Pacific Rim Sequel Reportedly Delayed Indefinitely We could be in for a wait... 16 September 2015 | Written by James White | Source: The Hollywood Reporter Despite a big 2017 release date announcement from Guillermo del Toro and lots of talk since about the film’s development, it appears we could be in for a longer wait than we thought for the Pacific Rim sequel, currently subtitled Maelstrom. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary has halted forward development. Word of a delay first sprang up from Latino Review’s sources a few days ago, with mention that a proposed start of production a couple of months from now had been shifted to 2016 at the earliest. But as part of its story on the slightly strained relationship between Legendary Pictures and Universal, there’s mention that the original Pacific Rim mostly scored its shot at sequel status thanks to robust business in China and that there have been ongoing debates about whether the film (which earned $411 worldwide) did well enough for Legendary and Warner Bros. (which owns the rights despite the former company’s move to Universal) to truly go ahead with another. Also mentioned is the fact that Universal apparently balked over the cost of Kong: Skull Island and, worried about the risk, seems only too happy to see the giant ape head to Warners for a multi-film deal that would end up in a crossover film with Kong vs Godzilla. Which means Warners’ filmmaking team will have to figure out how to make the gorilla seem big enough to take on the massive lizard-thing. There has been no official confirmation of Pacific Rim’s delay (not that we would expect anyone involved to rush online with a, “yes, we’ve hit the brakes!” statement), but for now it seems that the Jaegers and Kaiju will have to wait for their rematch.