Fans of giant monster-fighting robots might want to brace themselves. Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to 2013’s sleeper hit science fiction film Pacific Rim, has been postponed indefinitely by Universal Pictures and production house Legendary Pictures. Originally scheduled to hit cinemas on August 4, 2017, that spot will now be taken by Pitch Perfect 3 which is being moved back from it’s planned July 21, 2017 release date, presumably to move it out of the way of movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, War of the Planet of the Apes and Christopher Nolan’s untitled upcoming film. As it currently stands, Pitch Perfect 3 is the only film scheduled to release in August of 2017 at this time.
Pacific Rim premiered back in July of 2013, making a total of $411 million worldwide against a $190 million budget. Telling the story of a near future under siege by giant monsters emerging from interdimensional rifts, Pacific Rim told the story of Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy, Green Street Hooligans), a pilot of giant robots called Jaegers that were used to fight the creatures and also starred Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army), Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (The Wire, Prometheus) and Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, 47 Ronin). Directed by Academy Award nominee Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pan’s Labyrinth), the film received a generally favourable welcome from both critics and the public and drew obvious inspiration from monster movies like Godzilla and Japanese anime. The sequel, reportedly subtitled Maelstrom, is still set to go ahead at some point, with a script from del Toro (who will also direct the film), Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, The Darkest Hour) and Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans, Dog Days of Summer).
Pitch Perfect 3, meanwhile will continue the story of an a cappella group called the Barden Bellas. The series has grossed $400.6 million total across it’s previous two instalments against a combined budget of $46 million and has become incredibly popular in the process. The third film will be written by Primetime Emmy Award nominee Kay Cannon (30 Rock, New Girl) who also wrote the first two films and will star returning cast members Rebel Wilson (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Ice Age: Continental Drift), Brittany Snow (John Tucker Must Die, Guiding Light) and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Into the Woods).