Universal: Pacific Rim 2 Is Delayed But Still in the Works
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Universal and Legendary Entertainment announced in a joint statement on Tuesday that they are delaying the Pacific Rim 2 sequel film, but added that they remain committed to making the film. The two companies had planned last year to release the film on April 7, 2017, before delaying it to August 4, 2017 and now removing the film from Universal's release schedule entirely for now.
Universal said that it and Legendary "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.”
However, del Toro then told Entertainment Weekly that "As far as I'm concerned, [the Pacific Rim sequel is] not gone." He added, "We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks." He noted that the movie "moved further," and said that he may work on another film in the meantime.
Warner Brothers had distributed the first film in 2013, but Legendary ended its co-financing and co-producing deal at the end of that year. Legendary Pictures now has a five-year production and financing with Universal Pictures, but sources told The Hollywood Reporter that there was trouble with the business relationship.