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Michael Dougherty is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter, known for his work with Dan Harris on the scripts for Bryan Singer's 2003 and 2006 films, X2 and Superman Returns, respectively.

He is also known for writing and directing the 2007 cult horror anthology film, Trick 'r Treat. He directed, co-wrote, and produced the 2015 Christmas horror-comedy film, Krampus. He directed and co-wrote the 2019 MonsterVerse film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He also contributed to the script for the 2021 sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong.

Filmography

Directing credits

  • Trick 'r Treat (2007)
  • Trick 'r Treat: Making Friends (2010)
  • Krampus (2015)

Writing credits

  • X2 (2003)
  • Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)
  • Superman Returns (2006)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Trivia

  • In an interview, Dougherty revealed his distaste towards Tristar's Godzilla, commenting "Godzilla in 1998 was like a mere oversized dinosaur, lacking mythical or spiritual factors necessary for monster movies" and "I love the movie Godzilla: Final Wars because Godzilla crushed that fake Zilla".[1]
    • In the same interview, Dougherty noted that Anguirus, Biollante, and Mechagodzilla are some of his favorite monsters, and at one point he wanted Biollante to appear in his 2019 film, and if there will be a chance to make a sequel he would put the spotlight on Biollante and Gigan.
  • As revealed in one interview, Dougherty has a soft spot towards Rodan, claiming he is more powerful than Godzilla.[2]
  • In another interview, in August 2017, Mike went so far as to say King of the Monsters is to Godzilla what Aliens was to Alien.[3]
  • In an interview with Total Film Magazine, Dougherty revealed that he wanted to put the "God" back in "Godzilla"; he went on to explain that, growing up, he and Zach Shields didn't see Godzilla and the other Titans as men in rubber suits, or as the results of science experiments gone wrong, rather, they saw them as similar to beings like dragons, giants, the Old Ones or any other mythological beasts and creatures so wondrous and magnificent that they defy comprehension.[4]
  • As revealed in one interview with Dougherty, he stated that with King of the Monsters, his intent was to combine the grounded texture of Godzilla with the vibrant colors of Kong: Skull Island.[5]

References

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters


Staff
Directors: Ishiro HondaEiji TsuburayaSFX directorMotoyoshi OdaKoji HashimotoKoichi KawakitaAssistant SFX directorJun FukudaYoshimitsu BannoMikio Naruse
Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Writers: Shinichi SekizawaTakeo MurataTakeshi Kimura
Composers: Akira IfukubeMasaru Sato
Actors and actresses: Akira TakaradaAkihiko HirataMomoko KochiTakashi ShimuraFuyuki MurakamiRaymond BurrHiroshi KoizumiTadao TakashimaHideyo AmamotoKumi MizunoSusumu KurobeSeiji ŌnakaKoji FuruhataDon MessickTGPH
Suit actors: Haruo NakajimaKatsumi TezukaHiroshi SekitaKōji SoraSatoshi FuruyaKoetsu OmiyaShinji TakagiHideto OdachiIsao ZushiTadakki WatanabeToru Kawai
Directors: Kazuki OmoriTakao OkawaraWriters: Kazuki Omori
Composers: Reijiro KorokuKouichi SugiyamaTakayuki Hattori
Actors and actresses: Megumi OdakaMasahiro TakashimaJirō DanMayumi ŌkuwaKaori AizawaKenichirō Shimamura
Suit actors: Wataru FukudaRyō HaritaniKenpachiro SatsumaHurricane Ryu HarikenTsutomu KitagawaMizuho YoshidaAkira OhashiToshinori Sasaki
Printed media: Noriyoshi OhraiHurricane Ryu Hariken
Directors: Takao OkawaraMasaaki TezukaShusuke KanekoHirofumi IshigakiRyuhei Kitamura
Producers: Shogo Tomiyama
Writers: Wataru Mimura
Composers: Michiru OshimaKow Otani
Actors and actresses:Natalia D. AdamsOrga vocalizations
Suit actors: Rie OtaToshinori SasakiHirofumi IshigakiKazuhiro Yoshida
Directors: Roland Emmerich
Producers: Dean Devlin
Writers: Dean Devlin
Actors and actresses: Frank WelkerGodzilla vocalizations
Suit actors: Kurt Carley
Directors: Gareth EdwardsJordan Vogt-Roberts
Producers: Thomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersYoshimitsu Banno
Writers: Max Borenstein
Composers: Alexandre DesplatHenry Jackman
Actors and actresses: Aaron Taylor-JohnsonKen WatanabeElizabeth OlsenJuliette BinocheSally HawkinsDavid StrathairnBryan CranstonCarson BoldeCJ AdamsAl SapienzaTom HiddlestonSamuel L. JacksonJohn GoodmanBrie LarsonJing TianToby KebbellJohn OrtizCorey HawkinsJason MitchellShea WhighamThomas MannJohn C. ReillyMillie Bobby BrownKyle ChandlerVera FarmigaO'Shea Jackson Jr.Aisha HindsAnthony RamosCharles DanceRandell HavensThomas MiddleditchBradley WhitfordZhang Ziyi
Suit actors: T.J. Storm
Directors: Hideaki AnnoShinji HiguchiKobun ShizunoHiroyuki Seshita
Writers: Hideaki Anno
Composers: Shiro SagisuTakayuki Hattori
Actors and actresses: Ren MatsuzawaMiwa SasakiHiroki HasegawaYutaka TakenouchiSatomi IshiharaMamoru MiyanoTakahiro SakuraiKana HanazawaTomokazu SugitaYuuki KajiJunichi Suwabe
Suit actors: Mansai Nomura
Directors: Willis O'Brien
Actors and actresses: Peter CullenKing Kong vocalizations
IDW Publishing: Chris MowryMatt FrankJeff ZornowPriscilla Tramontano
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