Let’s pretend you can only like the new Godzilla or last year’s Pacific Rim. Not both or neither.
It’s easy for me, because I actually have a huge preference. I was really bored during the latter and on the edge of my seat with wonder during the former. Guillermo Del Toro’s kaiju vs. jaeger movie has cool-looking visuals done unimaginatively, whereas Gareth Edwards does amazing and clever things with the frame in his reboot of the King of the Monsters.
I say reboot becase with expectations for a huge opening this weekend, Godzilla is sure to get a sequel. Many fans hope it’ll pit the giant lizard against Mothra. I think it should be a creature that doesn’t fly, because we just got that with the MUTOs. Maybe it ought to be Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. That would sure show the fans and makers of Pacific Rim, to do a monster/robot battle.
Of course, both movies were actually made by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros., so there’s no reason for competition. Yet there are sure to be many who’d prefer Pacific Rim 2, in spite of the fact that it’s total domestic gross was about what Godzilla will earn in its opening weekend (name recognition does matter!) and the fact that it received slightly worse reviews (both are fresh on Rotten Tomatoes).
Legendary would love to do a sequel to Pacific Rim, but not just to do one. Slashfilm relays a recent quote from the production company’s CEO, Tomas Tull, where he says they’re in no hurry and will only do a part 2 if Del Toro has another great story to tell. “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,” he said.
Meanwhile, Godzilla 2 will probably be greenlit by Monday morning, with no script or even an idea in place.
How about this, though: the two properties combine as a battle between Godzilla and the jaegers, but Edwards is in charge of the former and Del Toro is in charge of the latter. Is there any technology out yet that will allow two filmmakers to compete against each other in a single project? Maybe like what Ken Kwapis and Marisa Silver did for He Said, She Said, except more intertwined and action-packed.
Which franchise should be extended, if only one, Godzilla or Pacific Rim?
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