Time to relearn the lyrics of the Mothra song. The Titans of Legendary’s Monsterverse are headed to AppleTV+.
The streamer announced Thursday plans for an as-yet untitled Monsterverse live-action TV series from Outcast‘s Chris Black and former Hawkeye writer Matt Fraction. Black will serve as showrunner. The program will follow a family’s journey “to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.” The shadowy group, introduced in Godzilla (2014), links the extant Monsterverse films.
Also involved in the series are executive producers Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell and Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita, who represent Godzilla’s owners, Toho Co. Ltd. Toho’s continued involvement is essential as the Monsterverse barely exists without their Kaiju, which includes Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and over a dozen other giant monsters.
The move to AppleTV+ is interesting as Legendary’s Monsterverse previously had a home at WarnerMedia. Although, it is easy to imagine there may be some bad blood there as Warner unilaterally chose to make Godzilla vs. Kong a day-and-date release in theaters and on HBO Max and allegedly prevented the company from selling the film to Netflix. Legendary took the media conglomerate to court over the matter, but ultimately agreed to release both the Monsterverse film and Dune in the unusual hyrbid format. But its clear for their next project, Legendary would like a fresh partner.
That said, this isn’t the first time Legendary and Warner broke up over a sour deal, but it will be interesting to see how Apple takes advantage of the Kaiju going forward. As it happens, we always felt the platform lacked a true genre juggernaut, and though its produced some great science fiction in the last two years, Godzilla fits the bill of big, populist fan favorite.
As with all newly announced projects, it is unclear how quickly the series will come to the platform. But we hope it means there will be room for Mothra’s true origins (and the Twins) to make their way into the Monsterverse.