This will be DeKnight's directorial debut and it provides the clearest news yet that a sequel to 2013's fighting-robot sci-fi hit is on the way. Pacific Rim 2 has had an on-again/off-again life in development so far, with various reports placing it on hold and restarting it.
Guillermo del Toro, the director of the original Pacific Rim, is still with the project as a producer. Last night he tweeted his congratulations, confirming the Deadline report.
Met w DeKnight and we are all so happy with our choice to take Pac Rim 2to where we know it can go!!— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 24, 2016
Pacific Rim 2 had been put on indefinite hold back in September by the film's production studio, Legendary Pictures. Del Toro responded that he was still going forward with a screenplay and a budget, characterizing it only as a delay. Last month, Legendary Entertainment was sold for $3.5 billion to China-based Wanda, apparently clearing the way for the sequel to move fully forward. Pacific Rim grossed $305 million overseas, with $111 million of that coming from China.