With the release of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, this was one of the biggest weekend of the year for everyone at Giant Freakin’ Robot. There are plenty more science fiction movies filling out the rest of the year, but I seriously doubt anything else will match that flick’s Earthbound scale, at least in theaters. The video above does a pretty good job of teasing with a “Godzilla vs. Jaeger” future would look like if the King of the Monsters ever entered into the fictional sphere of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, or vice versa.
It seems like the world should have been full of Godzilla and Pacific Rim mash-ups, given how much conversation involved potential future crossovers. (Hell, maybe a ton of them do exist and I just couldn’t be bothered.) In any case, this MovieClips original is pretty much the epitome of what a multi-giant film should look like. Bryan Cranston. Idris Elba. Godzilla. Giant robots. CITIES DESTROYED! There should be a cinema out there somewhere that just plays these two movies back to back, 24 hours a day, as if it were the most natural thing in the world.
Of course, what a mash-up of these two films would also bring to the table is wooden acting, uninteresting dialogue, and some of the loopiest decision-making in blockbuster cinema history. Watching Charlie Hunnam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson perform a mind meld sounds like it has as much potential as trying to squeeze beer from bricks.
Honestly though, I’d bum pennies off of strangers to buy a ticket to see these two characters exist in the same universe. It’ll almost certainly never happen, even though the recently announced Godzilla 2 plans might have some people hoping for it. Just don’t go crossing Gipsy Danger’s giant fingers.
Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull, who oversaw both tentpoles, recently spoke to I Am Rogue about the prospects of a Pacific Rim 2. He was predictably choosy with his words, not really saying more or less than he ever has. Tull mentions that even though Pacific Rim didn’t reach box office expectations, it still made money, and that they aren’t interested in making a sequel just to make a sequel.
“If there’s another great story to tell with Guillermo [del Toro, director of Pacific Rim] then we’re all over it because we think it’s really hard to create one of these things from scratch,” Tull said. “If we can crack the story, we all think it’s great, and it’s him at the helm, then fantastic. But right now there’s nothing going on officially to proclaim.”
So never say never, but don’t just assume that this is a done deal either. Enjoy the mash-up and go on about your MUTO-crushing day.