In an alternate universe, Godzilla could have appeared in the Pacific Rim franchise. Ah, what could have been. This, according to director Steven DeKnight, who revealed that his original idea was to have Pacific Rim 3 connect to Monsterverse, which contains movies like the next Godzilla vs. Kong. That never happened and, in all likelihood, never will.
Steven DeKnight took over the Guillermo del Toro franchise with Pacific Rim: Uprising. The sequel did not perform as well as its predecessor neither critically nor commercially. As such, Legendary Pictures never moved forward with a third installment. So the idea of connecting these two universes never came true. But, responding to a question from a fan on Twitter recently, DeKnight explained that Pacific Rim 3 would have ended up joining MonsterVerse. This is what he had to say about it.
“That was actually my long-term plan. PR3 was structured to end in a way that bridged the two universes.”
Unfortunately, the filmmaker did not elaborate. Therefore, it is not clear how, precisely, Pacific Rim 3 it would have led to a world where Godzilla and King Kong could have appeared alongside the Jaegers. Interestingly, this is something that Guillermo del Toro also recently signed. The filmmaker, in reaction to the trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong, posted the following on Twitter.
“Personally, I love watching neon, naval battles, building demolitions, etc. because secretly – maybe – the PAC RIM Universe coexists in the Legendary Kaijuverse and maybe one day they might rumble!”
Del Toro clarified in a follow-up tweet, adding, “Speaking only as a fan, by the way, there are no plans to return.” So it seems that this is, or at least was, a popular idea. And it makes sense. Legendary co-financed and produced both franchises with Warner Bros. Both involve giant monsters on Earth. Probably different versions of Earth, or so we think. The point is, with the movie universes in vogue, all the pieces were there. Someone just needed to put them together. Steven DeKnight intended to. The world had other plans. Fate did not want a continuation of the franchise on the big screen, given the diminishing financial returns.
The original Pacific Rim, launched in 2013, grossed $ 411 million globally. The sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, released five years in 2018, didn’t fare as well, grossing just $ 290 million. While that didn’t make it the biggest failure in the world, it wasn’t a success either. Especially considering its reported production budget of $ 150 million. However, the franchise will continue elsewhere. Netflix is gearing up to release a new Pacific Rim: The Black anime series title later this year. Who knows? Perhaps since Netflix also produces the Godzilla anime, the two universes may collide in animated form in the future. But seeing it live would be something completely different. Godzilla Vs Kong hits theaters and at HBO Max on March 31. You can see the original post of Steven DeKnight’s Twitter account.
Topics: Pacific Rim 3, Godzilla Vs King Kong, Monsterverse