If you were eagerly anticipating the release of Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to the 2014 giant robots fighting monsters film Pacific Rim, we have some bad news for you. The movie, most recently scheduled for a February 23, 2018 release has been pushed back a month to March 23.
If Uprising had stayed with its original release date, it would have faced no major competition at the box office in its opening weekend. However, just one week later, it would have gone head-to-head with Marvel’s Black Panther. Now, not only will it have to fend off Lionsgate’s Robin Hood on opening weekend, it also faces some significant second-weekend competition from Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is set a decade after the original, which took place in 2025 and stars John Boyega as the son of Idris Elba’s character, who sacrificed his life in the first film. The cast is rounded out with Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, and Charlie Day.
If you’re bummed about the delays, remember that this isn’t the first time Pacific Rim: Uprising has faced issues. Legendary and Universal originally scheduled the release for April 7, 2017 which then became Aug. 4, 2017 before deciding in 2015 to put the project on hold. At least the movie is being made so we have that going for us. But until then, go watch the trailer a few times.