Legendary Pictures and Universal are putting the kibosh, or at least a deep freeze, on the sequel for Pacific Rim.
In June, 2014 Director Guillermo del Toro confirmed that a sequel to Pacific Rim was underway, with Universal eventually settling on a release for Aug. 4, 2017. Del Toro was even ready to start shooting the picture this November.
The news was incredible for fans of the film, but a little strange considering its run at the box office wasn’t too stellar. Costing roughly $190 million to make, Pacific Rim only took in $101 million domestically. Its saving grace was the international box office, which grossed $310 million, $114 million of which came from China alone.
The Hollywood Reporter released the news that Legendary had decided to put the film on hold and Universal, who shares production costs on certain projects with Legendary, also had no comment on Pacific Rim‘s future.
In case you didn’t know, Pacific Rim stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and is set in the future where humans pilot giant robots (Jaegers) in order to fend off interdimensional monsters (Kaijus) who keep creeping up through the ocean floor.
We’ll keep you posted on any further news, but for now things look pretty bleak for Pacific Rim fans.