One of the coolest rumors floating around this past year was that Legendary Pictures had plans to eventually bring Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim into the universe of both King Kong and Godzilla. The rumor was shot down but it’s legitimately not that unrealistic considering Legendary is behind all three franchises, which are all alive and well (for now).
Steven S. DeKnight (“Daredevil”) is at the helm of Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel that stars John Boyega as the son of Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost. Set for release March 23, 2018, they’re already planning a third film, which maybe, just maybe, could bridge the monsters into the world of Kong and Godzilla.
“Oh we definitely leave it open to another installment,” DeKnight told Collider. “The tricky thing with something like this is you want to not end on a cliffhanger. You don’t want an Empire Strikes Back cliffhanger unless you know you’re gonna do a third movie—you want to leave it open but also wrap it up. So that’s very much what we did on this movie. It has a definitive ending but very much open to the next chapter.”
In regards to the crossover rumor, DeKnight confirmed “discussions” of the possibility:
“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.”
It’s a little insane to even be talking about this when the sequel still isn’t out and they’re talking about this happening after a third. Then there’s Michael Dougherty‘s (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus) Godzilla sequel, King of Monsters, in post-production for release on March 22, 2019, with the Adam Wingard-directed Godzilla vs. Kong slated for 2020.
If anything, I think it’s all going to be contingent on how well all three of these franchises perform over the next few years. Let’s have this discussion again in 2020?