Godzilla, Pacific Rim Sequels Get Official Names

By December 15, 2016
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Legendary has given full names to two of its upcoming high-profile movies … and one of them seems to want to borrow a bit from one of its other franchises.

The upcoming Godzilla movie, directed by Krampus helmer Michael Dougherty, will be called Godzilla: King of the Monsters. That, of course, seems to have almost stolen (and kept) the name from Legendary’s King Kong franchise, which will have the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island – without the “king.”

So if Godzilla is king of monsters, than who will Kong be king of? Maybe that will set up the entire battle between them in the future – deciding who gets to wear the crown on which days.

Kidding aside, Legendary also released the new name for its Pacific Rim sequel. That film will be called Pacific Rim: Uprising, according to Dark Horizons, and will still be directed by Steven S. DeKnight. This is actually a new full name for the film which originally had been called Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.

Legendary didn’t share why the name for the film changed, but Maelstrom always was just a working title, dating back to when Guillermo del Toro expected he would direct the film, instead of helping DeKnight make his directorial debut.

King of the Monsters actually borrows its name from a 1956 Japanese-American film that starred Raymond Burr. In that film, the late Burr played a reported named Steve Martin (we’re assuming no relation to the comedian) and is suddenly put face-to-face with a Godzilla attack.

That film, by the way, was actually first produced in 1955 in Japan, but was “Americanized” after the international rights were acquired by Jewell Enterprises for $25,000. Instead of just releasing the film as-is, Jewell added Burr and other American elements to create the final product that most Americans probably find today.

There’s been no announced cast for the new Godzilla, and Dougherty is best known for films more in the horror genre like Krampus last year, and Trick ‘r Treat in 2007. Godzilla earned $529.1 million globally in 2014.

The first Pacific Rim in 2013 earned just $411 million domestically, but that was more than enough for Universal to order a sequel. Uprising stars Scott Eastwood, Adria Arjona and John Boyega.

Pacific Rim: Uprising hits theaters Feb. 23, 2018, while Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuts March 22, 2019.

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