Earlier this month, a rumor surfaced that Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim 2 is delayed, with Warner Bros. pushing the production start from this fall to early 2016. Just a few weeks later, another unconfirmed report claimed the studio may be delaying this sequel indefinitely. Today, Universal Pictures has released an official statement confirming Pacific Rim 2 has been pushed out of its August 4, 2017 release date. But the studio is still moving forward with the project. Take a look at the studio's full statement below.
"Legendary's Pacific Rim 2, originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2017, will be redated at a later time. The filmmakers, Legendary and Universal Pictures are committed to having Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim, which generated more $411 million at the global box office, be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves. To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of Pacific Rim 2 so that the creative team can continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film."
Director Guillermo del Toro himself revealed two weeks ago that the sequel is still happening, since he is turning in the script and a budget within a matter of weeks. He did add, though that he may make another movie between Crimson Peak, which hits theaters October 16, and Pacific Rim 2, which the filmmaker co-wrote alongside Travis Beacham and Jon Spaihts. No returning cast members from Pacific Rim have been confirmed, but it is believed that Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman will be coming back.
It's possible the movie Guillermo del Toro may shoot is a small, independent creature feature he teased back in July 2014. The filmmaker said, at the time, that he hoped to shoot that film in early 2015, but it isn't known if he actually filmed that mystery movie or not. The filmmaker said that he wanted to cast John Hurt and an unspecified actress, who only has one short film and one feature under her belt, for this creature project, which he would film in black and white.
There is speculation that Pacific Rim 2 is being delayed because Warner Bros. is moving forward with Kong: Skull Island (March 10, 2017), Godzilla 2 (June 8, 2018) and Godzilla Vs King Kong, which all feature gigantic monsters. It's possible that the studio doesn't want to confuse the kaiju in Pacific Rim 2 with the rest of these creatures, but we don't know that for sure. While we will have to wait longer for Pacific Rim 2, at least fans can take solace that it hasn't been canceled completely by the studio.