THR reported the latest news on Pacific Rim 2, which will be Stephen DeKnight’s feature-length film directing debutm having most recently being head writer for Netflix’s Daredevil and he also created the visually impressive Spartacus for Starz one of my personal all time favorite series. This time around, DeKnight will direct from a script written by Jon Spaihts, who co-wrote Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and the upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange. Del Toro will remain attached to the project as a producer, alongside Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent; Legendary Pictures’ Senior VP of Production Jillian Share will serve as executive producer.
The reason for the cange in director is fairly obvious due to del Toro’s long list of commitments, from Fantastic Voyage to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Del Toro is scheduled to direct three films for Universal: Frankenstein; a new adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five; and Drood, a film based on a Dan Simmons novel published in February 2009.
Del Toro said his Frankenstein would be a faithful “Miltonian tragedy”, citing Frank Darabont’s “near perfect” script, which evolved into Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein.
In 2008, del Toro announced a stop-motion film based on the Italian novel The Adventures of Pinocchio, co-directed by Adam Parrish King, with Jim Henson Company as production company, and music by Nick Cave.It was in production for three years, and is now in development hell.
On July 28, 2010, it was announced that he would direct At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft for Universal Pictures, with James Cameron as producer. Both of them put forward the idea for Universal, which then greenlit it.
All this was preventing the film from getting underway in the near future… On September 16, 2015, the sequel was reported to have been “halted indefinitely” due to undisclosed conflicts between Legendary and Universal Pictures. On September 29, 2015, Universal Pictures removed the sequel from their release calendar while at the same time stating the film sequel was still moving forward. In February 2016, it was announced that Steven S. DeKnight will direct the sequel making it his directorial debut while del Toro will stay on as a Producer.