The Pacific Rim, Godzilla, King Kong crossover fans have dreamed may be closer to happening then previously thought, with discussions of such a crossover confirmed to have taken place. Subsidiary studio Legendary has produced some of the biggest tentpoles over the last several years since 2005. Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Man of Steel, 300, The Hangover, and more have all come from this studio, but they've also dived into the realm of monsters as of late.
Legendary helped bring Guillermo del Toro's Kaiju fighting Pacific Rim to theaters with Warner Bros. in 2013, before they then brought back Godzilla in 2014 (again with WB). They also made a deal to with Universal to bring Kong: Skull Island to WB as well, setting the groundwork for Godzilla vs Kong in 2020. As it turns out, Pacific Rim may yet join crossover with that pair of giant monsters too.
Collider spoke to Pacific Rim Uprising director Steven S. DeKnight about the possibility of these three franchises crossing over, and it is actually something that has been discussed - to a degree. While DeKnight would not go as far as to say they will definitely be crossing over at some point, he says it is something that has been talked about and is absolutely an option moving forward:
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.
Legendary and Warner Bros. are the linking pieces at this point, as they've distributed Pacific Rim, Godzilla, and Kong: Skull Island - and are scheduled to do the same with Godzilla: King of the Monsters. However, Universal is going to be distributing Pacific Rim Uprising, so that could add another level of complexity to a potential crossover. Given that Legendary was able to reach a deal to move Skull Island to Warner Bros., could the studio strikes a similar bargain with Universal and Pacific Rim at some point?
Thankfully, the idea of a crossover is just that (re: an idea) right now, and there is no need to make a rushed decision on the matter. Uprising is still months away from hitting theaters, and DeKnight has made it clear that the Pacific Rim movie franchise is just getting started. Meanwhile, the Godzilla sequel and crossover with Kong will hit theaters in 2019 and 2020 respectively, and the studios may want to wait and see how those separate movies are received before folding them in together with Pacific Rim into a single universe. With all that in mind: a giant robot/monsters crossover of those proportions would absolutely be a spectacle that could pull in the big crowds.
- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) release date: Mar 23, 2018
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020