The sequel to 2014’s Godzilla may have found its writers – and the two men who might help Legendary Entertainment create an entire franchise around the oversized lizard.
Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields will succeed Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham for Godzilla 2, Variety reports. Their job is a tough one – grow the franchise, but still hit a 2019 release date.
Sources have also indicated Legendary might be preparing to set up a writers room to help create the upcoming Godzilla-King Kong universe the company has planned since sending the distribution rights for Kong: Skull Island back to Warner Bros.
The King Kong film – which stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson – was originally planned with Universal Pictures as the distributor. However, Legendary pulled the film from Universal’s plate in September 2015, moving it instead to Warner Bros., where the studio already had a relationship over Godzilla. The belief at the time was Legendary looking to link the two franchises together.
A month after the Skull Island move, Warner Bros. said it would work with Legendary to pit both King Kong and Godzilla together in the aptly named Godzilla vs. Kong. That’s scheduled for a May 2020 release.
Helping to make that happen are, reportedly, Dougherty and Shields. Dougherty’s credits include X2 in 2003, Superman Returns in 2006 and the story for this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The two worked together once before on Legendary’s Krampus last year that earned just $61.8 million worldwide.
The more recent Godzilla did quite a bit better for Legendary, earning $529.1 million in worldwide box office. Next year’s Skull Island will be the first time a King Kong movie has been made since Peter Jackson’s $550.5 million blockbuster in 2005.
Skull Island arrives in theaters March 10.
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