By Will Robinson
February 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
Warner Bros./Courtesy Everett Collection

Fire up the Jaegers: Pacific Rim 2 has a director.

Legendary Pictures announced it has tapped Steven S. DeKnight to helm the sci-fi sequel from creator Guillermo del Toro.

Pacific Rim 2 marks DeKnight’s directorial film debut. He was the showrunner behind the first season of the acclaimed Marvel series Daredevil on Netflix. He’s also the creator of Starz’ swords-and-sandals drama Spartacus, with other TV credits including DollhouseSmallville, and Angel.

Del Toro, who directed, produced, and co-wrote the original 2013 film, also tweeted the news and his approval of DeKnight. “we are all so happy with our choice to take Pac Rim 2to where we know it can go!!” he writes.

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The first Pacific Rim raked in $411 million worldwide on a $190 million budget. Del Toro announced a sequel in June 2014, but it’s been long delayed. Universal pulled the movie from its release schedule last September, but reiterated its dedication to releasing the follow-up. Pacific Rim 2 was slotted for an Aug. 4, 2017 release before it was yanked.

Del Toro, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, and Mary Parent will produce the film, which was written by Prometheus co-writer Jon Spaihts. Universal will distribute the film worldwide in 3D.

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