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Oh cool, Pacific Rim 2 moving along with Jurassic World writer

on May 13, 2016, 1:13pm

Things are moving and shaking for Legendary Pictures’ somewhat rocky sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim.

Back in February, we reported that Daredevil and Spartacus director Steven S. DeKnight had been hired to helm the film, leaving Guillermo del Toro, who conceived, wrote, and directed the original film, to linger around as a producer.

Now, the film has a scribe and it’s Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly. While his work on that Universal blockbuster is fairly polarizing — “It’s part raptor!” — he’s arguably a hot commodity in Hollywood right now, having been hired to pen scripts for Kong: Skull Island, Jurassic World 2Intelligent Life, and … shudders … Star Wars: Episode IX.

It’s unclear if he’s going to do a full rewrite or doctor up the initial screenplay by del Toro, Zak Penn and Jon Spaihts. Here’s hoping it’s the latter, considering it was del Toro’s baby in the first place, or at the very least some of the original ideas will remain in the final product.

Surprisingly enough, there’s no release date yet for Pacific Rim 2. How old fashioned!