Since the announcement back in May of last year that Gareth Edwards would no longer be directing the sequel to his surprisingly good American Godzilla reboot, there have been a few suggestions for director but nothing so much as even a decent rumour until October when we were told that Mike Dougherty, the filmmaker behind Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus, and his co-writer Zach Shields would be scripting the film. There was talk then that Dougherty may take on the role of director as well, and now Variety have confirmed this. Apparently Legendary Pictures decided he would be the right man for the job after seeing him work so hard on the screenplay. While they could have been better in some respects, I did like Dougherty’s previous films and think he should be a good choice for this much bigger budgeted affair.
The title is rumoured to be Godzilla: King Of Monsters [which is very similar to the US re-titling of the 1954 Godzilla which was Godzilla, King Of The Monsters], but this hasn’t been confirmed. Rumours that the new film will bring monsters Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan, who appeared in some of the Japanese Toho Godzilla pictures, to this American series, persist. We do know that Kong: Skull Island, out March 10th, will be talking place in the same universe, to be followed by Godzilla: King Of Monsters on March 22nd 2019, and a remake of King Kong Vs Godzilla pencilled in for release on May 29th the same year. You never know, the latest Toho instalment Shin Godzilla may have actually got a Blu-ray/DVD release outside of Japan by then.
In any case, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a Godzilla and giant monster fan!