, you’re out of luck. Those are being kept under wraps. Early reports first spun that it would be a prequel, but since then del Toro has since confirmed Pacific Rim 2 will take place a few years after the previous film. It will feature returning characters, gives a more in-depth look at the Kaiju world, and be “very different” from the original. Additionally, the working title for Pacific Rim 2 was Maelstrom – but that aspect could be changing as it moves forward in development.
With the addition of Connolly for Pacific Rim 2, it definitely indicates to the fans that Universal and Legendary are dedicated to moving forward with the sequel – which may have been helped along by Legendary being acquired by China’s Wanda Group earlier this year. Additionally, Connolly seems to be the best candidate suited for such a big-budget blockbuster film and could potentially get the Pacific Rim 2 script to a point where the studio feels confident in officially moving forward with production and setting a release date.
It’s unclear, with all the different faces at the creative helm, how faithful the sequel will be to the spirit of the original film. Del Toro is still involved with Pacific Rim 2, but whether his involvement will allow him to keep elements that allow for a compelling continuation of the story that engages fans and casual moviegoers alike still remains to be seen.