Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pacific Rim 2 has been "halted indefinitely"

Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim sequel is being caught up in uneasy relations between Legendary and Universal Pictures...

It was last year that it was announced that Legendary was moving its long-standing deal from Warner Bros to Universal. Until that point, Legendary had partnered on a host of major releases with Warner Bros - most notably the Dark Knight trilogy - and had been involved with many of the studio's most recent big hits.

Since the move to Universal, Legendary has so far put two disappointments through the studio: Blackhat and Seventh Son, both of which underperformed (although apparently didn't cost Universal money). The pair have partnered on upcoming releases such as Warcraft as well.

However, Universal looks to be reconsidering its deal, and caught in the crossfire of this is Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim 2.

Work on the film has long begun, although it's not at the shooting stage yet. The plan was to have it in cinemas for the summer of 2017, but Universal has now reportedly opted not to participate in the project. As such, Pacific Rim 2 is hold. Work on the film has been "halted indefinitely" and the movie has been pushed back, with doubts arising over whether it gets made at all.

It harkens back to the time when Guillermo del Toro was set to direct The Hobbit films, invested years of his life, and then dropped out when MGM's financing problems kept delaying the project. That kept del Toro away from directing movies for far too long, and we hope that history doesn't repeat itself.

del Toro's new film, Crimson Peak, is out next month. However, if Pacific Rim 2 doesn't go ahead, he may instead move onto the 'Splash meets Wall-E' film that he's developing at Fox Searchlight. That, or Hellboy III...

More on all of this as we hear it.



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