Originally, star of the sequel to Pacific Rim, John Boyega, posted a photo of the film’s script with the title Pacific Rim: Maelstrom but a new press release from Legendary announcing Herbert W. Gaines as the new EVP of Physical Production confirms the film is actually titled Pacific Rim: Uprising. The title itself offers no more insight into the sequel than we already assumed which takes us back to the kaiju ridden Earth Guillermo Del Toro introduced us to back in 2014. Clearly, Raleigh (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) closing the interdimensional rift isn’t enough to stop the kaiju from drifting into our world. Boyega leads the sequel as the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) who is curiously absent from the film. Del Toro will not be returning to direct the sequel either. Instead, Steven S. Deknight (Daredevil) will helm the film. Pacific Rim: Uprising is currently slated to hit theaters February 23, 2018.
The press release also confirms that Godzilla 2 has officially been titled Godzilla: King of Monsters named after the American release of the Japanese original Godzilla, King of Monsters! The title hints at the upcoming battle that pits King Kong — who will be first introduced in Kong: Skull Island — against Godzilla from the 2014 film directed by Gareth Edwards. With Edwards due for a long deserved nap after completing his Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Legendary has brought on Michael Dougherty (Krampus) to direct the film. Currently, Godzilla: King of Monsters is aiming for a March 22, 2019, release date.