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After many rumors, it is now official that Pacific Rim 2 has been put on hold indefinitely. Universal put out the following statement last week.

“Legendary’s ‘Pacific Rim 2,’ originally scheduled for release on August 4, 2017, will be re-dated 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.”

Going in the Aug. 4 slot is Pitch Perfect 3, the second film having made a ton of money earlier this year. This is hardly a surprise, as Universal and Legendary pictures have been having disagreements. This comes a few weeks after the upcoming Kong: Skull Island moved to Warner Brothers. Perhaps this is a studio recourse due to Legendary taking their ape movie elsewhere. Much of when or if Pacific Rim 2 will come out will have to do with the upcoming Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Torro’s horror romance film. Torro directed the first Pacific Rim, which did not pull in nearly as much as it should have with its $190 million budget. Yet, in an age where giant monster films are coming back with Godzilla 2 and Kong: Skull Island, it is very likely that Pacific Rim 2 will see the light of the day, if not when Guillermo would like it.

The most anticipated film, save for The Force Awakens, Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice has just received its rating. PG13 like most major blockbusters, hopefully director Zack Snyder will keep the grittiness of the dark Batman that has been promised. Man of Steel was PG-13, but still had neck snaps and planetary destruction to a very effective use. So the PG13 rating should not detract from the content. Yet in a world where an R rated Deadpool film is being released, it would have been nice to see some serious gore and violence to the full effect with an R-rating, but this is what DVD special features are for.

In other news, the first trailer for The Angry Birds Movie has dropped. Depicting the classic birds from the original popular mobile video game, The Angry Birds Movie features the voice cast of Jason Sudekis, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage.

Coming out May 20 2016, The Angry Birds Movie comes out in the same month as X Men Apocalypse and Captain America Civil War.

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