Well, we’ve got some good news and some bad news today in the world of Godzilla. The good news is that according to Variety, Krampus writers Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields have been brought on to pen Godzilla 2. Dougherty’s resume also includes X-Men 2 and Superman Returns, so he knows how to work on a big canvas, but his biggest claim to fame is writing and directing the beloved cult horror hit Trick ‘r Treat. It should be interesting to see where he and Shields try to take the world of Godzilla in the sequel. The only Godzilla 2 teaser we’ve seen so far, which was shown at Comic-Con a couple years ago, revealed that monsters Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah would be involved.
Now the bad news: Legendary “might be preparing to set up a writers room to help create the upcoming Godzilla-King Kong universe,” which is what we’ve already seen Paramount do for the Transformers franchise. Now granted, you can’t ruin Transformers because those movies are already terrible, but a writer’s room is basically a signal that there’s no vision at all for a movie and they’re basically just making big screen television.
That’s not to say that blockbusters being passed between a series of screenwriters, some credited and some not, is a better system, but they’re something just gratingly cynical about throwing up your hands and say, “Sure, let’s just make this movie like a TV show.” According to Variety, Dougherty and Shield’s draft of Godzilla 2 could be where the writers room starts on the King Kong-Godzilla universe, and while it’s entertaining to see monsters fight, do we really need a whole interconnected universe for it? If anything, this approach seems to be getting further away from what makes King Kong and Godzilla special to start with.
Not that it matters much to Legendary. It’s Brand A mashed up with Brand B to created Brand C, and they’ll shove marketing down our throats until we go see it.
Godzilla 2 opens May 22, 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong opens May 29, 2020.