IT WAS A MONSTER MASH1 of 12This week, film producer Thomas Tull brought his long in development film Kong: Skull Island from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros. – sparking speculation that a new King Kong and Godzilla crossover film could be in the works.
While the original King Kong Vs. Godzilla is seen as a monster movie classic, mash-up films that bring together two disparate franchises have been few and far between in recent years, with Alien Vs. Predator and Freddy Vs. Jason being the notable exceptions.
But all of those are horror/monster movies. What about other genres? There’s a lot of potential for crossovers between similar franchises – some of which we’re sure you’ve all speculated on.
And we’re no different – we like to speculate about dream film projects too. So with that in mind, here are our picks for ten franchise crossover films we’d like to see!
JAMES BOND/JASON BOURNE2 of 12Who better to meet on film than the world’s two premiere espionage agents – and not only that, but two of the most bankable action stars in the world?
Spy vs. Spy would have nothing on this. (Sorry, Mad Magazine!)
While a James Bond/Jason Bourne crossover film might take a little bit of footwork to set up, the grounded, less fantastical tone of both franchises means that these two icons could collide easier than many of the other franchises on our list.
DIE HARD/LETHAL WEAPON3 of 12Yeah, we know. They’re getting too old for this $#!*. But who could resist two of the toughest cops of all time – John McClane and Martin Riggs – partnering up for one last ride?
And even though he’d almost certainly finally be retired by now, you’d have to throw Murtaugh in there as well. Imagine the destruction not one, but two notorious loose cannons would cause? You’d need that old pro in there to anchor them with some by-the-book police work.
Interestingly, Bruce Willis actually auditioned for the role of Martin Riggs in the original Lethal Weapon, but Mel Gibson won the role, leaving the door open for Willis to anchor the Die Hard franchise.
STAR TREK/ALIEN4 of 12Mashing up Star Trek and the Alien franchises may seem a little weird – after all, Star Trek is hard sci-fi, while Alien tends to veer more towards the horror genre. But there’s some great potential in the crossover when you find the key to transcending their genre differences.
For example, Star Trek has had its share of terrifying antagonists. What if the Borg managed to assimilate a planet of Xenomorphs? Just the visual potential of that crossover is almost too much to pass up.
LONE RANGER/ZORRO5 of 12While the Lone Ranger and Zorro have teamed up in comic books, with the Lone Ranger going so far as to avenge Zorro’s death, it’s a crossover that’s never made it to film. But it really should – both characters straddle the line between western hero and masked vigilante, standing up for those who can’t fight for themselves.
Their time periods don’t exactly line up, with Zorro operating between 1821 and 1846, while Lone Ranger made the scene in 1869, there’s always the possibility of an older Zorro coming out of retirement to mentor the Lone Ranger – one last ride, for justice.
BLADE/BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER6 of 12Some of you may have been wishing for a Blade/Twilight mash-up – if only for the inevitable conclusion – but the idea of grim, badass Blade teaming up with sarcastic, teenage Buffy is too good to pass up. Aside from the potential of the personality clash between the two vampire slayers, the bloodsucker bloodbath that would result from their team-up would be well worth the price of admission.
And really, who wouldn’t want to see Whistler trying to wrangle Buffy’s supporting cast of Xander and Willow? Generational hijinx might be an old trope, but it’s a trope for a reason – it works.
SHERLOCK HOLMES/INDIANA JONES7 of 12Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones might be an unlikely duo – after all, Holmes’s adventures ended decades before Indie’s began. But a crossover between the two is still possible, if you feature an elderly Holmes mentoring a young Indiana Jones.
Indie’s been shown to have been an active adventurer since his childhood – there was a whole TV series about it. And while the literary Sherlock Holmes apparently died (along with his arch-enemy Moriarty) in his final adventure, the film Mr. Holmes operates on the notion that Holmes lived into old age, so it’s not an unprecedented concept.
Think of it as a Batman and Robin situation – an older, more refined detective finds himself in the company of a bombastic boy adventurer in pursuit of an unsolvable mystery revolving around some archaeological oddity.
Trust us, it could work.
BATMAN/IRON MAN8 of 12Call it a battle of the billionaires.
This crossover would almost inevitably start as a meeting between Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark. After all, both characters have butted up against other comic book businessmen time and time again. But the sparks would really fly when the bombastic, sardonic Iron Man went up against the far more subdued, secretive Batman.
It wouldn’t be hard to imagine the threat that could bring them together, either. Maybe Mandarin’s Ten Rings team-up with the League of Shadows to finally put the nail in Gotham’s coffin. Or perhaps Iron Man tech starts worming its way into the Gotham underground. Honestly, the villain isn’t nearly as important as the two heroes – who couldn’t be more different, despite their outward similarities – colliding.
GHOSTBUSTERS/MEN IN BLACK9 of 12Men In Black almost did get an actual crossover film with 21 Jump Street – at least according to the leaked Sony e-mails – but we’d argue that this mash-up would be far more fitting for MiB. After all, there’s some serious fun to be had when America’s first line of defense against extra-terrestrials meets the workman-like crew of the Ghostbusters.
And, with Ghostbusters getting a high-profile reboot in 2016 (with an all female lead cast, no less) now might be a perfect time to send J and K out into the field to track down some kind of alien ghost with the help of a team of specialists.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS/MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE10 of 12The Fast and the Furious franchise isn’t exactly spy-fi, like Mission: Impossible, but both feature outlandish chase scenes, incredible action, and death-defying stunts. If nothing else, putting them in the same pot would undoubtedly lead to some unbelievable visual sequences.
And let’s be real here – isn’t that what these kind of action movies are all about? High art they aren’t – but they rake in big bucks and big numbers because they’re intense, fun, and fast-paced. And when it comes to those criteria, F&F and M:I are the unquestionable kings of the hill.
TRANSFORMERS/G.I. JOE11 of 12This is a crossover that’s almost inevitable. It’s happened in comic books time and time again. And with both G.I. Joe and Transformers being owned by Hasbro, and their film rights both in place at Paramount, there’s a lot less red tape potentially gumming up everyone’s fun with this one.
In fact, the Transformers “Writer’s Room” just wrapped, confirming two new Transformers projects, and another three potential films that aim to expand the world of the franchise. What are the chances one of them might be the crossover that ‘80’s nostalgia lovers have been dreaming about for decades?
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