The sequel to monster movie Pacific Rim will be directed by the executive producer and head writer of Daredevil, Deadline reports. Steven S. DeKnight will helm Pacific Rim 2, his first ever directing gig after creating TV series Spartacus, and helping to to make Netflix original Daredevil a success. Shortly after the news was announced, Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro offered his blessing on Twitter, saying that he'd met with DeKnight and he and the team behind the sequel were "so happy with our choice."
It was announced that Pacific Rim would be getting a sequel in 2014, a year after the monsters vs. mecha movie scored $411 million at the worldwide box office. At the time, del Toro said the sequel would come out on April 2nd, 2017, and would see a return of characters from the first movie. "Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau — but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles," the filmmaker said in a statement. "The first film set the stage and now we're ready to have a blast."
Met w DeKnight and we are all so happy with our choice to take Pac Rim 2to where we know it can go!!— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 24, 2016
The Pan's Labyrinth director echoed that sentiment in today's tweets, indicating that the new movie would have even more ridiculous explosions that its city-toppling predecessor. "Now Pac Rim is a known property and we can expand big!," he said, before asking his 267,000 followers to "dream of kaijus and mecha!"