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Pacific Rim 2 delayed but not dead

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Guillermo del Toro’s giant humanoid robots will remain in dry dock for a while longer.

Universal Pictures has pulled Pacific Rim 2 from its release calendar, the studio announced Tuesday. The sequel to writer-director del Toro’s jaeger-vs.-kaiju showdown had been set to open Aug. 4, 2017.

Despite the date change, Universal reiterated its intention to eventually make the movie, as part of its partnership with Legendary Entertainment.

“Legendary and Universal Pictures are committed to having Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim, which generated more $411 million at the global box office, be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves,” Universal said in a statement. “To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of Pacific Rim 2 so that the creative team can continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film.”

Universal’s statement would seem to refute a Hollywood Reporter article that indicated Pacific Rim 2 had been mothballed as part of a larger shakeup involving the Godzilla and King Kong franchises.

Del Toro, for his part, has remained steadfast in his desire to make Pacific Rim 2. Earlier this month, he told EW, “We are still turning in a screenplay and a budget in three weeks. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not gone. We’re still on it.”

He added that the film’s delay is only temporary. “It moved further,” he said.

As part of the date change, Universal also moved Pitch Perfect 3 back two weeks to fill the former Pacific Rim 2 slot.