'Pacific Rim 2' Gets Release Date

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Guillermo del Toro returns to direct the sequel.

Universal has slated sequel Pacific Rim 2 for release on Friday, April 7, 2017.

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Guillermo del Toro returns to direct Legendary Pictures' sequel to the 2013 giant-robot film.

Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) and del Toro will write the script for the sequel, which will be released in 3D and Imax.

Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will return to produce with del Toro, Mary Parent and Callum Greene. Jillian Share will executive produce.

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Del Toro's 2013 film Pacific Rim starred Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. It was set in a futuristic world where giant monsters called Kaiju have risen from the ocean floor to overrun the Earth. To fight the threat, humans built giant robots that are controlled by two pilots. The film, distributed by Warner Bros., earned $411 million worldwide.

Universal will distribute the sequel. Legendary ended its pact with Warner Bros. in late 2013 and signed a five-year production and co-financing partnership with Universal that began early in 2014.

The only other film currently slated for release on that April 2017 weekend is Fox's animated movie Ferdinand.

In a video message, Del Toro also said there would be a Pacific Rim animated series.