'Godzilla 2' Finds Director in Krampus’s Michael Dougherty

Posted 2017/01/24 4255 0

Late last year “Krampus” director Michael Dougherty was confirmed to be brought on by Warner Bros to help put together their “Godzilla” universe along with his writing partner Zach Shields. Now it looks like Dougherty is going to have a more hands on involvement with the sequel.


When news first broke that Dougherty and his “Krampus” co-writer Zach Shields would be penning the sequel, reports surfaced that Dougherty would also helm the pic, but insiders said then that the deal was only to write the sequel, not direct. After months of work in the writers room, Legendary eventually extended an offer for him to direct as well.

In October 2015, Legendary and Warner Bros. made a joint announcement that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” films would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting with “Kong: Skull Island” in March. Legendary currently holds a distribution deal with Universal, but in order to re-team Godzilla and King Kong, Legendary decided to send the rights back over to Warner Bros. to be able to create this new “ecosystem” of giant super-species, both classic and new.

Dougherty first worked with Legendary on the horror film Trick r’ Treat, then hooked up with the company again for his well-regarded Christmas-themed horror flick Krampus. Dougherty has experience in the blockbuster realm as well, having worked on the screenplays for X-Men 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse. Godzilla: King of Monsters will be Dougherty’s first crack at directing a big-budget event film after helming the above-named smaller horror movies.

The first Godzilla starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson, reuniting with his Avengers: Age of Ultron co-star Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston in a story about the rise of the titular monster to defend humanity against gargantuan creatures, dubbed MUTOs. The world will be expanded when Kong: Skull Island, set years before the events of Godzilla at the end of the Vietnam War, hits theaters on March 10th.

Godzilla 2, formally titled Godzilla: King of Monsters, is scheduled for release after that on March 22, 2019 before the beasts from both worlds collide in Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020.

Plot details for Godzilla 2 are unknown, but the studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014 announcing the sequel teased “more monsters to play with.” So perhaps we’ll be seeing some classic adversaries brought to life, like Mothra, Ghidora, and Rodan. Given the prequel nature of Skull Island, it’s hard to see characters crossing over just yet.