Universal has announced that Pacific Rim: Uprising will have a slightly later release than originally planned.
Just like video games, it’s a bit naive in this day-and age to get your hopes up thinking a giant blockbuster might not encounter a few hiccups along the way. Sadly, the long awaited sequel to Pacific Rim has been slightly delayed.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal dropped the news that the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 high octane, Kaiju brawler is now releasing a month later. Originally planned to release on February 23, the much anticipated sequel will now come out on March 23, 2018.
While no explanation was given, the delay means Uprising will now release amongst other big blockbusters. Titles such as Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time (March 9), Tomb Raider (March 16), Robin Hood: Origins (March 23), and Ready Player One (March 30). While this isn’t detrimental to it’s release, it does mean Pacific Rim 2 might not premier to the numbers it originally had planned to. Tomb Raider will have a solid week to rake in the cash, while Robin Hood: Origins is a mystery, Ready Player One has been building hype for awhile now and could quite possibly beat Pacific Rim 2: Uprising out of the number one spot in the box office.
Another small surprise is the fact that del Toro won’t be directing the sequel. Instead he has enlisted the skills of former Daredevil showrunner Steven DeKnight to helm the sequel. del Toro is still producing it however. The movie will star John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Zhang Jin, Cailee Spaeny, and Jing Tian.
Earlier this year, del Toro discussed why DeKnight is the perfect person to direct Pacific Rim: Uprising.
“It was such a great choice. I mean, I love [DeKnight], love what he does. I think he’s really brilliant,” Del Toro told Indiewire. “He’s making it his own. I’m not breathing over his shoulder saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ He’s doing things differently and I like that.”
“When I produce I try to produce the way I would like to be produced. I say to everyone I produce, ‘If you need me I will be there 100% all the time. If you don’t need me, I’m not there. You show me the cut then we’ll start interacting.'”
del Toro seems confident in DeKnight’s skills as a director, hopefully for the fans he will be right in his decision. A teaser trailer was released during San Diego Comic-Con last month, you can check it out here.
A teaser website has also recently gone live as well.