Guillermo Del Toro launched a brand new franchise hopeful in 2013 by bringing giant robots and monsters together for Pacific Rim. Despite the talent involved and the bold scope that the film worked with, domestic audiences did not show up in big numbers for the epic clash. Instead, it was the international audiences that made the first installment a success worthy of a sequel, and now Pacific Rim: Uprising is officially a go. Del Toro and most of the original cast are not returning, but Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day will be the exceptions.
Taking over the reigns for this sequel is former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, who has assembled a mostly new and young cast led by Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega. DeKnight has also brought aboard some familiar faces from his Spartacus past, and has now brought along his Daredevil composer as well.
Film Music Reporter (via Heroic Hollywood) has revealed that John Paesano has officially signed on to compose the film's score. Outside of Netflix's Daredevil TV series, Paesano's other credits include work on the entire Maze Runner trilogy and sport dramas My All-American and When the Game Stands Tall. Paesano replaces Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones) as the series' composer.
DeKnight bringing a composer he is familiar with into the sequel is not an uncommon practice for directors to take. Thanks to their previous working relationship, Paesano already knows the type of sound that DeKnight likes and dislikes, which could take some of the trial and error out of his composing schedule. Now, he should be able to find the desired sound quicker than other composers, making one more part of the post-production process easier for everyone involved - especially DeKnight as a first time film director.
Not much about the film's plot has so far surfaced, but recent set photos showed Boyega in a newly designed Jaeger pilot suit. With the film just over a year away from hitting theaters, there is plenty of time for Legendary to promote the film and get these plot details out in the open. For the time being, they are likely trying to keep those under wraps until filming has been completed. Given the fact the film only began filming in November, these details could still be a few months away, and eager fans could have to wait until the first trailer to learn much about the plot. As long as DeKnight and his crew deliver more fights between the Jaegers and their monstrous foes, audiences should be mostly pleased with how it turns out.