For a while, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro was all set to helm the sequel to his own 2013 Jaegers vs. Kaijus sci-fi movie “Pacific Rim”. Then del Toro bowed out of directing to work on other projects with “Daredevil” and “Spartacus” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight taking over the helm.
“Pacific Rim: Uprising” as its now called recently wrapped its filming and is on track for release early next year. del Toro meanwhile has tackled his own work titled “The Shape of Water” which opens later this year. del Toro remains very much onboard as a producer on the ‘Rim’ sequel and recently spoke with Collider about the reasons for his departure from the director’s chair on that film:
“The timing started to suck. I had this little movie that I wanted to do, The Shape of Water, very, very much. At one point it was [between] Justice League Dark or Pacific Rim, I said, ‘Let’s go to Pacific Rim.’ The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands – Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company [the Wanda Group]. They said, ‘We’ve gotta wait nine months’ and I said, ‘I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,’ and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight.”
del Toro admits the sequel turned out to be different from the one he developed, but he’s completely accepting of the changes:
“It’s going great. I see dailies every day, I see early cuts, I see teasers. They’re doing great. It lets him have his style, lets him have his notion of the characters. I wrote a screenplay, developed two or three drafts of that screenplay – this is different than what I developed, and I’m OK. A producer is in the corner, the director is in the ring. The producer’s not getting the punches, the director is, so shut up, wait in the corner, refresh the towel and wait for the director to come to you.”
“Pacific Rim: Uprising” opens in cinemas on February 23rd next year.