As first reported by Deadline, Apple has ordered a brand new live action TV show around Monarch, Titans and Godzilla for their Apple TV+ service. Working with Legendary, Toho and Safehouse Pictures, which has a first look deal with Legendary, the series will expand on the MonsterVerse which first started with Godzilla (2014).

April 11th, 2024 update

Godzilla has been having a banner year, with Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire (2024) having just released while the memory of the success of Godzilla Minus One (2023) is still quite vivid. Another milestone was also the conclusion of the first season of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters (2023) in January this year. As it turns out, emphasis on the first season as Apple+ is eager now for a second season. In fact, they are looking toward Legendary for even more shows related to the Monsterverse outside of just the Monarch series.

Below is the full press release courtesy of Apple:

 

Apple TV+ renews global sensation “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” and announces plans for multiple spin-off series from Legendary Entertainment 

Apple TV+ today announced that its broadly acclaimed, global hit Monsterverse series “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” from Legendary Entertainment, has been renewed for a second season. On the heels of the monstrous success of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” Apple TV+ has also struck a new multi-series deal with Legendary Entertainment, which includes a second season of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” and multiple spinoff series based on the franchise.

“‘Monarch: Legacy of Monsters’ has left an indelible imprint on the hearts, minds and imaginations of audiences around the world, led by the brilliance of Chris, Matt, Kurt, Wyatt and the incredibly gifted talented cast and creative team,” said Morgan Wandell, head of international development for Apple TV+. “We couldn’t be more excited for viewers to not only have the chance to experience even more thrills in season two, but to embark on epic, new journeys in the franchise, as we expand Legendary’s Monsterverse.”

Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga – spanning three generations – reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.

The upcoming season of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is executive produced by showrunners and co-creators Chris Black and Matt Fraction, along with Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell from Safehouse Pictures, Matt Shakman, Andrew Colville and Jen Roskind. Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita executive produce on behalf of Toho Co., Ltd., the owner of the Godzilla character. Toho licensed the rights to Legendary for “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship with the film franchise.

The first season of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is now streaming globally on Apple TV+

Ten years strong, Legendary’s Monsterverse is an expansive story universe of cross-platform experiences centering around humanity’s battle to survive in a world facing a catastrophic new reality – the monsters of our myths and legends are real. Beginning with the Godzilla film in 2014 and continuing through 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong, and most recently the record-breaking Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire, which topped the box office with $380M million and counting after two weeks of release and still playing in theaters, the Monsterverse has accumulated over $2B at the global box office and expanded into the highly successful event series, Legendary’s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters for Apple TV+. Including an interconnected world of video games, graphic novels, toys and live experiences, the Monsterverse represents epic entertainment on the largest possible scale.

 

 

September 16th, 2023 update

Courtesy of Apple, a new press release has been made available, which focuses on shows that will have a presence at New York Comic Con later this October. The press release can be found below:

Apple TV+ sets thunderous New York Comic-Con lineup, including a preview of its highly anticipated series, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters”

NYCC panels to include screenings of monumental new Apple original series “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” based on Legendary’s Monsterverse, acclaimed fan-favorite “For All Mankind” and thrilling new drama series “The Changeling”

Apple TV+ today revealed plans for a towering New York Comic-Con lineup that will include advance screenings, as well as showcase the gifted creative teams, of highly anticipated upcoming series “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters”; returning and celebrated space drama “For All Mankind”; and, the compelling new drama series “The Changeling.” The news comes of the heels of Apple TV+ becoming the home to some of this year’s most acclaimed sci-fi hits, including “Silo,” “Foundation” and “Invasion.”

Fans heading to New York Comic-Con on this year will be treated to the first screening of the first episode of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” starring Emmy nominee Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski. Additionally, Apple TV+ will screen episode one of the upcoming fourth season of the broadly acclaimed series “For All Mankind” from Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore and Emmy Award nominees Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert, as well as the premiere episode of fantastical new drama series “The Changeling,” starring Academy Award nominee LaKeith Stanfield, which is currently airing on Apple TV+.

New York Comic-Con is set to take place from Thursday, October 12  through Sunday, October 15. Panel participants will be announced closer to the event.

Apple TV+’s original series screenings and panels at New York Comic-Con include:

“For All Mankind” Season Four

Apple TV+ presents “For All Mankind’s” alternate new millennium

Screening of episode 401 + panel presentation

Thursday, October 12 at 4:45 p.m.

Room 409

Description: After three seasons of rewriting history from the 1950s to the 1990s, Apple TV+’s critically acclaimed, alternate reality series “For All Mankind” returns for the highly-anticipated fourth season at the beginning of the new millennium, 2003. Tackling the most modern decade to date, the early 2000s comes to life in season four in a familiar yet astronomically different way, as new and returning cast members navigate life on earth and in the cosmos in the new millennium.

Rocketing into the new millennium in the eight years since season three, Happy Valley has rapidly expanded its footprint on Mars by turning former foes into partners. Now 2003, the focus of the space program has turned to the capture and mining of extremely valuable, mineral-rich asteroids that could change the future of both Earth and Mars. But simmering tensions between the residents of the now-sprawling international base threaten to undo everything they are working towards.

The ensemble cast returning for season four includes Joel Kinnaman, Wrenn Schmidt, Krys Marshall, Edi Gathegi, Cynthy Wu and Coral Peña along with new series regulars Toby Kebbell, Tyner Rushing, Daniel Stern and Svetlana Efremova. “For All Mankind” is created by Emmy Award winner Moore, and Emmy nominees Nedivi and Wolpert. Nedivi and Wolpert serve as showrunners and executive produce alongside Moore and Maril Davis of Tall Ship Productions, as well as David Weddle, Bradley Thompson and Seth Edelstein. “For All Mankind” is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

The first three seasons of “For All Mankind” are now available to stream on Apple TV+. Season four of “For All Mankind” will premiere November 10.

“Monarch: Legacy of Monsters”

Apple TV+ presents “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” based on Legendary’s Monsterverse

Screening of episode 101 + panel presentation

Friday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m.

Empire Stage

Description: Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga – spanning three generations – reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.

“Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is co-developed by Chris Black (“Severance,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Outcast,”) and Matt Fraction (“Hawkeye”). Matt Shakman (“Wandavision”) directs the first two episodes.

Hailing from Legendary Television, the series is executive produced by Black, Fraction and Shakman alongside Joby Harold (“Obi-Wan Kenobi,” “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”) and Tory Tunnell  (“Spinning Out,” “Underground”) from Safehouse Pictures, Matt Shakman (“Wandavision”), Andy Goddard (“Carnival Row, “Downton Abbey”), Brad Van Arragon (“Yellowjackets, “Carnival Row”), and Andrew Colville (“Severance,” “Star Trek: Discovery”). Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita executive produce on behalf of Toho Co., Ltd., the owner of the Godzilla character. Toho licensed the rights to Legendary for “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship with the film franchise.

Legendary Entertainment’s Monsterverse is an epic entertainment universe of interconnected stories that bring together popular culture’s most titanic forces of nature. Witness humanity’s greatest battle for survival as we fight for our world in the face of 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,” the Monsterverse has accumulated close to two billion dollars globally at the box office and is ever-expanding, with the highly anticipated sequel “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.”

Season one of “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” will premiere November 17 on Apple TV+

“The Changeling”

Apple TV+ presents “The Changeling”

Screening of episode 101 + panel presentation

Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Room 405

Description: Adapted from the acclaimed best-selling book of the same name, “The Changeling” is a fairytale for grown-ups — a horror story, a parenthood fable and a perilous odyssey through a New York City you didn’t know existed. Join us for a special “Friday the 13th” screening of the first season finale episode, along with an exclusive panel with some of the brilliant minds behind the all-new dark, mythical fairytale that will intrigue viewers at every shocking turn. The eight-part drama stars and is executive produced by Academy Award nominee LaKeith Stanfield and created by Kelly Marcel, who also serves as executive producer. In addition to Stanfield, the series stars Clark Backo, Adina Porter, Samuel T. Herring, Alexis Louder, Jared Abrahamson, and special guest star Malcolm Barrett.

“The Changeling” is written and adapted by showrunner and executive producer Kelly Marcel, and the pilot episode was directed by Melina Matsoukas.

The series is produced by Apple Studios and Annapurna. Megan Ellison, Patrick Chu and Ali Krug are executive producers on behalf of Annapurna. Showrunner Kelly Marcel, the book’s author Victor LaValle, David Knoller, and director Jonathan van Tulleken executive produce alongside star LaKeith Stanfield. Director Matsoukas serves as executive producer through her De La Revolución Films. Sue Naegle and David Wolkis also serve as executive producer, Khaliah Neal as co-executive producer.

Season one of “The Changeling” is currently available on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have earned 376 wins and 1,567 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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September 9th, 2023 update

A teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming show, which is now dated for a Apple TV+ debut on November 17th, 2023. The 10 episode series will launch with two episodes, with one new episode every Friday through January 12th, 2024. The teaser shows monsters and the cast alike, including a returning character from Kong: Skull Island (2017).

 

August 17th, 2023 update

The first images and title drop for Monarch: Legacy of Monsters have surfaced via Apple TV. Expected to release later this Fall, the show follows Lee Shaw, played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell. The official press release can be found below:

Apple TV+ unveils first-look at highly anticipated Godzilla and Titans live action original series, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” 

Based on Legendary’s Monsterverse, the new series premiering on Apple TV+ stars Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski  

Today, Apple TV+ announced the title of its highly anticipated sci-fi drama based on Legendary’s Monsterverse as “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” and unveiled the first images from the 10-episode series starring Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Anna Sawai, Kiersey Clemons, Ren Watabe, Mari Yamamoto, Anders Holm, Joe Tippett and Elisa Lasowski.

Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” tracks two siblings following in their father’s footsteps to uncover their family’s connection to the secretive organization known as Monarch. Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (played by Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows. The dramatic saga – spanning three generations – reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives. 

“Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” is co-developed by Chris Black (“Severance,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Outcast,”) and Matt Fraction (“Hawkeye”). Matt Shakman (“Wandavision”) directs the first two episodes. 

Hailing from Legendary Television, the series is executive produced by Black, Fraction and Shakman alongside Joby Harold (“Obi-Wan Kenobi,” “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”) and Tory Tunnell  (“Spinning Out,” “Underground”) from Safehouse Pictures, Matt Shakman (“Wandavision”), Andy Goddard (“Carnival Row, “Downton Abbey”), Brad Van Arragon (“Yellowjackets, “Carnival Row”), and Andrew Colville (“Severance,” “Star Trek: Discovery”). Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita executive produce on behalf of Toho Co., Ltd., the owner of the Godzilla character. Toho licensed the rights to Legendary for “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” as a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship with the film franchise.

Legendary Entertainment’s Monsterverse is an epic entertainment universe of interconnected stories that bring together popular culture’s most titanic forces of nature. Witness humanity’s greatest battle for survival as we fight for our world in the face of 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,” the Monsterverse has accumulated close to two billion dollars globally at the box office and is ever-expanding, with the highly anticipated sequel “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire.”

The series will premiere globally on Apple TV+ alongside an expanding offering of sweeping, world-building dramas including global hit series “Silo”; “Foundation,” based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov, and created by David S. Goyer; “Invasion,” a sci-fi drama series from Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy Award-nominated producer Simon Kinberg and David Weil launching its second season on August 23, and more.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all original streaming service to launch around the world and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 371 wins and 1,544 award nominations and counting, including Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

About Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $6.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy three months of Apple TV+ for free.*

For more information, visit apple.com/tvpr and see the full list of supported devices.

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August 18th, 2022 update

Per Deadline, Mari Yamamoto of Pachinko fame has joined the cast of the untitled MonsterVerse television series. Her role in the show has not yet been made public.

July 20th, 2022 update

Apple TV+ revealed that actors Kurt Russell, who has appeared in everything from Escape from New York to The Thing, and his son Wyatt Russell, likely best known as US Agent on Falcon and the Winter Soldier, have now joined the cast of the upcoming Apple original live-action MonsterVerse television series. Their precise roles in the production are unknown at this time.

June 30th, 2022 update

Five members of the cast and their respective characters have been revealed for the upcoming show. They are, with:

  • Cate played by Anna Sawai
    A teacher and survivor of the Godzilla incident in 2014. She is traveling to Japan in order to settle family business and in the process discovers a secret.
  • Kentaro played by Ren Watabe
    A young man in search of finding out more about his mysterious father.
  • May played by Kiersey Clemons
    An American living abroad.
  • Tim played by Joe Tippett
    An office worker.
  • Duvall played by Elisa Laswoski
    An expert agent.

May 19th, 2022 update

The upcoming and currently untitled series around Monarch, Titans and Godzilla has a director. Matt Shakman, helmer on WandaVision and director of the Immigrant series, has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of the upcoming show. It’s unknown how many episodes might be in the series, and given the announcement it’s likely that other directors will be announced to helm the later episodes in the series.

January 20th, 2022 update

Very little is known about the project right now, although a plot synopsis has been released:

Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking new reality that monsters are real, the untitled series explores one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.

The running theory is that this places the television show as directly following the 2014 movie, as opposed to later entries in the MonsterVerse. How much this will focus on Monarch versus giant monsters is also a burning question. Taking to Twitter, Legendary did note that Godzilla and other Titans would be appearing in the show.

Production wise, the series will be produced by Legendary Television. Showrunner and executive producer will be Chris Black, whose prior producer work includes Star Trek: Enterprise, Desperate Housewives and many other shows. In addition, Black is credited as a co-creator alongside Matt Fraction, who will also executive produces on the program. Fraction is best known for his writing for comics, ranging from The Immortal Iron Fist to Uncanny X-Men. He also worked as a consultant on both the film Iron Man 2 and the Disney+ series Hawkeye. Joining them on the executive production team will be Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita from Toho. Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell from Safehouse Pictures will also be involved as executive producers.

A release date is currently not announced for the show. We’ll update this article, turning it into a news roundup, as more information becomes available.