As well as both being awesome monster movies, Pacific Rim and Godzilla have a lot in common. They're both produced by Legendary Pictures, they both performed poorly in the US before being a smash hit in the international market. And if rumours are to be believed, they're going to get a crossover film after Godzilla 2 and Pacific Rim 2 smash into cinemas!
Or they could, anyway. With Guillermo Del Toro enthusiastic about the prospect, it's only a matter of time before Legendary realise what a lucrative opportunity this is. But how would a crossover work? And what else can we expect from Godzilla and Pacific Rim's respective sequels?
Sequel News: It's All About The Monsters!
Both Godzilla director Gareth Edwards and Pacific Rim's Guillermo Del Toro are ready to unleash the beasts in their sequels. For Godzilla, this is not a moment too soon. Despite the build-up, the 2014 film featured only 11 minutes of its eponymous monster, focusing instead on two baffling new creatures that Godzilla would eventually fight. This disappointed many fans, but thankfully, Edwards is promising much more from the mutated monster in Godzilla 2!
"I’m writing it now, and it’s really going to be great. I don’t want to go off book and tell you anything that I’m not allowed to tell you. The response to the first film was really exciting, but now that that world is established, we can do bigger and even better things. We’re really stoked."
And Godzilla's not going to be alone. Edwards wants to expand the story's mythology, introducing an island of strange creatures as in the 1968 Japanese Godzilla sequel Destroy All Monsters. His recent Project Monarch short film released at SDCC teased the arrival of much loved monsters Mothra and three headed dragon Ghidorah!
Pacific Rim 2 is also going to expand their mythology, delving deeper into the Kaiju world and revealing more about the aliens' mission to invade Earth, and how they're planning to exact their revenge. We'll also learn more about their technology, according to Del Toro...
"There was this portal that ripped a hole into the fabric of our universe, what were the tools they were using? And we came up with a really, really interesting idea."
And while Godzilla spent ages trying to build a human interest story that didn't necessarily pay off, Pacific Rim 2 will once again focus on the "humanistic" element that gave the first film its emotional depth, balanced of course with badass kaiju battles.
The Case for Crossover: Could It Happen?
Though it might seem to exist only in the realm of fan heaven, a crossover between these two monster movies is not only possible, it might actually be on the way! There's been rumours floating around that Legendary are willing to consider a crossover after the sequels are released, so it'll be a long wait unless they have a surprise in store for Godzilla 2. But for Guillermo Del Toro, it's a definite possibility for Pacific Rim 2.
"So far with the sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans. Hypothetically, I would love the fuck out of it. I would love to see a jaeger and Godzilla duke it out. That would be too much for the human brain."
It's great to know he's on board! And if you can't wait to see what will happen when these two worlds collide, check out this awesome fan made trailer for the crossover.
But with the two films set in different timelines, how could this possibly work? While Godzilla could be re-introduced in a Pacific Rim sequel, first mistaken for a kaiju then recognised as a mutated remnant of the atomic era, this may be too much like a guest star role. The best crossovers contain elements of both stories. Luckily, we already have a vehicle to do this: the portal the Kaiju use to enter our world in Pacific Rim. Using the portal, established characters from the Godzilla universe could come through to Pacific Rim's world, along with Godzilla of course, culminating the most epic team up the movieverse has ever seen!
Until we get more news about the situation, speculation is all we have. So do you think it's a good idea to crossover the films, or would it be too complicated? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!