A look behind the scenes of Legendary Pictures and the surprise move last week of “Kong: Skull Island” from Universal to Warner Bros. throws cold water on any hopes for “Pacific Rim 2.”
With rumors already swirling that production has been delayed on the Guillermo del Toro sequel, a mere two months before it was set to begin filming, The Hollywood Reporter introduces doubt as to whether it will ever see the light of day.
The trade paper rejects the more optimistic “delayed,” going instead for “halted indefinitely” before adding parenthetically, “if it gets made at all.”
The 2013 sci-fi action film, depicting a near-future war between humanity and giant monsters emerging from an interdimensional portal at the bottom of the Pacific, grossed $411 million. However, it cost a lot — an estimated $190 million, plus marketing and distribution costs. While, as THR notes, a sequel was never a sure thing, the original reportedly performed well enough in China for Legendary to pursue a follow-up.
No reason is given for the delay. However, del Toro, as usual has a lot of other projects on his plate, including the rumored “‘Wall-E meets ‘Splash'” movie at Fox Searchlight.
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