What's in a name? This is the question posed by Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures with both production companies putting their heads together to create two brand new titles for the latest installments of Godzilla and Pacific Rim. One sounds pretty bad ass, the other is a bit more puzzling.
With Godzilla 2 not exactly rolling off the tongue or building anticipation, the studio instead opted for Godzilla: King of Monsters. This title opens up a lot of possibilities for the plot, indicating that there will be a clash between the massive lizard and any number of other gigantic creatures. And we can assume that they aren't the big and powerful MUTO he killed in the 2014 edition. Few could argue that the Japanese reptile is the absolute master of the fictional monster domain, and now they want to stamp that with a title worthy a sequel.
Machine Monster Goes For A Lazier Option
As much as Godzilla: King of Monsters works, Pacific Rim: Uprising really doesn't. But this is what they have decided upon after scrapping their initial working title of Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. Another title that didn't resonate much either. Some have speculated that the change was merely cosmetic, while others believe the pronunciation was too difficult for regular moviegoers to grasp. Especially when they were ordering their tickets.
Whatever the rationale behind it, the titles won't be the deciding factor when it comes to the success or failure of the franchises. 2013's Pacific Rim didn't arrive with too much fanfare, yet managed to record $411m at the box office from a budget of $190m. Not a bad effort, although 2014's Godzilla blew that out of the water to make $529.1m with less resources at $160m. That is the true gauge for what makes a movie these days, not how a title is received.
Godzilla v Jaegers - Will It Happen?
When the same studio holds the rights over the content, then really anything is possible. Should it come to pass, a Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla production might not be as crazy as first thought. And the director of the former in Guillermo Del Toro explains that the mere concept wets his appetite.
"So far with the sequel," started Del Toro, "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."
In other words - don't hold out any hope for the two to crossover for Uprising or King of Monsters. But watch this space for the third installments.