Legendary Pictures has had an up and down track record in recent years. Their successes like Jurassic World, Straight Outta Compton, and Insterstellar have brought a lot of praise, but two of their other big potential franchises have been met with mixed receptions. Pacific Rim and Godzilla both received mostly positive reviews on their way to being financially viable franchises around the world, but in each case there were doubters. That has not stopped Legendary from moving forward with sequels to both films, in addition to jumping onboard the Pokemon Go hype by announcing a movie revolving around Detective Pikachu.
Each of the aforementioned properties are interesting for different reasons, but Legendary is hoping for big things from its video game, robot, and monster movies. Now, in a press release announcing some behind the scenes moves, they have announced official titles for all three.
Best known for his work as Executive Producer on such films as Warner Bros’ The Judge and Watchmen, as well as the recently released Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Paramount, Gains’ responsibilities will include overseeing production of Legendary’s feature film slate including such highly anticipated projects as Pacific Rim: Uprising, Pokemon’s Detective Pikachu and Godzilla: King of Monsters. Gains will also work closely with the post-production team insuring that the filmmaker’s vision remains intact through production to final distribution.
The changes coming at this point should not be any cause for concern, but instead potentially point to what each movie will revolve around. The only film among this group that got an official re-titling was Pacific Rim 2 as it was previously called Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. Now that it is Pacific Rim: Uprising, it could potentially point to John Boyega's character leading an some sort of uprising of his own. However, what is more likely to be the case is hinting towards another monster rising up to unleash mayhem on Earth.
While there is some potential for speculation with Uprising, Pokemon's Detective Pikachu and Godzilla:King of Monsters leave little room for that. The Pokemon title is hardly a surprise as previous reports pointed towards Detective Pikachu being the focus of the story, while King of Monsters will just reassure Godzilla fans that he will have plenty of monsters to fight next time around and also remind everyone how his past battles have faired. Only Uprising is currently in production, and it could be a few more years before either of the other properties make it to theaters.
- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019