‘Pacific Rim 2’ Hires ‘Jurassic World’ Writer Derek Connolly
Depending on how you felt about Jurassic World, this news may or may not be very good: Derek Connolly, the screenwriter behind Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic sequel, has been tapped to write the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2. If you weren’t particularly fond of Connolly’s work on the dinosaur blockbuster, then this news has probably inspired an audible groan accompanied by a healthy eye roll, but perhaps you should consider giving it a chance.
As THR reports, Connolly has been tapped to to write Pacific Rim 2 for director Steven DeKnight, who previously worked as the showrunner on Daredevil Season 1. While Connolly — and Trevorrow — has drawn plenty of ire for Jurassic World, he’s not entirely to blame for some of the issues in that film, which ultimately felt like a sequel that had way too many cooks in the kitchen. But Connolly could be a good fit for Pacific Rim 2; his script for Trevorrow’s indie Safety Not Guaranteed is character-driven and humorous, and also a bit heartwarming. And despite its flaws, Jurassic World was still pretty entertaining when viewed as a B movie with a huge budget.
Okay, so maybe I’m a Jurassic World apologist. At any rate, let’s wait and see how he handles Pacific Rim 2 before we start building a stake.
Although Guillermo del Toro is not returning to direct the sequel, he is still on board as executive producer and he did some work on the screenplay, along with original Pacific Rim scribe Zak Penn and Doctor Strange writer Jon Spaihts. Whether Connolly is starting fresh on a new script or simply handling revisions is unclear.
Also uncertain are plot details, as del Toro has previously said that the new film would take place several years after Pacific Rim, as the monster-fighting Jaegers have become commonly accepted, and that it also may explore where the Kaiju come from.