Have you enjoyed the most recent American-made Godzilla movies? Well, we have great news for you! The monster-filled world Godzilla and Legendary Pictures have created together will soon come to the small screen. That’s right! Apple TV+ announced it would partner with Legendary for a new, live-action show based on their big-budget movies!
New Godzilla TV Show Deal
Last week, Apple announced that it would work with Legendary Television on the first America, live-action Godzilla show. According to the announcement, the series will follow “the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real.” Those are the events covered in the 2014 film, Godzilla. Meanwhile, the show will also explore “one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.” It certainly sounds exciting!
While fans do not know much about the show’s plot just yet, Apple also announced some of the crew behind the show. Chris Black, the man behind shows like Star Trek Enterprise and Outcast, will executive produce. Matt Fraction, who recently worked on Hawkeye, will join him as an executive producer. Both also serve as co-creators, with Black taking on the role of showrunner. Of course, members of Toho Co. Ltd. – the company that created Godzilla back in 1954 and still own the character – will be onboard. Both Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita from Toho will work as executive producers.
While a Godzilla show might seem like a bit of a gamble, Apple and Legendary Television are just following a well-trod trail in modern Hollywood…
Following Netflix’s Steps
Legendary has undoubtedly put a lot of eggs into the giant monster basket. For those who don’t remember, it all started with a new, American take on Japan’s most legendary monster, the 2014 film Godzilla. Afterward, Legendary and its owner – Warner Bros. – started making a cinematic universe that has included many famous movie monsters. This even included King Kong, not owned by Toho! So far, Legendary has made three additional MonsterVerse movies. Most recently, in 2021, the company released Godzilla vs. Kong, one of the biggest box office earners of the pandemic era.
Believe it or not, the upcoming MonsterVerse show is far from the only modern attempt to bring massive Japanese monsters to television. Back in 2017, Netflix distributed Toho’s first attempt at an anime-style animated monster movie, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. It must have worked, as Toho and Netflix teamed up once again on the 2021 anime-style animated series Godzilla Singular Point, which scored a decent 71% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Nor is Godzilla the only monster earning a television show from Legendary Television. In early 2021, just prior to the release of Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary and Netflix announced that they would co-produce an anime-style animated show entitled Skull Island. This would focus on, as the name suggests, Skull Island, where King Kong rules. It is unclear how – if at all – the two Legendary shows will interact with one another.