Godzilla vs King Kong may have killed Pacific Rim 2

Godzilla vs King Kong

There seem to be a lot of sad jaeger fans this week, and many of them were shocked when they heard news that the next Guillmero Del Toro giant robot movie would be on indefinite hiatus. News broke earlier this week in a new update on Legendary Pictures’ path towards reuniting two of cinema’s biggest stars. When we last heard, Legendary’s Thomas Tull was in the midst of moving his King Kong reboot from Universal over to Warner Brothers. With Godzilla already under the Warner Brothers banner, moving Kong over would just make things easier if they were to go forward with Godzilla vs King Kong. With the recent report, it appears that Tull was able to finalize the deal with the move and plans have already been put into place to connect the upcoming Kong: Skull Island to Gareth Edward’s 2014 film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Tull had plans for the new King Kong film to include the Monarch organization that appears in the first Godzilla film, which specializes in abnormally large creatures. Universal was not too keen on the idea, since it would reference to a film outside of the studio. Now that the move has been finalized, you can more than likely expect to see Monarch and possibly even Ken Watanabe’s character in the King Kong reboot.

Oddly enough, in the same report it was revealed that the long-awaited Pacific Rim 2 would be on put on hold for the foreseeable future. The film was slated to be released in 2017 and reports came out earlier this year that production was suspected to begin in November, so why the sudden change of heart? According to the official release they didn’t want to put up the cash in order to make the 2nd film. While the first Pacific Rim built a sizable fan base, the film did not perform as well as they had hoped domestically($101m), and a majority of the film’s box-office revenue came from overseas($309m,) the film still under-performed for its sizable budget ($190m.)

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While the report says one thing, many believe that the main reason that the studio decided to hold off on the sequel to Pacific Rim, is the recent development with Godzilla vs King Kong. Earlier reports claimed that if all the pieces fell into place, the studio would move very quickly on their plans to get the two film icons to face-off, with King Kong releasing in 2017 and the sequel to Godzilla hitting theaters the following year. While Pacific Rim does have a fan base, it is not a sure-fire hit in the same capacity that a Godzilla vs King Kong film would do.

Godzilla and King Kong are two of the biggest monster movie franchises, with the original 1969 film setting a box-office record that Toho has still yet to surpass to this day. Toho tried for years to get the rights back so they could do a sequel to the first film, but was never able to secure the rights. Given the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it only makes sense that Legendary would want their own Cinematic Universe. Especially given that news came out last year that the next Godzilla film may include Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah.

Recently, Guillmero Del Toro responded to the news and claims that Pacific Rim 2 is not dead, and that he plans to turn in a script within three weeks. He states that he may have one more movies to do before tackling Pacific Rim 2, but also acknowledges that the movies he makes are both costly and not sure-fire hits.

I can tell you this, if I was a billionaire, I would definitely do Hellboy 3, Pacific Rim 2, and At the Mountains of Madness. And I would quickly become a millionaire.

Ultimately, it is up to Legendary if the film gets made or not, being that they own the rights to the film. With next big three movies already panning out, it doesn’t seem likely that Legendary would choose the next Pacific Rim anytime soon. Not to mention that they are also fast-tracking the sequel to Jurassic World. Whether or not Pacific Rim 2 is dead in the water, we will probably find out soon enough. Stay tuned.

Would you rather see King Kong vs Godzilla or Pacific Rim 2? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Baxtersbay

    “Being that” is not good grammar. You should not include it in articles, especially ones that are this interesting. I’d rather see PR2 because Kong is too small to fight Godzilla.

    • Stier

      In Japan, a version of Kong was Godzilla’s size in 1962. I see no reason a larger Kong couldn’t continue to exist in the same world as the regular-sized Kong. Especially with all of the radioactivity levels, aliens, and genetic mutations that Godzilla films seem to come up with. His shear strength wouldn’t even require him to be Godzilla’s size.
      The only thing to be concerned about is whether Kong is smart or fast enough to dodge repeated thermonuclear breath attacks. Fur and hair fires spread rapidly.

      P.S. For the love of God, PLEASE don’t put Kong against Zilla (Rolland Emerich’s/TriStar abomination) just because the sizes are more comparable.
      P.S.S. I wouldn’t complain about a Godzilla vs Jaeger either as long as another rift doesn’t just magically open and dump generic kaiju randomly to interrupt the battle forcing Man and Godzilla to work together. That storyline has been overplayed for many decades.

  • Angelo Brattoli

    Given that King Kong would require a total redesign due to the size difference, I have no interest in King Kong versus Godzilla. Leave King Kong alone. Gosh, I hate when studios do stuff like this.

    Pacific Rim 2 please and honestly, you can integrate Godzilla in seamlessly and he can keep his signature “savior of the world” persona and STILL have to fight the Jaegers.

  • Nick G

    Although I have been a fan of Godzilla for decades, and the big hairy gorilla also holds a place in my heart, I just can’t get that excited about a possible “vs.” film. If one is made I would definitely see it, but only out of curiosity and fan devotion. What I would love to see happen soon is a sequel to Pacific Rim. The first film was a complete nerdgasm for me and with that ending I have been waiting breathlessly for the sequel. Pacific Rim, for me, set a new standard on what I expect out of giant monster/robot type films. It had everything that I was looking for in a summer popcorn movie.

  • jonezy

    Pacific rim 2. No contest

  • AJ

    If we’re talking Guillermo movie sequels-why not a sequel to Predators??? He adapted that movie quite well for the modern time. Plus it’s something that would translate a lot better, especially since Alien 5 is rumored to be in production. Besides an explanation or even further exploration of the “Game preserve-planet” is definitely in order. Not to mention a better connect to the point movies.
    That being said, PR wasn’t that bad, but not that great either. It seemed like a good test run for a possible Gundam/Big O movie. But what fanboy wouldn’t want to see a re-imagining of one of the most iconic and classic monster showdowns in movie history??

  • Cassandra Castaldo-Glowacki

    Waiting patiently for the next ‘Riddick’ film…

  • Adrian Taylor

    I would much rather spend the money to watch PR2 over King Kong vs. Godzilla any day. Kong by himself is a good movie. Godzilla by himself is also a good movie. The two together worst idea ever!!!

  • Atlas

    Kong is too small. And scaling him up to Godzilla size would just be silly. Though I suppose he could be like the male MUTO, small, but very agile, but still, Godzilla would win. Why not Pacific Rim/Godzilla, if you need a crossover. Godzilla could fight Jaegers, and Kaiju. That would be fair.