Godzilla versus King Kong versus the Pacific Rim Jaegers. Talk about a fanboy (and fangirl, let’s not be sexist here)’s wet dream! And such a big screen brawl would be theoretically possible with the big ape moving from Universal Studios to Warner, which owns rights to both Godzilla and Pacific Rim via Legendary Pictures.
Unfortunately, King Kong would lose against his titanic foes. One reason is rooted in industry reality. Pacific Rim 2 is currently in hiatus, which means no Jaegar to fight. Production was to have started this year in November to meet the 2017 release date, but apparently Pacific Rim – despite making $101 million domestically and $309 million overseas – did not meet the studio’s expectations.
Even director Guillermo del Toro acknowledged the high cost of a sequel:
“I can tell you this, if I was a billionaire, I would definitely do Hellboy 3, Pacific Rim 2, and At the Mountains of Madness. And I would quickly become a millionaire.”
So what about a drop-down, drag-out battle between Godzilla and King Kong? That’s more likely to happen. A prequel to the first movie, called King Kong: Skull Island, is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2017 with Godzilla 2 to hit theaters the following year. Virtually nothing is known about their plots except they’ll be in a shared universe similar to other movie franchises like Jurassic World and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So why would King Kong lose this battle? Well, as this admittedly fan speculation piece points out, the oversized gorilla is hopelessly overshadowed by the towering lizard (and how!):
“While King Kong is big enough to grab Fay Wray (or Naomi Watts depending on which version you’re talking about) and scale the Empire State Building, swatting at pesky airplanes and helicopters along the way, Godzilla is the same height as the skyscrapers. Godzilla would basically just step on King Kong, light him on fire with his atomic breath for good measure, and call it an early night.”
In numbers, the current version of the king of the monsters is roughly 350 feet tall while Kong’s scaled to be roughly a sixth the size at a maximum of 60 feet.
So how’s this size discrepancy going to be resolved? Most likely we’ll see Kong undergo some sort of off-screen massive growth for his brawl. It worked in the first King Kong vs. Godzilla movie back in 1962, and fans ate it up. We don’t see any reason Hollywood wouldn’t do the same thing in the latest incarnation.
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Images: Legendary, Warner Bros, Toho