“Pacific Rim 2” is the blockbuster sequel that refuses to die. Even after numerous reports of its demise — most recently, last week, when Guillermo del Toro signed up to direct a remake of “Fantastic Voyage” — the filmmaker is holding out hope that it’ll get made. And once again, he says don’t give up on more robot smashing mayhem.
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Taking to Twitter, del Toro stated yesterday, “Pac Rim 2 cancelled? Don’t believe everything you read. It’s still going and I’ll remain w it in one way or another!” So, does he have a reason to stay optimistic about the follow-up? Sort of.
Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group announced they have acquired Legendary Entertainment for a staggering $3.5 billion. To say it’s a major acquisition is an understatement, but it says a lot about the footprint Legendary has been making in the Eastern market. A few years ago, Legendary teamed with China Film Co. Ltd. to form Legendary East, also found investment from Japan’s SoftBank. All this to say, Legendary wants to be a player in that market, hence projects like the upcoming, Zhang Yimou-directed, Matt Damon-starring, “The Great Wall.” And the company well knows that “Pacific Rim” earned $111 million of its $309 million international box-office haul in, you guessed it, China. So, it’s not completely out of the question to pursue a follow-up.
Basically, we’ll see how it plays out, but “Pacific Rim 2” could still be on the horizon.
Pac Rim 2 cancelled? Don’t believe everything you read. It’s still going and I’ll remain w it in one way or another!
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 11, 2016
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