‘Pacific Rim 2’ Confirms Its Title (No, It’s Not ‘Pacific Rim 2’)

It’s time to stop obsessing about Pacific Rim 2 and begin obsessing about Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. Seeing as they’re the same film, it shouldn’t be too difficult of an adjustment.

The proper title for 2018’s Pacific Rim sequel has apparently been unveiled online by both director Steven S. DeKnight (of Daredevil acclaim) and star John Boyega via social media as shooting begins in Sydney, Australia. DeKnight showcased the motion picture’s title courtesy of a tweet of his clapperboard. (It’s the thing above. It’s not anything dirty.) Boyega opted to go with displaying the cover of his script on Instagram.

“First day on Pacific Rim today,” shared the Star Wars hero. “Here’s to a great adventure ahead.”

If you’re angling for an early glimpse at Pacific Rim: Maelstrom‘s visual approach to Jaegers and Kaiju, you’re in the market to be disappointed.

Currently lined up for a February 23, 2018 release, the new film will feature Boyega playing the son of Idris Elba’s character from the 2013 original and have previous helmer Guillermo del Toro in a producing capacity. The project will also reportedly include del Toro’s fingerprints with the plot concept. Here’s how he explained his vision for the movie in a 2014 interview with Collider:

It’s a few years after the first one. It’s not an immediate follow-up. It is the world having been freed of Kaiju, what happens to the world after – what happens to the Jaeger technology once the Kaiju are not a threat. It’s quite a jump.

Seeing as the actual premiere of the film is multiple calendars away, there’s definitely the potential for change. That goes for both the sequel concept and the title itself. Does the confirmation of the Maelstrom part of the title have any impact on you? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)