Earlier this year we learned that Gareth Edwards would not be returning to direct the sequel to his 2014 Godzilla reboot, preferring instead to return to something smaller like his directorial debut Monsters (once he wraps up Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, that is). It sounds like he was suffering from blockbuster burn out, which seems to be an increasingly common problem in Hollywood as of late, particularly with indie filmmakers who make a sudden jump to the studio system. Now this week it looks like Legendary Pictures may have found his replacement and it happens to be someone with a little bit more studio experience: Krampus director Michael Dougherty. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields (Krampus) have been hired to pen the screenplay for Godzilla 2. That’s not all, however; ScreenCrush is also reporting that Dougherty is in talks to direct the movie too, although it will depend on the studio’s approval of their script. Godzilla 2 is expected to hit theatres in 2019 and will lead into their King Kong crossover, Godzilla vs. Kong, which is scheduled for the following year.
In addition to directing Krampus last year, Dougherty is probably best known for helming the 2007 cult horror flick Trick ‘r Treat, which has a huge fan following. I suspect many people will be excited based on that fact alone, although he did also work on screenplays for some big movies including Bryan Singer’s X2 and Superman Returns. I look forward to future Film Junk arguments about the proper pronunciation of “Godzilla.” Do you think Michael Dougherty is a solid choice to direct Godzilla 2?