Pacific Rim Sequel Hires Jurassic World Screenwriter to Pen the Script

Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 2:28PM
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Thursday, 12 May 2016 - 2:28PM
Pacific Rim Sequel Hires Jurassic World Screenwriter to Pen the Script
In case you still have to convince yourself that this long-beleaguered sequel is really happening, Pacific Rim 2 has just hired a screenwriter. After Daredevil's Steven S. DeKnight signed on to direct, Jurassic World's Derek Connolly was tapped to pen the script.

According to THR, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is still involved with the project as producer, although Slashfilm reports that his involvement is minimal, and that "the new director and screenwriter will have free rein to take this next adventure wherever they want to." This is a little disappointing, since it was Del Toro's unique vision that elevated Pacific Rim's seemingly lowbrow material to begin with, but DeKnight and Connolly both have enough nerd cred that they can do the franchise justice. 

Connolly is best known for Jurassic World, but his first credit was Safety Not Guaranteed, which was a criminally underrated movie that showcases a screenwriter's talents much better. He has since worked on Jurassic World 2 as well as Kong: Skull Island and Intelligent Life, the sci-fi thriller that has attached Lupita N'yongo to star.

While Del Toro was on board as director, he had already worked on script ideas along with Zak Penn (Avengers, the original X-Men series) and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Doctor Strange, Passengers). It's unclear whether Connolly will do a page-one rewrite or whether he will develop the story ideas from the first drafts, but hopefully he will take some inspiration from Del Toro's script.
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