In the understanding that 2020 will witness Godzilla and King Kong go toe-to-toe to see which of the monsters will reign supreme, both franchises have been diligently going about their business. All while Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures lay the groundwork behind the scenes. As for 2019's Godzilla: King of Monsters, a title that was pushed pack to arrive closer to the crossover, they have managed to secure Michael Dougherty to direct the movie as of this week.
The 42-year old Ohio native has been a writer by trade. Penning scripts on films including Season's Greetings, X2, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and the 2006 DC flop Superman Returns. You know, the one starring Brandon Routh. While the actor resurrected his career on the smaller screen playing the Atom/Ray Palmer on CW's Legends of Tomorrow, Dougherty went on to direct his first feature in 2007 with Trick 'r Treat before doing likewise for Making Friends and Krampus.
Expect More Monster-On-Monster Action
Outside of the known crossover and release dates, seldom is understood about the how, what, why and where of Godzilla: King of Monsters. That title alone however is a small insight into what we could expect. And, following on from the studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2014 when the original was released, they did say the central character will have "more monsters to play with." So watch this space.
Branching out into what is referred to as the MonsterVerse to pit Godzilla against King Kong and the giant robots of Pacific Rim, fans will only be given a small taste of the crossover material leading into 2020. The 2019 installment will offer an enormous opportunity for Dougherty. And, should he be successful, there is every chance the studio will reassign him to further features in the series.
Big Reference Dropped On TV Spot
Just days after the hype of Logan dies down on March 3, moviegoers can sink their teeth into Kong: Skull Island on March 8. As the MonsterVerse makes a second appearance and the first of the creature in this series. With Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly, the picture is sure to generate a ton of exposure across all fronts.
Yet it is John Goodman's character as government official William 'Bill' Randa who is most interesting in the latest TV spot. A preview indicating that Godzilla was very much a figure of fear years before they were preparing for Kong in the 1970s. Outlining that nuclear tests were made close to the island in 1954, Randa said that something was out there they sought to kill.
Wonder who that could be?