The follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 Sci-Fi monster movie will hit theaters Feb. 23, 2018, according to Deadline. There’s currently nothing else slated for that date, but it opens one week after Black Panther and one week before an untitled Fox/Marvel movie.
Scott Eastwood for Pacific Rim: Maelstrom?
Eastwood might not be a household name like his father Clint, but he’s on track to break out in a big way. This year, he has roles in two high-profile pictures: Oliver Stone’s Snowden and the highly anticipated Suicide Squad. Next year he can be seen in Fast 8 and Ben Affleck’s next directorial effort Live by Night.
With John Boyega set to star as the son of Idris Elba’s character from the first film, Eastwood would be the second edition to the cast. There has been no mention of whether original cast members Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi or Charlie Day would return.
Del Toro previously teased that Day’s scientist character would play a pivotal role in the follow-up. With him out as director, however, it’s unclear if his original plans for the sequel are still in place.
Changes Behind the Camera
Although del Toro is still a producer on Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, much has changed behind the camera for the sequel. Legendary recently brought on both a new director and new writer.
Replacing del Toro in the director’s chair for Maelstrom will be Spartacus and Daredevil season one showrunner Steven S. DeKinght. Maelstrom will DeKnight’s first feature film, having previously stuck to the small screen. With that in mind, he’s still a promising choice. His work on Daredevil, Spartacus and his time in the Whedonverse has built him an impressive resume that lends itself to genre films.
The original writing duo of de Toro and Travis Beacham was replaced with rising star Derek Connolly, who most recently penned the Box Office smash Jurassic World.