Between Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and the impending Godzilla reboot, it’s a promising time for giant freakin’ monsters. But while the two movies won’t even share the same year of release, at least one person is already dreaming of ways to connect them. And by connect them I mean “a Pacific Rim mech punching Godzilla in the throat.”
To be fair, a Pacific Rim/Godzilla crossover movie is likely just a fanboy pipe dream, but you never know. Legendary Pictures is helping produce both, so maybe they’ll decide it’s time for the giant monster equivalent of The Avengers. But if it is just a fanboy pipe dream, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is one of those fanboys. At WonderCon last week, Collider caught up with del Toro and asked him about Pacific Rim 2, and the chances of that hypothetical Godzilla crossover actually happening.
So far with the sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans. Hypothetically, I would love the fuck out of it. I would love to see a jaeger and Godzilla duke it out. That would be too much for the human brain. But I don’t think there are plans on that. I don’t even know what direction they’re taking Godzilla in. I know somewhat that it’s grounded differently. Pacific Rim, my aspiration was, the color, the saturation of color, was almost an acid-drip version of the Heavy Metal coloring that I loved when Richard Corben was working there, when [Jean-Claude] Forest was working there. Super bright, super saturated, the crazy color and aesthetic. And Godzilla is more realistic, somewhat. That’s my thinking. That’s what I’ve heard. I don’t even know which way they’re going.
Can I just take a moment to appreciate the fact that we’re discussing the “realism” of movies about monsters the size of office buildings? Just another day at GFR.
In all seriousness, from what we know about both projects, a crossover would definitely require a bit of narrative acrobatics to fit the two mythologies together. And honestly, at this point I’d much prefer the Godzilla guys stay focused on making a good Godzilla movie. Although now that I think about it, I would like to see Gipsy Danger rip the wings off Mothra. Can we get the Cloverfield critter into this mix as well? Just no shaky-cam please.
Pacific Rim stomps into theaters on July 12th, and Godzilla is slated for May 16, 2014.