Legendary Pictures may have found a director for “Godzilla 2” in Michael Dougherty, who was announced just last week as co-writer.
The sequel received a green light following the blockbuster success of the 2014 reboot, but as has been without a director since Gareth Edwards, who helmed the original, dropped out of the project in May.
But according to ScreenCrush, that may change, following the hiring of “Krampus” collaborators Dougherty and Zach Shields as screenwriters (it’s unclear whether they’ll work from Max Borenstein’s previous draft or start fresh). Dougherty is reportedly also in talks to direct, but no deal has been struck.
Variety reports on rumors that Legendary hopes to create a writers room, much like Paramount and Hasbro have done for “Transformers,” to help establish a universe of interconnected monster movies that will encompass the previously announced “Godzilla vs. Kong.”
Initially known for his collaborations with director Bryan Singer on “X2” and “Superman Returns,” Dougherty established a name for himself as a horror filmmaker with 2007’s “Trick ‘r Treat” and 2015’s “Krampus.” “Godzilla 2” would be his biggest project, by far, as a director.
Legendary continues the march into its a monster-movie universe March 10, 2017, with “Kong: Skull Island,” followed March 22, 2019, by “Godzilla 2,” and May 29, 2020, by “Godzilla vs. Kong.”
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