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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