Back in September 2015, THR reported that production on the film was halted indefinitely due to conflicts between Legendary and Universal Pictures.
The word “indefinitely” indicates that the film will arrive much later than expected or worse, getting cancelled entirely.
However, del Toro certainly didn’t think that it would get cancelled at all. A day after the report about the possible cancellation of “Pacific Rim 2” surfaced online, he told IGN that the sequel was not cancelled and was simply “moved further”.
I’M GONNA DO A LITTLE MOVIE IN BETWEEN, IF (THE STUDIO) DEEM(S) TO APPROVE IT. BUT IN THE MEANTIME WE’RE TURNING IN A BUDGET AND A SCRIPT IN 3 WEEKS (ON “PACIFIC RIM 2”). SO IT’S STILL ACTIVE. I STILL HAVE MY PRODUCER WORKING ON THE BUDGET AND I STILL HAVE THE WRITER WORKING ON THE SCRIPT.
He also told ScreenCrush, “I don’t think it will be my next movie, though. It was postponed.”
Just when we thought that everything was going well, sources recently told The Hollywood Reporter that the project is “off the table indefinitely”.
The “cancellation” eventually leaves del Toro with a long list of new projects to choose from, with THR further revealing that he is in talks to direct James Cameron’s “Fantastic Voyage” remake. Both del Toro and Cameron once tried to develop “At the Mountains of Madness”, but the project didn’t work out. Thus, the remake would not only reunite him with Cameron but also reteams him with David Goyer, the scribe for his vampire action movie “Blade 2”.
As for “Pacific Rim 2”, del Toro is apparently not giving up on it yet.
Pac Rim 2 cancelled? Don't believe everything you read. It's still going and I'll remain w it in one way or another!
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 11, 2016
The “Crimson Peak” helmer took to Twitter to clarify that the sequel was not cancelled. There’s a solid reason to believe that the film is still very much alive as well.
It was recently announced that China’s Dalian Wanda Group has bought Legendary for about USD3.5 billion. As the first “Pacific Rim” did exceptionally well in China, the sequel is most likely going to happen as it would receive far more financial support from Wanda.
So, what do you think? Would you like to see the “Pacific Rim” sequel? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.