We suspected that Michael could be a candidate to takeover from Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Rogue One) as the sequel’s director, due to his own successful directorial efforts Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus. The two horror films were setup at Legendary and have gathered a following since their release, Dougherty is already working on Trick ‘r Treat 2.
Screen Crush now claims that just might be the case, as they say Dougherty might end up directing the next kaiju flick.
Update: Another source has reached out to let us know that Dougherty is in talks to helm Godzilla 2. No deal has officially been made as of yet, and will depend on Legendary’s approval of the screenplay.
Sources close to production have revealed that Dougherty is likely directing Godzilla 2, which will lead up to the previously reported King Kong and Godzilla crossover film. Kong: Skull Island hits theaters next March, followed by the Godzilla sequel in 2019 and Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020. Execs at Legendary are said to be quite fond of the Krampus director, who also helmed the 2007 cult horror favorite Trick ’r Treat and worked on screenplays for Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns and X2.
We would be extremely excited if this news turns out to be true, but we’ll have to treat as a rumor until we get more sources backing this up.
It would make sense as Dougherty and Shields could find their way into Legendary’s Godzilla/Kong writers room as suggested by Variety. The studio is said to be looking to have a group of writers to develop future kaiju universe films, which would likely include Godzilla vs. King Kong, a sequel to Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island and new potential franchises like Skull Island or Mothra spinoffs.
We still have no idea who’ll direct that crossover due out in 2020.
It’s possible that Godzilla 2 could begin shooting as early as next year.
Warner Bros. has set the release date for Godzilla 2 on March 22nd, 2018.
SOURCE: SCREEN CRUSH