The “Pacific Rim” sequel is a go — with someone other than Guillermo del Toro as director. Deadline reports that Steven S. DeKnight will make his feature film directorial debut with Legendary Pictures’ “Pacific Rim 2,” with a script by Jon Spaihts.
DeKnight is a name familiar to genre fans, as the creator of Starz’s “Spartacus” franchise, the showrunner of “Daredevil” season one and his work on Joss Whedon-created shows “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Dollhouse.” Del Toro will serve as a producer of the sequel.
The original “Pacific Rim,” released in 2013, was directed by del Toro and co-written by del Toro and Travis Beacham. The film — pitting human-opreated “Jaegers” against monstrous “Kaijus” — was a hit with fans and grossed $411 million worldwide, but only $102 million domestically. Development of a sequel has been on-again, off-again, but this latest news looks to be the most optimistic word yet. No release date has been set.