Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have set Steven S. DeKnight, the “Spartacus” creator and show runner on the first season of Marvel and Netflix’s “Daredevil,” as director of the upcoming sequel to its 2013 giant monsters vs. robots action film “Pacific Rim”.
Jon Spaihts is penning the script for the sequel, the pair will take over for Travis Beacham who penned the script and Guillermo del Toro who directed the first outing. del Toro remains onboard as producer alongside Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent.
The first film grossed $411 million worldwide, most of which came from overseas. The sequel was pushed back from a proposed late 2015 start of production and it looked like things were going to be left to die, but del Toro insisted the project would still go forward at a later time.
DeKnight, who makes his feature directorial debut on the project, will now take over for del Toro who was originally attached but is committed to other projects. del Toro also released a statement on social media:
“Met with DeKnight and we are all so happy with our choice to take Pac Rim 2 to where we know it can go!! Now Pac Rim is a known property and we can expand big! More news soon! But – as I said a few weeks ago: this is happening and the ideas we have are great!! Buenas noches from Toronto…Dream of Kaijus and Mecha!!”