| Film director|
| October 28, 1974 (age 41) (1974-10-28) Columbus, Ohio, United States|
Film director, producer, screenwriter
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Trick 'r Treat, Krampus, X‑Men: Apocalypse, Superman Returns, X2
Dan Harris, Bryan Singer, Allison Tolman, Dylan Baker, David Koechner
Michael Dougherty Wikipedia
Michael Dougherty 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's also known for writing and directing the cult horror film Trick 'r Treat. 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. 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 March 22, 2019 release date.
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). His mother is Vietnamese.
His directorial debut, Trick 'r Treat, is based on his own script, and was produced by Bryan Singer. It played at several film festivals, before being released on DVD on October 6, 2009 in the US and Canada. In December 2014, he began work on his horror film Krampus, which was released in December 2015, and co-wrote the script for X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), with Singer, Dan Harris and Simon Kinberg, with Singer once again as director. In October 2016, it was revealed that Dougherty will write the script for Godzilla: King of the Monsters along with Zach Shields. A day later, it was reported that Dougherty is also in negotiations to direct Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In January 2017, Dougherty was officially announced as the director for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Dougherty is an artist and some of his artwork is displayed on his official website.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
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?