News Pacific Rim 2 Gets Daredevil/Spartacus Showrunner Steven DeKnight as Director
posted on 2016-02-24 00:45 EST
Entertainment news source Deadline reported on Tuesday that Steven S. DeKnight will direct Pacific Rim 2, the planned sequel to Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham's 2013 sci-fi mecha film. The film will be DeKnight's film directorial debut. He has previously served as showrunner and episode director on Netflix's Daredevil series, and was the creator, head writer, executive producer, and episode director on Starz' Spartacus series. He also wrote for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Smallville television series, and directed episodes of Angel and Smallville.
Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, and del Toro are credited as producers, and Jillian share is credited as executive producer for the film. Jon Spaihts wrote the current script attached to the film. Universal Pictures will release the film in 3D worldwide.
Creator del Toro posted on his official Twitter account, saying that he had met with DeKnight, and that "we are all so happy with our choice to take Pac Rim 2to [sic] where we know it can go!!" He further stated that there will be more news on the film soon.
He previously posted on his Twitter account last month that production on the sequel to his Pacific Rim film is "still going," and that he will "remain w [sic] it in one way or another!" He had submitted the script and budget for the film last November.
Universal removed the film from its release schedule, but insisted with Legendary Entertainment last September that they remain committed to making the film. The sequel had been slated for August 2017, after previously being planned for April 2017.
Source: Deadline (Mike Fleming Jr.)