Newswire: Pacific Rim 2 is coming, won’t be directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Here’s a real case of good news, bad news (or “Apocalypse canceled, Apocalypse back on again,” in the parlance of the film) for fans of Guillermo Del Toro’s energetically insane 2013 robot punch-’em-up Pacific Rim: it looks like Legendary Pictures is finally ready to move forward on the movie’s long-delayed sequel—without Del Toro in the director’s chair.

Deadline is reporting that Pacific Rim 2 will instead be directed by former Daredevil showrunner and Joss Whedon alumni Steven S. DeKnight, in what’s set to be his feature film directing debut. Known as a talented writer and producer, DeKnight’s past directing experience tallies up to about about seven episodes of genre TV, including some fifth season Angel episodes and two turns on Smallville, all of which should leave him more than prepared for coaching Ron Perlman through getting swallowed by another giant monster, or …

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