John Boyega is going to save us all from the kaiju yet again when Pacific Rim: Uprising un-cancels the Apocalypse next February. And what better way to get us all excited for the upcoming sequel than an extremely edgy and cool new poster, featuring our favorite new and improved monster-fighting robot?
While the prospect of a Pacific Rim sequel starring Star Wars’ John Boyega is exciting, no one is quite sure what to expect with this one. Guillermo del Toro isn’t behind the wheel, and only a few members of the original cast are coming back. Del Toro recently revealed that the sequel looks a lot different that what he’d imagined — but he also says that that’s a good thing.
The Apocalypse Is Cancelled Once More. The Apocalypse, Which Before Had Been Un-Cancelled, Has Been Re-Cancelled Again. Cancelling the Apocalypse? Not So Fast. It’s a credit to overseas audiences that Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s technicolor homage to classic Toho monster films and giant mecha anime, is getting a sequel. The movie did just okay stateside, but was especially well-received in China, where most of the action is set (probably on purpose). For a while, the sequel looked a little precarious, but alien kaiju from underneath the sea cannot be contained, and the sequel’s star John Boyega is very excited that as of today it’s now officially filming.
It’s been a long, slow trip to the screen for Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro 2013’s sci-fi blockbuster, and for a while it didn’t look like the movie would happen at all. Back in January, there was even talk that the movie was “off the table indefinitely,” but a few months later, development began to get more serious...
A quick refresher for those not up on the brief but troubled history of the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju-throwback Pacific Rim: First, the notorious G.D.T. confirmed that the sequel would be here by April 2017. The production team had plans to beginning shooting back in November, but by September, presiding studio Universal had deemed a Pacific Rim sequel a low priority and placed it on the proverbial back burner. After indefinitely halting production on the film in mid-September, Universal took the film off of its release calendar at the end of that month. As recently as last month, Universal stated it had no interest in producing the film on its own — perhaps due to Crimson Peak’s sadly lackluster showing at the box-office — but apparently the project has taken on a new life due to Legendary Pictures. (Worth noting is that Legendary was recently acquired by China’s Wanda Pictures, and that Pacific Rim played like gangbusters overseas.)
Once Marvel acquired the rights to Daredevil, it was unclear just what the studio was planning on doing with the character, whose last on-screen iteration didn’t work out so great. The solution: a partnership with Netflix for a new series, which — along with a handful of others — will lead into the epic Defenders series. With the help of Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight, Daredevil has been a big success for both Marvel and Netflix, but there was one person who would have rather seen the crime-fighting hero back on the big screen.
This past weekend saw quite a few interesting revelations on the state of Marvel TV crossovers, while the full release of Netflix’s Daredevil seemed to set up a great many threads for Iron Fist in particular. Now, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight goes in-depth on Daredevil’s future, including Season 2, Jessica Jones, The Defenders and more.
Marvel’s Daredevil TV series will kick off the first of Netflix’s Defenders by its April 10 premiere, but between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and Phase 3 mapped out through the end of time, might any other famous Marvel characters get their live-action due? Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight hopes to see The Punisher on Netflix someday, in all his rated-R glory.