Filmmaker Michael Dougherty broke through first as a writer on films like “X2: X-Men United” and “Superman Returns” before going on to write and direct his own stuff including the Halloween-themed “Trick ‘r Treat” and the holiday-themed horror “Krampus”.

More recently he’s been a part of the Legendary monster-verse, helming 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” and contributing to the scripts for “Godzilla vs. Kong” and its upcoming sequel.

That said, his passion for his own spookier fare remains and he spoke with Collider this week about potential sequels for both. First up, whilst a “Krampus” follow-up is not confirmed he says he has an “idea for a sequel” involving a “group of strangers who are trapped somewhere”.

For now though, it sounds like just an idea and not in official development. Though reviews were mixed, “Krampus” took in $61.5 million worldwide against its estimated $15 million budget.

More likely to go forward is a “Trick ‘r Treat” follow-up. He says the sequel “is in active development” with Legendary and “would go so far as to say that we have several drafts of a script”. In addition, a bunch of storyboards and concept art is done, but the strikes and other elements are complicating matters:

I’m hoping to talk to Legendary. They’ve been wonderful, like great collaborators. But so much of it is timing, and as you know, we just got out of a strike, so the next step, fingers crossed, would be looking at budget, of course, schedule, and all the rest … But we have a really, really great script for a sequel. And I brought in my co-writer from Krampus to do it with me. So Zach Shields and Todd Casey who do Krampus with me also helped me write Trick ‘r Treat Part 2.”

Originally released rather quietly in the late 2000s, the nonlinear anthology film with its burlap sack-wearing character Sam has become a cult smash in recent years with ever-increasing calls for another one.

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