Last year, we learned that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story helmer Gareth Edwards had decided against helming the Godzilla sequel. The reasons for that were never revealed, though it could be that he wanted a break from blockbuster filmmaking or had simply had enough after the backlash which followed the way he handled the monster in the first movie.

Well, a replacement has been found and it’s the man who was hired to write the movie not too long ago. That is Krampus director Michael Dougherty, and after what’s described as “months of work in the writers room,” Legendary managed to convince him to direct too.

Michael Dougherty

Dougherty actually penned the screenplay alongside his Krampus co-writer Zach Shields, and with Godzilla 2 likely to set the stage for the highly anticipated crossover with King Kong, it will be interesting to see what their involvement will be with the franchise beyond this.

Kong: Skull Island is released a little later this year, while Godzilla 2 has been scheduled for March 22nd, 2019. Godzilla vs. Kong meanwhile will follow shortly after on May 29th, 2020.

It’s an ambitious plan by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, and one which fans can’t wait to see. As of right now, details about both of Godzilla’s upcoming appearances on the big screen are pretty scarce, but now a director has been found, we’ll hopefully hear more soon!