On Thursday, Apple announced a series order for a new live action streaming series featuring Godzilla. The currently untitled project will take place in Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse and be set after Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla film.
On one hand, the chronology is a bit disappointing since it means we likely won’t get to see many other monsters/Titans. On the other hand, it means we won’t be following up the events that took place in Godzilla vs. Kong (which many of my colleagues enjoyed, but I absolutely hated).
The series will be produced by Chris Black (who will also serve as showrunner) and Matt Fraction, who is probably very well known to most of you reading this. The story will center around a family’s quest to uncover their secret connection to Monarch, the secret Titan-research group present throughout Legendary’s Monsterverse films.
Read the official press release below:
Apple TV+ today announced a series order for a new original live-action series from Legendary’s Monsterverse franchise. Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the series explores one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.
The untitled Monsterverse series will be produced by Legendary Television and executive produced by co-creators Chris Black (“Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Outcast”), who will also serve as showrunner, and Matt Fraction (“Hawkeye”), alongside Safehouse Pictures’ Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell, and Toho Co., Ltd. Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita will executive produce for Toho. Toho is the owner of the Godzilla character and has licensed the rights to Legendary for this series as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship on the film franchise.
Legendary’s Monsterverse is an expansive story universe of multi-layered experiences centering around humanity’s battle to survive in a world that is under siege by a catastrophic new reality — the monsters of our myths and legends are real. Beginning in 2014 with “Godzilla” and continuing with 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island,” 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” and 2021’s “Godzilla vs. Kong,” Monsterverse films have accumulated close to two billion dollars globally at the box office and is ever expanding with the latest iteration being a new anime series, “Skull Island.”
The untitled Monsterverse series will premiere globally on Apple TV+ alongside an expanding offering of sweeping, world-building dramas including the upcoming “Wool,” based on Hugh Howey’s New York Times best-selling trilogy of the same name; “Foundation,” based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, and created by David S. Goyer; “Invasion,” a new sci-fi drama series from Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy Award-nominated producer Simon Kinberg and David Weil; and post-apocalyptic series “See,” starring Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista and Alfre Woodard.
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