Could the Pacific Rim director's giant robots ever face off with the World's Most Famous Giant Lizard?
Del Toro's got his own giant monsters at work in his upcoming epic, which pits the beasts (called "kaiju," after the classic Japanese monsters like Godzilla) against massive mechanical fighters known as "Jaegers." But those monsters don't have the history or the name recognition of Godzilla, and the Internet has not failed to notice that Pacific Rim and director Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot are both being produced at Legendary PIctures.
So given that both properties are owned by the same company, and that they're both highly anticipated potential blockbusters, a crossover would be a dream, right? Here's what del Toro said when he was asked about the possibility:
"So far with the [Pacific Rim] sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans. Hypothetically, I would love the f@#$ 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."
He sounds just as excited about the possibility as we are, but it also seems like the practicalities of film production will keep it from happening. Still, we thought we were done with Star Wars movies, and look how that turned out.
So even if it doesn't happen, how face-meltingly awesome would a Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla battle be?