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‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Director Thinks Crossover with ‘Godzilla’ and ‘King Kong’ Possible

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Director Thinks Crossover with ‘Godzilla’ and ‘King Kong’ Possible

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?



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  • Robert Heeg

    Um no. Pacific Rim was terrible and barely got a sequel. Uprising will likely make less $ than the first. Meanwhile Legendary’s Monster universe has plenty of potential, Kong Skull Island was great and at least 15 minutes of Godzilla was awesome. Stop trying to make Pacific Rim a thing, keep them seperate.

    • cn0122

      I disagree. I think Pacific Rim was a great Kajiu movie and accomplished exactly what it set out to do. This new movie…I’ll wait until I see it.

      • Robert Heeg

        I especially love the bad acting, cringe-worthy dialogue, and ending stolen straight out of Independence Day. Del Toro hasn’t made a good movie since Hellboy 2.

        • cn0122

          Good for you ! And I disagree !

      • Josh Nitsche

        I liked it too, cn0122. It was much darker than this new one. I’m kinda disappointed.

    • Simon Allen

      Skull Island was an ABOMINATION .

  • zombie84_41

    i don’t want to wait anymore for godzilla 🙁 and I hope this does crossover. I love myself some good kajiu movies.

  • No

  • Christopher Nickerson

    Love Godzilla, love Pacific Rim. Dear God please no crossover

  • dukeblues

    Let’s hope not. PR is not worthy

    • chronikheckler

      Sorry Duke, but, IMHO, Del Toro’s Pacific-Rim is MORE than worthy of a smash-up with the Big-G.

      It’s just that DeKnight’s follow-up looks sooooo bad that I can’t imagine his version of Jaeger/Power-Rangers being worth-while for a team-up with Godzilla.

  • chronikheckler

    If it was the majestic, awe-inspiring and incredible war-machines from Del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM, than I would be all “HELL YES! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!”

    But DeKnight’s slimmer, acrobatic and flat-looking Power-Rangers wannabes can just stay in their own little universe for all I care.

    (And besides, even if it did happen, all they’d do is slap another POS rap-song to the trailer anyway…) SMH.

    • J Jett

      chronikheckler, i agree w/ you 100%!

  • TheMuppetManiac

    It makes no sense for a crossover. They are set in two totally different worlds. I think it would hurt what the Legendary Monster’s Universe is trying to create.

    • Saturn

      Easily enough done – the characters from the PR movies could find a new breach, and go through that and appear in the world with the Big G and King K.

      • TheMuppetManiac

        Yes, but the Godzilla and Kong movies are a bit more grounded in reality. Pacific Rim is a bit more fantastic. I don’t know if they’d want to do that.

        • MrX13

          Kong and Godzilla are monster action movies and PR is too much sci-fi and is not needed in the monster universe. The world (in the movie) just needs to know that Godzilla and Kong need to keep the balance between the monsters and humans. So there is no need to build robots to fight them.

          As it was mentioned in the Godzilla movie: “Let them fight”

  • J Jett

    HELL NO!! i loved GODZILLA 2014. PR2 looks (i hate to say) god awful! LOL. now if it was Del Toro who was wanting this crossover and he’d be the one to direct it then i’d be 100% on board with the crossover but not this PR2 Saturday morning Power Rangers/Transformers hybrid.

    • Simon Allen

      I didn’t think the Pacific Rim franchise could get any worse …..but hold on tight because here we go ……..!!

  • OkayOkay

    It’d make sense since they all stink.

  • Alanmac

    PLEEEEEEEEEASE don’t let this happen!!!!!!! Pacific Rim was terrible and the sequel looks 100 times worse.

  • Matheus Martins

    If this was Deltoro’s Pacific Rim, i would be more than fucking happy for a crossover, but this new edgy teenage power ranger/transformers slaanesh abomination gets a big no no no for me.

    HOPE IT SINKS

    • El_Fez

      Or, oh I dont know, wait until we get more information about the movie than 30 seconds of trailer? Actually see the movie before wishing death upon the franchise?

      • J Jett

        nothing shown in this sequel’s trailer looks even remotely good. i don’t need to see the film to know i already hate every single thing in this trailer.

        • El_Fez

          Because of course there has never been a movie that has had mishandled marketing and shitty trailers.

      • Simon Allen

        I wished death on the franchise when my eyes bled watching the original crapfest in 3D .

    • Totally agree with u plus I don’t want Boyega crossing over and fucking up multiple franchises

    • Simon Allen

      Sinks or Stinks ?
      I think both wishes will come true .

  • Simon Allen

    YUK !!!! why is this trash gonna jump on board with boring Kong and totally ruin Godzilla ?
    For me Godzilla is the only one of the three franchises with any hope left .
    Hasn’t Hollywood learned from the terrible box office this year that franchises need treating with care because gone are the days when people will keep swallowing any old crap .
    Stop mashing shit up and leave Godzilla in his own universe .
    I am already dreading Kong v Godzilla .

  • MrX13

    Pacific Rim shouldn’t cross over with the King Kong/Godzilla Universe. It wouldn’t make sense. There is no need to add giant, man-made robots against the monsters. Kong and Godzilla are the king of monsters and need to keep things in check.

    The PR movie was a decent movie but this new one looks like it’s too much. Not even sure why a sequel was made. However, this cross-over shouldn’t happen

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