A sequel to the 2013 film Pacific Rim is definitely happening, though this time without Guillermo del Toro at the helm. Steven S. DeKnight will be taking on the director role this time around, he’s previously been behind the camera on episodes of Daredevil, Dollhouse, Smallville, and Angel.
Scheduled to begin production this November at Fox Studios in Sydney, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom still has Guillermo attached as a producer and writer, with a release scheduled for February 2018. Production will also take place in Queensland.
At this stage it appears Ron Pearlman will return, as well as John Boyega, who you would no doubt recognise as Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
On the topic of the film, NSW Deputy Premier Tony Grant had this to say:
This is the latest big production to be secured by the NSW Government’s new $20m Made In NSW Fund
The production will inject more than $54 million into the NSW economy and employ around 400 local crew. The Made In NSW Fund makes NSW one of the world’s most desirable filming locations.”
“In recent months we’ve seen Jackie Chan bring Bleeding Steel here, production begin on Peter Rabbit and the announcement of the first high end Australian TV series, Wake in Fright, to be made under the fund.
The Made in NSW fund was announced in June 2016.