The King of All Monsters finally had his big-budget resurgence in America with 2014's Godzilla by Legendary Pictures, which was both a critical and financial success, though audiences had mixed feelings on the film. It wasn't long after that movie that a sequel was confirmed along with a crossover with the upcoming King Kong reboot titled Kong: Skull Island.
Godzilla 2 is reportedly going to hit theaters in either 2018 or 2019 with three iconic kaiju confirmed to appear in the movie: King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan.
Many questioned if the first film's director Gareth Edwards (who is also directing this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) would return for the sequel, but that does not seem to be the case, because yesterday it was confirmed that the duo behind the horror classic Trick 'r Treat and the recent hit Krampus, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields, will be penning Godzilla 2. On Friday, another bit of news dropped: Michael Dougherty (who directed both Trick 'r Treat and Krampus) will also be directing the film, Variety reports.
Would Dougherty's style mesh with Godzilla?
While it is true that this Godzilla is unlike anything Dougherty has ever done, I do have faith in him, simply because both Krampus and Trick 'r Treat were fantastically well-made horror films. This isn't the first time a director has gone from small horror films to big-budget blockbusters with a lot of thrilling action; take for example James Gunn, who directed the cult classic horror film Slither and then moved on to make one of the highest-grossing films in recent years, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Scott Derrickson is another example who started with horror films like Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil, then (just like Gunn) moved on to Marvel and is bringing us next month's Doctor Strange.
So perhaps Dougherty and Shields will follow a similar pattern and prove that they can direct a great action movie as well as they do with horror.
However, perhaps a combination of styles could work for Godzilla 2. Think about it, this is a movie that will feature a giant moth, a giant pterosaur and a giant three-headed dragon. Maybe Dougherty can deliver on some great action while effectively making these three new monsters frightening to the human characters, especially since the evil monsters from the first film, the MUTOs, came off as scary at times. Either way, if the reports are true, it is good to know who is going to be tackling this sequel.
What are your thoughts on this news? Do you think Gareth Edwards should have continued on, or are you fond of Michael Dougherty taking over? Let us know down below!
Godzilla 2 is rumored to hit theaters in either 2018 or 2019.