A fallout between Universal and Legendary lead to a lengthy report by THR, and contained within the report was the devastating news that Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom has been put on hold indefinitely, and quite possibly cancelled. So after Legendary literally cancelled the apocalypse, fans were upset, and now del Toro has responded to give fans a ray of hope.
Pacific Rim 2 was due to go into production in November, with a scheduled release date of 4th August 2017, but that is now not happening.
Speaking with EW, del Toro said:
“We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not gone. We’re still on it.”
However, it is doubtful that the film will be made soon, and so del Toro is looking at something else to make in the new gap created in his schedule:
“It moved further. I may do another movie in the middle.”
Del Toro attached himself to a large number of projects, and this is why, so there are plenty of other movies he could make while he waits for Legendary to give him the all clear on what would have been a massive, and very successful sequel.
No doubt fans would love to see him make Hellboy 3, or even At the Mountains of Madness, but these are both projects with budgets studios for some odd reason don’t want to touch. Del Toro clearly feels upset about this too:
“I can tell you this, if I was a billionaire, I would definitely do Hellboy 3, Pacific Rim 2, and At the Mountains of Madness.” He laughs. “And I would quickly become a millionaire.”
So we will just have to wait and see what he announces next, but it is very, very sad that Pacific Rim 2: Maelstrom is no longer getting made, for now…