‘Godzilla 2’ Hires ‘Krampus’ Writers for Merry Monster Mayhem
We don’t know what Gareth Edwards is plotting after Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters, but we do know that he won’t be returning to helm Godzilla 2. The upcoming sequel to his 2014 monster movie has picked up a pair of interesting writers, however, with Krampus duo Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields on board to pen the screenplay — but don’t expect to see the giant lizard battling it out with a demonic jack-in-the-box (unless…).
According to Variety, Legendary Pictures didn’t have to look very far to find new writers for Godzilla 2 — Dougherty and Shields co-wrote Krampus (which Dougherty directed) for Legendary, and although the Christmas horror film didn’t make huge bank at the box office, it did charm a fair amount of critics (and studio execs, apparently). I personally thought Krampus wasn’t very entertaining (or funny, for that matter), but Dougherty and Shields had some inventive ideas and a few nasty little tricks up their sleeves, so you can easily see what Legendary thinks they could bring to the table in a Godzilla movie.
The biggest complaint about Edwards’ film was the lack of any real character development — or any characters who were actually interesting, as Bryan Cranston’s role was cut a little too short, while more focus was placed on Aaron Taylor-Johnson (the human embodiment of bran flakes) and an underutilized Elizabeth Olsen. Perhaps Dougherty and Shields can give us some characters to really care about in the sequel.