One of the biggest questions in Hollywood is if Guillermo del Toro will ever get to make a sequel to his monster-robot cage match Pacific Rim. The movie wasn’t a monster (get it?) hit, but it caught the imagination of many and made a decent amount of money overseas. It took awhile, but finally it looked like the sequel would actually happen until distributor Universal pulled the plug on production and the film was put on an indefinite hold. Fans — and del Toro — moved on.
Yet, it might be rumbling back to life. Del Toro took to Twitter and surprised fans with some good news:
Pac Rim 2 cancelled? Don’t believe everything you read. It’s still going and I’ll remain w it in one way or another!
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 11, 2016
That’s quite a change from a few weeks ago when it seemed Rim 2 would never happen. So what gives? It might have something to do with the fact that Legendary Pictures, the company that owns Rim, was recently purchased by Dailan Wanda Group. — a Chinese conglomerate. Pacific Rim wasn’t a smash in the U.S., but did better in China, bringing in $111 million. Dailan Wanda might be giving del Toro the green light knowing how much cash the film could bring in overseas.
That being said, del Toro has been attached to many projects in the past that never got off the ground. As well, his tweet said he’ll be involved “one way or another,” suggesting that maybe he will just produce and not direct. A lot is unknown about the future of Pacific Rim 2, but at least it sounds like it has one again.