Just days after Legendary Pictures tapped Zach Shields and Michael Dougherty to write Godzilla 2, one of them could very well sit in the director’s chair as well.
An official offer has yet to be made to Dougherty, with ScreenCrush reporting it all will hinge on what kind of script he and Shields deliver.
Dougherty is no stranger to the genre world. After working with director Bryan Singer on X2 and Superman Returns, Dougherty wrote and directed the Halloween horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat, which has gone on to become a cult classic. He also was behind the camera for Krampus, which featured some pretty impressive creature effects – sure, the scale of something like Godzilla 2 will be much bigger than anything Dougherty has done before, but he certainly has a foundation in place.
Krampus was a holiday horror film last year that earned modest box office success, bringing home around $43 million against a budget of $15 million while offering a big slice of counter-programming against the typical Christmas fare.
Gareth Edwards, who directed the 2014 Godzilla, had previously been attached as a director. It’s unclear if Dougherty and Shields will keep any of Edwards’ original ideas – including one which would have introduced Mechagodzilla – or whether they’ll choose to blaze their own trail.
We won’t see any of it for a while yet. Godzilla 2 won’t hit theaters until 2019.
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