In a couple of months, we’ll finally get a good look at Kong: Skull Island, the latest take on the classic Hollywood ape monster from Legendary Pictures. Now, any King Kong movie is an occasion, but Skull Island serves the dual purpose of setting up a future confrontation with Godzilla, who’s last American movie was released in 2014. The sequel to Godzilla has been in the works for some time, and now it takes a giant leap forward with the appointment to the director’s chair of a man who’s already had his hands on the project. He’s also a director that knows his monsters.
Variety is reporting that Michael Dougherty, having spent months working on the Godzilla 2 script with Zach Shields, has officially been promoted to the film’s director. Evidently, the Legendary team has been pleased with what they’ve been seeing out of Dougherty’s work so far, and the fact that he’s worked with the company before on his last two directorial efforts, Trick ‘R Treat and Krampus, likely sealed the deal. In that regard, Dougherty follows in the tradition of Godzilla director Gareth Edwards and Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts in having directed much smaller movies before graduating to a gargantuan monster movies.
There are no firm plot details yet revealed about Godzilla 2, which is supposedly going to be subtitled King of Monsters, but it is expected to arrive in theatres on March 22, 2019. After that, Godzilla Vs. Kong will take their title fight to the multiplex on May 29, 2020. Obviously we’ll have more news about the MonsterVerse as it becomes available.
Source: Cinema Blend