Yesterday we learned that Sony was discussing a possible crossover movie between their successful 21 Jump Street franchise and their evergreen Men in Black series. This is obviously the next evolution of the Marvel-style universe trend that all of Hollywood is chasing. I know we’re supposed to hate this sort of thing but I couldn’t stop thinking about which modern movie properties could be combined into mega crossover movie events that (however ridiculous) I’d actually want to see. After the jump I list the best opportunities for big screen movie crossovers.
First of all, I decided to include only modern movie franchises and try to combine films from the same studio. While it would be possible for two studios to work together on a crossover, its a lot less likely. Its so much easier when one studio owns both of the rights, like with Fox and the Alien and Predator franchises before they decided to combine them, as Dark Horse did in comics, for an Alien Vs. Predator series of films.
Also the ideas below are not ranked.
GI Joe vs. Transformers
Both GI Joe and Transformers are owned by Hasbro, with film franchises set up at Paramount. Since the first films of both franchises hit the big screen, fans have been hoping for a big screen crossover like the one which has happened in comics. And I agree. With the exception of Michael Bay’s original Transformers, I have not really liked the human characters in any of the three films that have followed. I think involving Joe and Cobra could be a step in the right direction.
Transformers: Age of Extinction perfectly sets up this possibility, too. With Optimus Prime leaving Earth it wouldn’t take too much for the rest of the remaining Autobots to follow. You could begin this crossover as a purely GI Joe story with the special ops force having to battle Cobra, which is working to use Transformium (ugh, yup) to create their own alien weapons. Joe would then be outmatched against a new generation of Decepticons — but if they can get the Transformers back to Earth it could be a more evenly-matched fight. That eventually happens, leading to a big hour-long third act with Autobots fighting Decepticons while Joe fights Cobra with cool tech and weaponry.
Unfortunately, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who produces both film franchises, has publicly stated that it isn’t likely to happen.
Godzilla Enters the Pacific Rim
How cool would it be to see a movie that combined the gigantic mech robots and post apoclyptic future of Pacific Rim with Godzilla? Would it make sense? Probably not, especially since the Gareth Edwards reboot establishes the monster as a good guy trying to protect earth… but I’m sure Guillermo del Toro could come up with some story to pull it together and make it awesome.
Godzilla and Pacific Rim were both produced by Legendary Pictures for Warner Bros, but those two companies had a divorce and now Legendary is at Universal Pictures. This complicates the possibility of this crossover movie because Warner Bros holds the rights to the Godzilla sequel while Legendary brought the rights to Pacific Rim over to Universal. And who knows how the Japanese-based Toho Company would feel about the crossover concept; they are very protective over the original kaiju.
Someone even created a movie trailer mash-up of the two films:
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