Studio pulls Pacific Rim 2 off schedule, but claims film is still happening

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Sep 30, 2015, 8:09 AM EDT

Last we’d heard, the studio was looking to delay the Pacific Rim sequel due to some studio shenanigans. Well, we have some bad news, giant robot fans.

Universal Pictures has officially pulled the film from its release schedule. It was originally set to open on August 4, 2017, but now...yeah. I wouldn’t hold my breath for the sequel for Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic. The studio says its on hold to allow the creative team more time to polish the script and effects work. But, c’mon, this does not bode well for the future.

Put simply, the reasons comes down to money and studio politicking. The film was expensive, but made just enough globally to warrant sequel talk. There’s also the fact that the relationship between Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures has been strained as of late.

Here’s the studio’s official explanation:

Legendary’s PACIFIC RIM 2, originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2017, will be redated at a later time.  The filmmakers, Legendary and Universal Pictures are committed to having PACIFIC RIM 2, the sequel to 2013’s PACIFIC RIM, which generated more $411 million at the global box office, be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves.  To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of PACIFIC RIM 2 so that the creative team can continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film.
PACIFIC RIM 2 is the follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 epic action-adventure, with a script penned by del Toro, Jon Spaihts (Passengers, Prometheus) and Travis Beacham.  Universal Pictures will release the film worldwide in 3D and IMAX.

No word on what this might mean for the proposed animated series del Toro wanted to put together, which was meant to expand the universe, but we'd have to think it's not good.

Had the film hit its 2017 target date, the sequel would’ve landed four years after the original. Now, it’ll likely be at least 5+ years (best cast scenario), which is practically an eternity — especially for a film that wasn’t a monstrous box office hit in the first place.

Le sigh.

(Via Collider)