Warcraft, “Pacific Rim 2” Still Going

One of the more unexpected stories this week was an article by The Hollywood Reporter about how the relationship between Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures appeared to be going a bit sour.

The report suggested that production on Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” sequel had been ‘halted indefinitely’ and may not get going again at all. At the same time it suggested Duncan Jones’ ambitious fantasy epic “Warcraft” due next summer was being seen as a “problem movie”.

In the wake of that report, both directors have now chimed in on what it said. First to respond was Jones, who tweeted that the June 10th 2016 release date is a big vote of confidence in the project by the studio.

The issue may be one more of marketing in that case. Jones’ film is high fantasy and trying to adapt a mythologically deep and complex property for the big screen – this naturally makes it hard for marketing people who prefer easier and more formulaic fare. Nevertheless with some ingenuity it can work.

Guillermo del Toro has also responded to the report in a new interview with EW.

The beloved “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” filmmaker says: “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.”

He does admit that there is a delay, but he sees it as only temporary: “It moved further… I may do another movie in the middle.”

He also has a good sense of humour about it having had some familiarity with project delays: “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. And I would quickly become a millionaire.”