Godzilla: King of Monsters has found an intriguing monster director

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May 3, 2017, 12:57 PM EDT (Updated)

We're now less than two months away from the release of Kong: Skull Island, the second film in the budding Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros. MonsterVerse that will eventually lead us to Godzilla vs. Kong.

Before that clash, though, another piece of the monster puzzle is preparing to be unleashed: Godzilla: King of Monsters, the sequel to director Gareth Edwards' 2014 re-imagining of the iconic kaiju. The film has a release date and a writing team ... and now it also has a director.

Back in October, after it was announced that he would pen the King of Monsters script with his co-writer Zach Shields, ScreenCrush reported that Krampus and Trick 'r Treat director Michael Dougherty would also direct the film. The report was later updated to say that Dougherty was only "in talks" for the directing job, but now it seems the talks have a happy ending. Variety reports that Dougherty will indeed serve as director as well as co-writer. The offer came after Dougherty put in quite a bit of work in the MonsterVerse writers' room, helping to shape the overall arc of the franchise. 

For a lot of monster and horror fans, this is pretty great news. Dougherty has proven adept at telling scary, witty stories, and he's good with creatures, too. Now, like Edwards before him, he gets to take those talents to a bigger scale. I can't wait to see his take on Godzilla and whatever additional monsters show up in the sequel (please be Ghidorah, please be Ghidorah ...).

Godzilla: King of Monsters arrives March 22, 2019. What do you think of the directing choice?