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Apocalypse Back On? 'Pacific Rim 2' "Halted Indefinitely"

Written by sdsichero on Wednesday, September 16 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

Apocalypse Back On? 'Pacific Rim 2'

Oh no, there goes Tokyo…

Source: Hollywood Gorilla Warfare: It’s Universal vs. Legendary Over ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (and Who Says "Thank You")

Uh oh. It looks like world is back in trouble again. After the somewhat weak performance domestically of the first Pacific Rim movie, it looked like the world would be susceptible to another kaiju attack until China's box office averted the apocalypse. Well, it looks like the apocalypse watch is back on.

It sounds like the bigshots, not sure if at Warner Bros. or Legendary, have got cold feet. While there was a bunch of talk about a sequel (and even a third movie), Pacific Rim 2 (Malestrom?) is now "halted indefinitely" and may not be made at all:

Legendary wanted to produce a sequel to del Toro's Pacific Rim, which was made under the Warners deal and turned into one of those films that grosses a lot ($411 million worldwide) while being so costly that a follow-up isn't a sure thing. Sources say Legendary liked that the original performed exceptionally well in China, where the company is heavily invested, but for now the project — which had been ramping up to make a release date in August 2017 — has been halted indefinitely and will be pushed back (if it gets made at all).


No word on what this cessation of Pacific Rim 2 (which was supposed to start production this Fall) means for the animated series set in that universe.

It might be that Legendary and WB are putting more effort behind a Skull Island (King Kong) and Godzilla movie mash-up, and are confident that they can resolve the size issue:

Now that Legendary has moved Kong, that settles a brewing argument over the script's references to Monarch, the secret government entity in Godzilla that employed the characters played by Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins. Obviously, the inclusion of Monarch in Kong is a move to tie the ape into a hoped-for Godzilla "universe." Warners, which held onto the right to participate in any Godzilla sequel, did not relish the idea of a Godzilla element in a Universal-backed Kong movie.

A threshold problem is that Kong supposedly is much smaller than Godzilla. That fact was not lost on Universal. "There were funny comments about him having to be the size of the Empire State Building instead of hanging off of it," says a studio insider. But a source close to Tull says Legendary is confident it can come up with a rationale to explain how Kong and Godzilla can do battle — and possibly become allies.


So, in short, when the kaiju come, we're all doomed.


* Thanks to /film for the warning.


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Sdsichero is Asian and he likes anime. He should write more articles.






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