‘Godzilla 2’ Finds Director in Michael Dougherty

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

After first being hired to run the “Godzilla” universe writing room, “Krampus” director Michael Dougherty has now been tapped to direct the next installment in the monster movie franchise as well.

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.

Alex Garcia will oversee the project for Legendary.


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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.

Godzilla 2” is currently dated for Mar. 22, 2019, with “Godzilla vs. Kong” set for May 29, 2020.

Dougherty has strong ties to Legendary, having written and directed “Trick ‘r Treat,” one of Legendary’s first productions, which has become a cult hit. He then teamed with Shields on the recent Christmas horror pic “Krampus.”

Dougherty, who’s repped by WME and Circle Confusion, also co-wrote “X2” and “Superman Returns.”

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  1. Cory says:

    Ok so happy and also worried. I did truly enjoy Trick r Treat. Great movie. But I was not particularly happy with X2 or Superman returns. They were ok, but not great. Haven’t seen Krampus. I’ll still definitely watch both Godzilla and King Kong regardless, I just hope they’re both as good as the first Legendary Godzilla movie.

  2. Wut says:

    Oh yeah! Hooray! – The guys from “Trick ‘r Treat” & “Krampus” for “Godzilla 2” = Wait, wut?

  3. gordonwagner says:

    Are they going to hire a screenwriter for this one?

  4. I hope that they film this one lighter. Even at the theater, I had trouble seeing much of the movie because it was so dark. Even lightening my TV screen didn’t help. I get it. The movie takes place at night. But dang it!! Even that lousy Godzilla with Matthew Broderick was filmed as night sequences and it was easy to see the action.

    • gordonwagner says:

      What he said. The film was literally too dark. And meandering, to boot. Even Godzilla looked bored.

      • Jay says:

        Yes wayyy to dark and the super slow pace was too much. I understand they wanted more than a mindless action romp and so did I but jeez…nothing happened for almost an hour and change! Also they might want to do a SLIGHT REDESIGN and shave a few pounds off our hero. Fat Godzilla doesn’t work.

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