Cinematic universes are all the rage right now, even if the critical response hasn’t been a bit of a mixed bag. A while back, Legendary Pictures announced their plans for a MonsterVerse which would see the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot lead off four interconnected films that also includes this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” the recently wrapped “Godzilla” sequel in 2019, and finally a “Godzilla vs. Kong” film in 2020.
In a not unexpected twist, it looks like the MonsterVerse could one day tie into the “Pacific Rim” series should director Steven S. DeKnight gets his wish. DeKnight, who helms next year’s kaiju vs. robots sequel “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” spoke with Collider and says there have been talks:
“I won’t say there’s an Easter Egg but there’s been a lot of discussion about that possibility [of crossing over]. Look I think it would be fantastic to have the Pacific Rim universe join Legendary’s Monster Universe, it seems like a natural step. And part of the big overall plan after the third movie we’ve talked about is that could happen, it’s always a possibility. It’s by far not a certainty; it’s merely theoretical at this point, but as a fan myself I would love to see that happen.”
Could that be a fifth film in this saga? Possibly. DeKnight certainly wants to make more films set in the “Pacific Rim” universe and says of the upcoming sequel:
“Oh we definitely leave it open to another installment. The tricky thing with something like this is you want to not end on a cliffhanger. It has a definitive ending but very much open to the next chapter.”
“Pacific Rim Uprising” opens in cinemas on March 23rd 2018.