A 'Pacific Rim' Crossover With 'Godzilla' and 'King Kong' Is Possible

Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 11:04AM
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Saturday, 21 October 2017 - 11:04AM
A 'Pacific Rim' Crossover With 'Godzilla' and 'King Kong' Is Possible
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The giant monster/giant mecha genres are not too discriminating - they all need something to smash, so it might make things easier for the kaiju designers if the monsters and robots just started smashing each other.

Which is possible, as Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight has claimed that the giant robot house which Guillermo del Toro built with Pacific Rim could eventually join into Legendary Pictures' "Monsterverse," which currently consists of 2014's Godzilla and this past year's Kong: Skull Island in a single, shared universe (Godzilla and King Kong will eventually fight in 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong). 

Speaking to Collider, DeKnight said there's been some discussion on the matter within Legendary Pictures, and that if a crossover does happen, it would come after the third Pacific Rim movie, which is unsurprisingly also being planned:

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"I won't say there's an Easter Egg but there's been a lot of discussion about that possibility [of crossing over]. Look, I think it would be fantastic to have the Pacific Rim universe join Legendary's Monster Universe, it seems like a natural step. And part of the big overall plan after the third movie we've talked about is that could happen, it's always a possibility. It's by far not a certainty; it's merely theoretical at this point, but as a fan myself I would love to see that happen."
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So it is indeed far from an actual thing right now, but it's still a big story that directors are actually discussing it. And since all three movie franchises are a part of Legendary Pictures (and thus, part of Warner Bros.), this actually wouldn't be too difficult.

Although there's still a few caveats that could complicate an otherwise easy crossover. Legendary recently moved from Warner Bros. to Universal Studios, and in a strange contractual agreementGodzilla and King Kong will stay with Warner Bros., while Pacific Rim Uprising will be published by Universal. They're all still being made by Legendary, but it means legal problems might be the biggest monster that the jaegers and Godzilla go up against. 


But if it somehow does work out, years down the line, this could turn out better than anyone expected. After all, Pacific Rim, Kong: Skull Island, and to a lesser extent Godzilla, all turned out much better than anyone expected. None of them were great movies, but Pacific Rim and Kong especially realized that audiences were expecting a fun movie, and they avoided all that gritty nonsense in favor of colorful monsters and giant action set pieces, which worked out fantastically. 

Godzilla didn't do that, but it has time to cheer up before this hypothetical crossover.

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And this isn't the first time the idea has been discussed, since Guillermo del Toro was geeking out over a jaeger vs. Godzilla fight back in 2015, although he ultimately dropped out of Uprising to go work on his original film The Shape of WaterIt's hard to tell how far along the idea has come since then (probably not that far), but it's been on the table for awhile.

So if this crossover does end up happening, it's great that it's pulling together all these franchises which are best handled by indulging fans and not taking themselves too seriously - both are things that crossover stories are exceedingly good at. If it never does happen, at least we'll still have lots of separate robot/monster movies. And Godzilla and King Kong will still fight no matter what, so hopefully that movie ends up being worth it.

Pacific Rim Uprising comes out March 23, 2018.

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