The Pacific Rim sequel has encountered a few bumps on the road, on the way to its first day of filming. Pacific Rim co-writer/director Guillermo del Toro was originally lined up to return at the helm on the followup, but the movie’s production delays eventually prompted del Toro to step down as director – so that he could instead move ahead on a faster-developing project of his, in The Shape of Water. This opened the door for Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight to step in and take del Toro’s old spot as director on the sequel.
It’s been smoother sailing for the Pacific Rim sequel since then, with the script getting a rewrite from Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) and John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) signing up to play the son of Idris Elba’s character, Stacker Pentecost, from the first Pacific Rim installment. The trend continues with the latest update on the sequel, revealing that principal photography is now underway.
Boyega revealed the news by posting a picture of his script cover to his Instagram account (see the photo below), in the process confirming the long-rumored title for the sequel – Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.
First day on Pacific Rim today. Here’s to a great adventure ahead