Could the shared monster universe of Godzilla and King Kong get a lot bigger? The director of the upcoming Pacific Rim sequel seems to think so.
In an interview with Collider, Pacific Rim: Uprising director and former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight was asked if there were any easter eggs in the movie that pointed the way to a possible crossover down the line between the universe of the kaiju creatures explored in the Pacific Rim franchise and the world of monsters that's being developed through movies like 2014's Godzilla and this year's Kong: Skull Island. DeKnight's reply:
“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.”
Since Godzilla himself is the original kaiju, after all, and the monsters he battled in the 2014 movie could have fit fairly smoothly into the Pacific Rim universe, the idea of a crossover is not out of the question. But what was that about a third Pacific Rim movie?
“Oh we definitely leave it open to another installment. 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.”
The idea of a third film is pretty impressive when you recall that the Pacific Rim franchise was all but left for dead after Guillermo del Toro's 2013 original underperformed at the North American box office. Overseas grosses, especially in China, saved the franchise from being abandoned and eventually set the sequel in motion, but now we'll have to see if Uprising can at least repeat the first film's performance if not do better on this side of the Pacific when it comes out next March.
As for that other monster-filled universe, director Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of Monsters is in post-production and on track for a March 2019 release, while indie filmmaker Adam Wingard is just getting his head around directing Godzilla vs. Kong for a May 2020 bow. So any real crossover is still a good four or five years away.
Do you think that the kaiju of Pacific Rim should eventually go head to head with Godzilla, Rodan, and their ilk? Would it make sense that all these giant monsters share the same cinematic space?