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In recent days, things have certainly looked grim for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim 2. First there were rumors about the movie being postponed, but then more recent reports said that the project was being put on indefinite hold while Legendary Pictures could figure out their plans to combine their Godzilla and King Kong franchises. As it turns out, however, not everything is doom and gloom, as del Toro has announced that plans for the project are currently moving forward.
With so many stories swirling around his upcoming film, Del Toro spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the status of Pacific Rim 2, and revealed that the project is not dead and is actually taking some big step forward in the next couple of weeks. Addressing the rumors, the filmmaker said,
We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not gone. We’re still on it.
Just because Pacific Rim 2 is still in development, however, doesn't mean that there isn't some drama going on behind the scenes and that the movie is going to make its scheduled August 4, 2017 release date. Guillermo del Toro admitted that the production is going to be delayed, and that the project will move further down the release calendar. As a result, he sees himself making another film before getting to work on the blockbuster sequel.
So what could this next project be? There is certainly a large number of them that the filmmaker could choose from, with the filmmaker himself name-dropping two of his dream projects: Hellboy 3 and At the Mountains of Madness. Knowing what's going on behind the scenes at Legendary Pictures, however, I wonder if there might be something else in mind. For now Gareth Edwards is the man pushing the Godzilla movies forward, and Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is behind the helm of Kong: Skull Island, but right now the studio doesn't actually have a filmmaker attached to make the blockbuster that could tie those features together. Given that Godzilla 2 isn't scheduled for release until 2018, the timing may not line up perfectly, but it's hard to argue that del Toro wouldn't be the perfect filmmaker to make the new Godzilla vs. King Kong.
If it doesn't work out, though, I'll be equally as happy to see him finally complete the Hellboy trilogy.
We don't know what the long-term future holds for Guillermo del Toro at this point, but the short-term is extremely bright. October 16th will see the release of his long-awaited gothic horror throwback Crimson Peak, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowka. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more about that film, as well as updates about Pacific Rim 2.