Pacific Rim 2, Guillermo del Toro's sequel to his 2013 sci-fi mecha-Kaiju mash-up (codenamed Maelstrom) was originally set to release August 4th, 2017. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case as Universal Pictures have favored Pitch Perfect 3 for that release date, bumping Maelstrom out. When Legendary Pictures partnered up with Universal, many of their intellectual properties shifted over as well and with Universal being the distribution body for future Legendary productions, they ultimately have the final say as to when a film gets released.
In a statement from Universal, they clarify that the project is merely being relocated to a more appropriate date, in order to give it the attention it deserves:
“Legendary’s ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2017, will be redated at a later time. The filmmakers, Legendary and Universal Pictures are committed to having ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ the sequel to 2013’s ‘Pacific Rim,’ which generated more $411 million at the global box office, be the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves. To this end, the decision was made to delay the production and release of ‘Pacific Rim’ so that the creative team can continue in its efforts to exceed the amazing experience of the first film.”
Production on Pacific Rim 2 was originally set to begin this November in Toronto, Canada. However, it's looking like that too will be delayed. Once a new release date is announced we will be sure to keep you updated.