Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Lands 2017 Release Date (Video)

Universal is taking over the sequel from Warner Bros. and Zak Penn will write the script with the director

Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have announced they will release Guillermo del Toro‘s “Pacific Rim 2” worldwide on Friday, April 7, 2017 in both in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Del Toro returns to direct the sequel, which he’ll co-write with Zak Penn.

Thanks to its deal with Legendary, Universal inherits the popular sci-fi franchise from Warner Bros., which released the first film in July 2013.

Produced for a hefty $190 million, “Pacific Rim” struggled to gross $100 million at the domestic box office, though it was a major hit overseas, taking in $309 million, including $112 million from China.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni once again produce alongside del Toro, Mary Parent and Callum Greene, while Jillian Share will executive produce.

Watch del Toro’s video announcement, in which he discusses other projects (including an animated series) set within the “Pacific Rim” universe that was originally created by Travis Beacham.