Pacific Rim may not have been everyone's cup of tea but it picked up many ardent fans, and also earned serious money when it released in China after a surprisingly low box office performance in the States. Ever since then director Guillermo del Toro has been trying to get a sequel into production, with the studios constantly shuffling their feet and a number of potential starts being cancelled at the last minute. Well now it's back, and we can't wait.
In case you don't know, Pacific Rim is about a world which is being invaded by impossibly huge creatures from another dimension, with humanity responding the only way they can - by building equally gigantic bots which can go toe to toe with this monsters. All you need to know about the first film is that a bot beats up a beast by wielding a container ship as a baseball bat. It's delicious stuff.
The sequel is now moving ahead, with the only bad news being that del Toro won't be at the helm. He's moved on to other projects (just as he had to when The Hobbit fizzled) and will be staying on as producer of the new film. In his place at the helm will be Steven S. DeKnight. If you've ever watched TV his name will likely be familiar - he's been involved in everything from Buffy and Angel to Smallville, Dollhouse, Spartacus and most recently headed up the excellent Daredevil season 1 on Netflix.
Pacific Rim 2 will be his first feature but he's directed major episodes of many of these shows in the past so we're confident of his abilities to make CG things fight other CG things. It's a shame to see del Toro go, he brings a unique visual style to his pictures, but it's better than never seeing a Pacific Rim sequel emerge.
There's no release date yet but with a script in place there's a chance we could see this emerge by the end of 2017 or early 2018.