'Pacific Rim 2' Enlists 'Jurassic World' Writer Derek Connolly (Exclusive)

'Daredevil' season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight is directing the sequel to Legendary's mechas vs monsters movie.
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Derek Connolly, the co-writer of Jurassic World, has been tapped to work on Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Legendary’s mechas vs. monsters pic directed by Guillermo del Toro.

Del Toro remains involved with the project as one of the producers but is not directing the sequel.

Steven DeKnight, the showrunner of season 1 of Netflix’s Daredevil, is now on board to direct with Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Jon Jashni also producing.

Drafts have already been worked on by del Toro, Zak Penn and Jon Spaihts, and while plot details are being kept under wraps, at one point it was to have been set many years after the original movie and where the monster-fighting robot suits known as Jaegers have become commonplace.

It also is unclear if Connolly is doing a page-one rewrite or developing certain story ideas.

Connolly has become a name in the monster movie world: The scribe, whose first screen credit was Safety Not Guaranteed, co-wrote Jurassic World with frequent collaborator Colin Trevorrow, that film’s director.

Connolly has since worked on Jurassic World 2 and impressed the Legendary exec with his writing on the company’s creature-filled Kong: Skull Island. He also co-wrote Intelligent Life, DreamWorks' sci-fi drama that has Lupita N'yongo attached to star.

Connolly is repped by Verve and Ginsburg Daniels.

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