Michael Dougherty

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Michael Dougherty
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Dougherty at SDCC 2015
Born (1974-10-28) October 28, 1974 (age 43)
Columbus, Ohio, United States
  • Film director
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active 1996–present
Website mikedougherty.com

Michael Dougherty (born October 28, 1974) is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter, known for his work with Dan Harris on the scripts for Bryan Singer's films X2 and Superman Returns. He is also known for writing and directing the cult horror film Trick 'r Treat.[1] On October 28, 2013, at a special screening, it was announced to the surprise of the audience that a sequel will be produced by Legendary Pictures.[2] He also directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the horror/comedy Krampus (2015). Dougherty will be co-writing and directing the upcoming sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters for a May 31, 2019 release date.

Early life[edit]

Dougherty was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and attended the Tisch School of Arts at New York University in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, which is where he produced Season's Greetings (1996).[3] His mother is Vietnamese.


His directorial debut, Trick 'r Treat, is based on his own script, and was produced by Bryan Singer.[4] It played at several film festivals, before being released on DVD on October 6, 2009 in the US and Canada.[5] In December 2014, he began work on his horror film Krampus, which was released in December 2015,[6] and co-wrote the script for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), with Singer, Dan Harris and Simon Kinberg, with Singer once again as director.[7] In October 2016, it was revealed that Dougherty will write the script for Godzilla: King of the Monsters along with Zach Shields.[8] A day later, it was reported that Dougherty is also in negotiations to direct Godzilla: King of the Monsters.[9] In January 2017, Dougherty was officially announced as the director for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.[10][11]

Dougherty is an artist and some of his artwork is displayed on his official website[citation needed].


  • 2009 – Won the Toronto After Dark Silver Audience Award for Trick 'r Treat
  • 2008 – Won the Screamfest Audience Choice Award for Trick 'r Treat
  • 2007 – Won the Saturn Award for Best Writing for Superman Returns (shared with Dan Harris)
  • 2004 – Nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Writing for X2 (shared with Dan Harris)
  • 2003 – Won the Screamfest Best Animated Short Award for Deadtime Stories


Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
1996 Season's Greetings Yes Yes Short film
2003 X2 Yes
2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Yes
2006 Superman Returns Yes
2007 Trick 'r Treat Yes Executive Yes
2010 Trick 'r Treat: Making Friends Yes Executive Yes Short film
2015 Krampus Yes Yes Yes
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Yes
2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters Yes Yes

Comic books[edit]

Bryan Singer, Dougherty and Dan Harris provided the plots to four comic book prequels to Superman Returns. The four forty-page comic book prequels were published by DC Comics throughout the month of June 2006 and bridged the gap between the second Superman film and Superman Returns.

  • Superman Returns: Krypton to Earth - Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
Summary: In the first of the four prequels, fans will revisit the Man of Steel’s origins and witness how the world has been transformed in Superman’s absence.
  • Superman Returns: Ma Kent - Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
Summary: The second special conceived by Bryan Singer and illustrated by Karl Kerschl spotlights the life of the woman who raised the Man of Tomorrow—and explores how she survived a world without Superman.
  • Superman Returns: Lex Luthor - Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
Summary: Lex Luthor always dreamed of a world without a Superman. How will Superman’s arch-nemesis react when he finally gets what he’s wanted for so many years?
  • Superman Returns: Lois Lane - Story by Bryan Singer, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris
Summary: Lois Lane has loved... and lost... the Man of Steel. How will this intrepid reporter rebound from Superman’s absence?

In 2015, with Todd Casey, Zach Shields and Marc Andeyko, Michael Dougherty co wrote and created a comic book tie in to Trick 'r Treat, titled 'Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead'. It features four new short stories, spanning centuries, depicting a variety of characters and cultures, going back to the holiday's roots in ancient Ireland.

Later that year, with Casey, Zach and Laura Shields, Dougherty also published a tie-in to Krampus titled Krampus: Shadows of Saint Nicholas. It features three stories which expand the mythology of the Krampus.


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "Trick 'r Treat 2 Announced".
  3. ^ TRICK 'R TREATing with Michael Dougherty Archived October 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Michael Dougherty talks ''Trick 'r Treat'' at FEARnet". Fearnet.com. January 5, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Stax (April 16, 2003). "''10 Questions: Mike Dougherty & Dan Harris''". Movies.ign.com. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Barton, Steve (December 19, 2014). "Mike Dougherty and Legendary Spread Some Christmas Fear". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Lesnick, Silas (September 22, 2014). "Bryan Singer Confirmed to Direct X-Men: Apocalypse". Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 20, 2016). "Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields to Write 'Godzilla 2' for Legendary (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Hayes, Britt (October 21, 2016). "Exclusive: 'Godzilla 2' May Be Helmed by 'Krampus' Director Michael Dougherty". Screen Crush. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 23, 2017). "'Godzilla 2' Finds Director in Michael Dougherty". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  11. ^ "Mike Dougherty Confirms the Title is Godzilla: King of "THE" Monsters". Scified. January 29, 2017. Retrieved January 31, 2017.

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