Firstly, the good news, Universal Pictures have released a statement saying that Pacific Rim 2 IS still happening:
Legendary’s ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2017, will be redated at a later time,” it reads. “The filmmakers, Legendary and Universal Pictures are committed to having ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ the sequel to 2013’s ‘Pacific Rim,’ which generated more $411 million at the global box office, be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves. To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of ‘Pacific Rim’ so that the creative team can continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film.
Now the crazy: Pitch Perfect 2, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will be released on August 4, 2017, the release date penned in for the Pacific Rim sequel. It’s been moved from July 21, 2017.
So that’s the state of play. It’s interesting to see how this news is being taken in some parts of the internet; many are delighted that the movie is still (more than likely) going to happen, while others think it’s a kiss of death for Guillermo Del Toro’s pet project.
We are going with the optimistic approach and will happily wait for a great sequel to the giant mechs vs giant monsters epic, but the day Pitch Perfect hits cinemas will be a slightly bitter one.