Buried in a press release focused on the hiring of three new executives, Legendary Pictures has revealed that their sequels to 2013’s Pacific Rim and 2014’s Godzilla are both getting title changes.
Already currently in production as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, the monsters vs giant mech’s sequel starring John Boyega in the lead role will now be titled Pacific Rim: Uprising, while the previously untitled Godzilla 2 will now be called Godzilla: King of Monsters.
These new titles are not the focus of the press release, but they are titles attached to the work that new EVP of Physical Production Herbert W. Gains will be overseeing, alongside the Detective Pikachu film.
Best known for his work as Executive Producer on such films as Warner Bros’ The Judge and Watchmen, as well as the recently released Jack Reacher: Never Go Back from Paramount, Gains’ responsibilities will include overseeing production of Legendary’s feature film slate including such highly anticipated projects as Pacific Rim: Uprising, Pokemon’s Detective Pikachu and Godzilla: King of Monsters. Gains will also work closely with the post-production team insuring that the filmmaker’s vision remains intact through production to final distribution.
The change in titles for the Pacific Rim sequel likely was something that just fit the film’s storyline better or perhaps tested better as something audiences would respond to, while the title for the Godzilla sequel calls back to the character’s long history. It also sets up a nice use of the word King in his title right before the giant lizard faces off with King Kong in 2020’s Godzilla vs. King Kong.
Directed by former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, and Guillermo del Toro moving to a producer role, Pacific Rim: Uprising stars Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, and Jian Tian opens on February 23, 2018.
Godzilla: King of Monsters currently has no director as Gareth Edwards, who directed the first film, bowed out earlier this year but Krampus filmmaker Michael Dougherty is writing the script and in talks to possibly direct as well. The film has a March 22, 2019 release date.