Pacific Rim‘s giant robots fighting the King of All Monsters, Godzilla: could it really happen? No, of course not. But somebody down here loved you enough to mash up the two monster disaster flicks into one trailer, and the result is terrific.
When Pacific Rim touched down in theaters last year, it delivered on what it promised: giant frickin’ robots fighting giant frickin’ monsters. The only conceivable way one could have been disappointed is if one had expected even more giant, even more frickin’ robots and monsters. Still, Pacific Rim had a rough reception domestically, garnering only $100 million in the United States. Guillermo del Torol’s massive monster mash scored bigger overseas, netting more than $300 million in receipts.
Pacific Rim‘s domestic haul, though, is likely to be miniscule in comparison to Godzilla. The King of the Monsters stomped all over the competition and pulled in $93 million in its first weekend. Overseas, Godzilla gobbled up another $100 million for its opening weekend. What are simple men in nuclear-powered giant robots to do in the face of such destruction? Maybe hope for a sequel?
That’s not too far off, actually, as del Toro is said to be working on the screenplay for a Pacific Rim sequel. Thomas Tull heads up Legendary Pictures, the studio that put out the first film, and he said earlier this week that Pacific Rim 2 is a definite possibility.
“We’re not just going to do Pacific Rim 2 to do it,” Tull told I Am Rogue. “Right now we’re talking to Guillermo del Toro. 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.”
Alack and alas. Godzilla will rampage with impunity for the near future, it seems.
While a Pacific Rim follow-up is still up in the air, Godzilla‘s future going forward is virtually certain. There will be more. Following the monster opening weekend, the rumors are already flying regarding a Godzilla sequel. And it’s not just new buildings for Godzilla to smash; unlike Pacific Rim, the current box office king built in the possibility of spin-offs and sequels with different monsters popping up in the film.
And what of the possibility suggested by the above video? Pacific Rim‘s Jaegers punching Godzilla and the rest of the Monster Island Crew in the mandibles and jaws? No, really, it’s not going to happen. Just go back and watch the fan trailer again and dream of what could have been.