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Breathe: Pacific Rim 2 Is Really, Truly, Thankfully Back on Again, With Daredevil’s Steven S. DeKnight

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Steven S. DeKnight’s here to pump the brakes on your emotional Pacific Rim 2 roller-coaster, as Legendary Pictures has selected the Daredevil showrunner to direct the long-awaited follow-up. (Yep, it’s really back on!) If you aren’t familiar with his Daredevil work, you might know DeKnight from his multi-hyphenate ties to the Buffy, Angel, Smallville, and Spartacus sagas — the last of which he created. According to Deadline, most other personnel and timeline details for the sci-fi project are still unclear. But DeKnight will make his feature directorial debut using material from a new Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) script.

The welcome update comes amid a series of on-again, off-again announcements that wavered between promising the sequel in 2017 to voiding it entirely. Late last year, Guillermo del Toro had resolved to get a tweaked budget and script approved by Legendary and Universal. The persistence paid off. In addition to the fact that he’ll stay attached as a producer, it’s important to note how happy the original helmer is:

And rightfully so — even more good news is on the way:

So consider turning on mobile notifications for GDT, and then dream your kaiju and mecha dreams. (Though probably still with crossed fingers and toes, just to be safe.)

Pacific Rim 2 Back on With Steven S. DeKnight