The big screen world of Godzilla and Legendary’s Monsterverse are being favored on the small screen.
Apple TV+ has teamed up with Legendary to make a new original action show based on mysterious monster-watching creatures and organizations seen in popular movies.
Coming from Television Legends, the show will be hosted by Chris Black, the veteran science fiction writer behind Star Trek Enterprise and the Robert Kirkman series Castawayand Matt Fraction, best known for his award-winning comic work like Marvel Comics’ Hawk Eye. The two will serve as the show’s co-creators with Black as the showrunner.
Executive producers also include Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell of Safehouse Pictures as well as Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita of Toho Co. Ltd. Toho is the owner of Godzilla and other minor characters.
Legend has unleashed Toho’s monsters since 2014 Godzilla. After the first film, it began building a cinematic universe of monsters that included King Kong, not owned by Toho, as well as giant monsters known collectively as Titans, kaiju from below. Earth’s crust to wreak havoc on human civilization. The cinematic universe covers the year 2017 Kong: Skull Island, 2019 Godzilla: King of Monstersand in 2021 Godzilla vs. Kong. Overall, the films have grossed nearly two billion dollars globally at the box office.
According to Apple, which made the announcement Thursday, the series “follows the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real,” and will explore “A journey to uncover a family’s buried secrets and a legacy that links them to the secret organization known as Monarch. ”
The Monsterverse series is the latest entry in a sci-fi/fantasy series that streamers are developing to appeal to viewers yearning for the product with weird and epic style. The company has establish, adapted from the novel by Isaac Asimov, sci-fi TV series Invasionand Jason Momoa’s post-apocalyptic thriller See.
Black worked on the hit series of the 1990s Scroll bar before work Enterprise as Desperate Housewives in the early 2000s. Most recently he acted as a writer and producer performing on Castaway, ACM adapted from the comic book Kirkman.
Fraction has written many comic books for Marvel, including a popular movie Hawk Eye. The recently popular Marvel Studios series seen on Disney+ relies heavily on his work, and he’s earned his credits as a consulting producer on the show. That’s unusual since comic writers tend to get “thanks” credit but in this case his contribution was more impactful.