Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Marlon Yates, Jr., Aldis Hodge, and
O'Shea Jackson, Jr. attend the Universal Pictures and Legendary
Pictures’ premiere of “Straight Outta Compton” at Microsoft Theater on
August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California
Reasons I’m not at all bummed about Pacific Rim 2 having a new director:
It’ll allow Del Toro to focus on other projects as a director without being tied down to a franchise (one that’s on life support, at that). And while Del Toro is notorious for having plenty of false starts during his career, I think handing over the reigns of Pacific Rim 2 will really allow him to focus his career and carefully select what he wants to tackle next.
I don’t feel like the world of Pacific Rim is one that only exclusively Guillermo Del Toro can successfully bring to the screen. While Del Toro is undoubtedly a much more competent filmmaker than George Lucas (and that
Steven S. DeKnight is no
Irvin Kershner), it’s always important to remember Lucas never directed The Empire Strikes Back.
I understand people are concerned about DeKnight’s lack of theatrical directing credits, but the guy’s body of work on TV so far is undoubtedly solid, and has attracted plenty of critical acclaim.
Speaking of The Empire Strikes Back and DeKnight’s TV career thus far, I feel like we might be in for something of a darker sequel - both tonally and visually - which is fine by me. Follow the example set by Star Wars and the conclusion of the first film - the destruction of the Death Star/closure of the Breach is a significant and important victory, but the threat is still looming and possibly stronger than ever.
Most of all, Del Toro not only trusts DeKnight to take over the franchise and do a good job, but seems enthusiastic about his appointment. That’s reassurance enough for me.
Overall, I think this announcement is good news, and I’m very optimistic about what DeKnight can bring to the sequel. Let’s at least see what the guy can bring to the table before we start begging for Del Toro to come back.