After a setback or two, Legendary's Pacific Rim 2 took a great leap forward recently when it announced John Boyega as its star, and now it's taking another one: according to Deadline, it's now officially official that Steven DeKnight's Pacific Rim 2 will arrive on February 23, 2018.
If you're wondering, the answer is yes: that release date means Pacific Rim 2 will open just one week after Marvel's Black Panther. That's...uh...that's a bold move, Legendary. An exceptionally bold move.
Right now, all we know about Pacific Rim 2 is that John Boyega will play the son of Idris Elba's Pacific Rim character, Stacker Pentecost. This report, from mid-2015, suggests that the Pacific Rim sequel was once called Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, and would have focused more on the Kaijus. I wonder if those details were scrapped once Guillermo del Toro climbed out of the director's seat? Hm.
Anyway, we'll find out in 2018. Probably in-between screenings of Black Panther.