Since Michael Dougherty was brought on to write the follow up to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla along with his co-writer Zach Shields, it had been widely rumoured that the director of Krampus and Trick R Treat would be the one to step into the departed Rogue One helmer’s shoes. Well, that assumption turned out to be right on the money.
Variety reports that Legendary finally made the offer to Dougherty to direct Godzilla: King Of The Monsters as well as write “after months of work in the writers room.”
This film marks an interesting point in what the report describes as the “Godzilla universe.” The first film was a financial success, and enough of one to justify a sequel, while Legendary also has Kong: Skull Island hitting cinemas imminently. King Of The Monsters is due to hit before the proposed Godzilla Vs King Kong cross-over smash-up arrives in 2020, but there’s a lot riding on both Skull Island and Dougherty’s sequel.
We’re huge fans of Dougherty, so the only thing that we find disappointing about his being hired for this giant tentpole movie is the fact that we’re presumably now going to have to wait EVEN LONGER for Trick R Treat 2. Like Gareth Edwards, Dougherty has a clear love of classic movie monsters, although he’s got more of an obvious interest in gleeful carnage than his predecessor.
It’s definitely going to be a lot bigger than anything he’s directed before (Trick R Treat‘s budget was $12 million and Krampus was $15 million), but he’s been involved with plenty of blockbusters, having co-written X-Men 2 and Superman Returns.
Legendary Pictures is currently having a bit of a shake-up, as CEO and founder Thomas Tull resigned following reported “not seeing eye to eye” with the company’s new owners on The Great Wall and the currently-filming Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.
Godzilla: King Of Monsters hits cinemas on 22 March 2019. Get all the latest science fiction news with every issue of SciFiNow.