“Krampus” and “Trick ‘r Treat” writer/director Michael Dougherty has been set to direct the next installment in the “Godzilla” franchise for Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures.
Dougherty was brought onboard the project in October to head up the writing room for what’s now dubbed the ‘MonsterVerse’. Said verse combines the 2014 “Godzilla” reboot and the upcoming “Kong: Skull Island” as the opening salvos in a shared cinematic universe.
Dougherty and Zach Shields were at the time set to pen the “Godzilla” sequel, but no deal was made to direct. After months of work in the writers room, Legendary eventually extended an offer for him to direct as well.
“Godzilla 2” is currently dated for March 22nd 2019, with “Godzilla vs. Kong” set for May 29th 2020. Dougherty also worked on the scripts for “Superman Returns” and “X2: X-Men United”.