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It’s finally happening! Legendary Pictures has officially announced that a sequel to last year’s film, Pacific Rim, is on its way. Pacific Rim 2 has been slotted for April 7, 2017.
The announcement came from a short video, from director Guillermo del Toro, which you can see below:
del Toro announced not just a sequel, but a new comic series, as well as an animated series, are also on the way. So it seems the Legendary is really putting a huge foot forward in the franchise viability of Pacific Rim, and that couldn’t be better news. While the film didn’t fare that well in the United States, the film did huge numbers overseas. This move alone shows just how important the Worldwide Box Office is now, and now just the numbers here in the United States.
It’s great to see Legendary Pictures really standing behind the last film, and it would be great to see if this move could be a potential wakeup call to other studios to give fledgling properties a chance. The confidence Legendary shows is part of what sets them apart from other studios, and plays a big part in the reason why they’re currently one of my favorites in the industry. The genre films they make has been a breath of fresh air over the last few years.
While little is known about the sequel at this time, Legendary and del Toro did offer us this bit of information:
Guillermo del Toro returns to direct Legendary Pictures’ PACIFIC RIM 2, the next chapter of the epic action-adventure he created with 2013’s hit original film. Zak Penn will write the script with del Toro. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni once again produce alongside del Toro, Mary Parent and Callum Greene. Jillian Share will executive produce. Universal Pictures will release the film worldwide in 3D and IMAX 3D.
I really can’t wait to see what Legendary and del Toro have up their sleeves for the next few years with Pacific Rim. The first film was my favorite film of last year, and I eagerly anticipate the sequel.