Steven DeKnight's Pacific Rim: Uprising won't be what franchise co-creator Guillermo del Toro originally envisioned. Speaking with Collider, del Toro revealed that the reason he stepped down as director of the highly anticipated sequel is due to the fact that "The timing started to suck."
He elaborates: "I had this little movie that I wanted to do — The Shape of Water — very, very much. At one point it was Justice League Dark or Pacific Rim , [and] I said, 'Let’s go to Pacific Rim,'" he explained. "The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands — Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company. They said, 'We’ve gotta wait nine months' and I said, 'I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,' and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight [for the Pacific Rim sequel]."
Del Toro then went on to explain that DeKnight's movie won't serve as an extension of the first Pacific Rim, but will instead reinterpret the franchise.
"He’s making it his own [movie]," del Toro — who acts as producer on Pacific Rim: Uprising — said. "I’m not breathing over his shoulder saying, 'What are you doing? What are you doing?' He’s doing things differently, and I like that."
He also revealed that the new movie won't even use the same screenplay he'd originally wrote.
"It lets him have his style, lets him have his notion of the characters. I wrote a screenplay, developed two or three drafts of that screenplay — [Uprising] is different than what I developed, and I’m OK. A producer is in the corner, the director is in the ring. The producer’s not getting the punches, the director is, so shut up, wait in the corner, refresh the towel and wait for the director to come to you."
Starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood and Rinko Kikuchi, Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theatres on February 23rd, 2018.
Source: THR Heat Vision
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