The big screen worlds of Godzilla and Legendary’s Monsterverse are improving 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 the Star Trek Enterprise and Robert Kirkman Outcast series, and Matt Fraction, known for his award-winning comic work like Marvel Comics’ Hawkeye . The two will serve as the show’s co-creators, with Black serving as host.
Also executive producers are Safehouse Pictures’ Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell as well as Toho Co’s Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita. Ltd. Toho is the owner of Godzilla and other minor characters.
Legendary has unleashed Toho’s monsters since Godzilla 2014. After the first film, the film begins to build a cinematic universe of monsters including King Kong, which is not owned by Toho, as well as monsters. Giants collectively known as Titans, kaiju come from beneath the Earth’s crust to wreak havoc on human civilization. The cinematic universe includes Kong: Skull Island in 2017, Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, and 2022 Godzilla Rug. Overall, the films have grossed nearly $2 billion 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 already has Foundation, an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s novel, the sci-fi TV series Invasion and Jason Momoa’s post-apocalyptic horror film See.
Black worked on the hit series Sliders in the 1990s before working on Enterprise as well as Desperate Housewives in the early 2000s. Most recently, he acted as a writer and producer on Outcast, the series Adapted from the comic book Kirkman by ACM
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