Michael Dougherty

For the American soldier, see Michael Dougherty (soldier). For the composer of the Metropolis Symphony, see Michael Daugherty.
Michael Dougherty

Dougherty at SDCC 2015
Born (1974-10-28) October 28, 1974
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Website mikedougherty.com

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.[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).

Early life

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 2 along with Zach Shields.[8] A day later, it was reported that Dougherty is also in negotiations to direct Godzilla 2.[9]

Dougherty is an artist and some of his artwork is displayed on his official website.



Year Film Director Producer Writer Other Notes
1996 Season's Greetings Yes Yes
2003 X2 Yes
2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Yes
2006 Superman Returns Yes
2007 Trick 'r Treat Yes Yes Yes executive producer
2010 Making Friends Yes Yes Yes executive producer
2015 Krampus Yes Yes Yes
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Yes
2019 Godzilla 2 Yes Yes
TBA Trick 'r Treat 2 Yes Yes Pre-production


Comic books

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.

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.
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.
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?
Summary: Lois Lane has loved... and lost... the Man of Steel. How will this intrepid reporter rebound from Superman’s absence?


  1. "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  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. 2015-01-05. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  5. Stax (2003-04-16). "''10 Questions: Mike Dougherty & Dan Harris''". Movies.ign.com. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  6. Barton, Steve (2014-12-19). "Mike Dougherty and Legendary Spread Some Christmas Fear". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  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.

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