No, There’s Not Going to be a Godzilla and ‘Pacific Rim’ Crossover
It’s the kind of rumor that looks really great in a headline. What if a Pacific Rim sequel brought Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, into the fold? What if director Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots battled the legendary creature in the ultimate battle royale? The rumor has been gaining steam and we hate to be the ones to burst anyone’s bubble, but this isn’t going to happen.
The source of this story is a Movie Pilot post written two weeks ago. Aggregating quotes from various parties from the Pacific Rim and Godzilla productions, the article treats statements from 2013 and 2014 as new information. It also acts like del Toro spitballing crazy ideas is anything other than him being a big ‘ol nerd. It also attributes quotes from Godzilla 2 screenwriter Max Borenstein to director Gareth Edwards. It also doesn’t provide links to any of the quotes, which makes all of these old quotes collected from a half-dozen different sources look new.
For record, here’s the del Toro quote that’s making the rounds:
So far with the sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans. Hypothetically, I would love the fuck out of it. I would love to see a jaeger and Godzilla duke it out. That would be too much for the human brain.
However, the Movie Pilot article deliberately left out important context. Here’s the actual quote from a 2013 interview with Collider, conducted before Pacific Rim even opened in theaters:
So far with the sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans. Hypothetically, I would love the fuck 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.
So no, del Toro has no plans to crossover these two universes. Like any geek, he can imagine it and thinks it would be fun to see, but he openly acknowledges that it isn’t going to happen. He hadn’t even seen the new Godzilla movie when he said this – he was just having fun. Heck, he even recognizes that the realistic tone of Edwards’ movie wouldn’t mesh with the more colorful and cartoonish world of Pacific Rim. And all of that is before you get into whatever legal rights and issues that could hold something like this up. And all of that is rendered null and void by the fact that 50% of any given del Toro interview is him goofing around and pitching concepts he will never make.
Del Toro has claimed that Pacific Rim 2 will be significantly different than the first movie, but it’s not “introducing Godzilla!” different. The idea of Godzilla somehow finding a way into a Pacific Rim sequel sounds too crazy to be true because it is too crazy to be true.