Great news for fans of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. You’ll want to mark your calendars for April 7, 2017, as that is the date that Universal will be releasing Pacific Rim 2 into theaters.
Although the film underperformed at the US Box office, barely making $100 million in ticket sales, Pacific Rim did manage to gross another $309 million world wide. That, plus some healthy home video sales, have convinced the studio to give Del Toro the go-ahead to start work in earnest on a sequel. In addition, Del Toro will also be developing an animated Pacific Rim series and overseeing some sequels growing out of the 2012 Pacific Rim graphic novel prequel, Year Zero.
You can see the announcement from Del Toro below.
Previously, the director had stated that he was already working on a sequel screenplay with writer Zak Penn. Travis Beacham, who wrote the original screenplay for the first film, will still be involved in the franchise, though in a more limited capacity due to his to the upcoming TV series Hieroglyph.