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.
eSports began with the popular PC game Starcraft and players from South Korea who dominated the game online with their fierce ability to use the games hot-keys fast and furiously. Over the last few years, eSports have seen a significant rise in interest and popularity especially thanks to League of Legends, a PC game where players compete against each other with mages, fighters, and assassins inside an online battle arena. The game has spawned various annual tournaments that are streamed live on the web via twitch.tv. eSports as a whole continues to see bigger and bigger turnouts with higher ratings and more teams every season. As of June 2016, League of Legends has had $29,203,916 USD in prize money, 4,083 Players, and 1,718 tournaments
It was only a matter of time before Hollywood jumped on the bandwagon with a film about competitive gaming tournaments. Variety reports Will Ferrell is attached to star in a comedy that takes place in the world of eSports for Legendary Entertainment.
Ferrell will play an older gamer who is still able to compete with the younger generation despite his slowing hand-eye coordination. Popular eSport players Evil Geniuses and Fnatic are in talks to appear in the film.
Gary Sanchez and Mosaic will produce the film with a script written by Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn. Patrick Connelly and John Beach of Gravity Squared will co-produce.
An official synopsis has not yet been released but according to Variety, the film will take in the eSports world in the vein of Ferrell’s Nascar comedy Talladega Nights.
Currently, the film does not have a release date.
SOURCES: VARIETY, TECHVIBES