Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros cranked the Godzilla (2014) sequel up a notch last year with the hiring of Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields (Krampus) to write the script. Now news arrives via Variety that Dougherty is set to take the director's chair for the giant beast's follow-up.
According to Variety, the original deal was just for Dougherty to co-write, but after months of work in charge of the writers room that is looking to develop both new Godzilla films and extend the King Kong story to the point where the massive beasts meet, he has convinced them that he is the man to oversee the next Godzilla outing.
Having worked with Legendary since the days of Trick 'r Treat (2007), Dougherty made Krampus with Shields as co-writer at the company and has now stuck around for this one, which is aiming for a 22 March 2019 release, with Godzilla Vs. Kong scheduled for 22 May 2020. As for Kong himself, Kong: Skull Island is out in cinemas now. Watch this space for a review on that one arriving soon.