Although Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim didn’t perform as well as other giant summer blockbusters like Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, and Star Trek Into Darkness, there’s still a chance that Warner Bros. could make a sequel if the giant science fiction movie continues to perform well overseas, especially in China. Whether that happens or not, we’ll get the second half of Hollywood’s giant-monsters phase next year with Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla, which is due to hit theaters in May 2014. While both Guillermo del Toro and Gareth Edwards have acknowledged each other’s monster movies, the idea of both universes crossing over in one movie is just too good to resist.
Considering that the Internet is a vast realm of infinite imagination, Japanese genre fan/YouTuber “honda brigit” took the opportunity to re-mix the Pacific Rim trailer in the style of a monster movie from Toho Studios in the 1950s. The result is an amazing mix of classic Godzilla with the modern Pacific Rim.
The above trailer really captures the essence of Toho monster movies from the 1950s. Even down to the shaky zoom0in shots and color degradation, the Pacific Rim/Godzilla hybrid is damn near perfect! Both Pacific Rim and Godzilla were announced around the same time, and from the same movie studio and distributor, so it seems fitting that the Internet decided to merge the two properties together. It’s still a matter of time before the Japanese monster movie trend will take Hollywood by storm, but it’s good to know that we have movies like Pacific Rim and Godzilla.
Recently, director Gareth Edwards explained how he will ground the Godzilla reboot in reality, while at the same time paying tribute to the aforementioned Toho Studios. It’s clear that Edwards has an affinity for the King of Monsters, so it will be interesting to see if audiences in the United States share that same kind of enthusiasm. Something tells me American audiences might be more willing to accept Godzilla than Pacific Rim, thanks to Godzilla’s long history in American pop culture.
As for Pacific Rim, the film is getting closer to becoming a worldwide box office hit. At the moment, Pacific Rim has grossed $225.2 million worldwide, with the film set for release in China today, July 31. If the Kaiju movie does well in China, there’s a chance Warner Bros. might indeed greenlight a sequel film. Pacific Rim was almost made with Chinese audiences in mind. One of the badass Jaegers in the film is the towering Chinese Crimson Typhoon, and much of the film’s climax takes place in Hong Kong. Let’s hope Chinese audiences are more receptive to Pacific Rim than general audiences in the States.
The Pacific Rim trailer re-mix is something special. It just makes me want to watch an entire movie in the Toho Studios style.