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BREAKING: Legendary announce NEW live action Godzilla Monsterverse TV series!

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The Monsterverse will continue and Legendary have just announced the next phase of the franchise in the form of a brand new, live action TV series which will stream exclusively on the Apple TV Plus platform! According to the announcement the series WILL include Godzilla, as Toho have licensed the character out again for use in the series. The Monsterverse will also feature other Titans and Monsters from the universe and will "explore the mythic legacy of a world where Monsters are real":

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Written by ChrisPublished on 2022-01-20 16:14:43
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Djdndnejwnwn

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 4:22 PM

This is legendary getting revenge at WB for changing GVK times and doing the HBO at the same time, 

 

(I’m referencing some weird drama that happened between them that no one probably remembers)

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 4:25 PM

Yeah, this seems to hint that Legendary isn't letting HBO Max anywhere near their MonsterVerse streaming projects.  WB will still most likely distribute the movies though.  Anyways I'm really hyped.

 

...and Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) better have a supporting role in all of this.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 4:26 PM

Also, Godzilla returning seems to indicate Toho and Legendary have worked out a deal.

 

Hopefully without WB, since they have proven to be incompetent at every turn.

Djdndnejwnwn

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 4:32 PM

sonictiger

The fact that it’s reported to be more connected to 14’ makes me doubt the Russell’s will be in it.

I’m interested to see what Tohos side of the contract is. Singular Point Season 2 has already been announced, and because it was successful in Japan. 

The fact that it goes to apple now worries me, because Apple+ isn’t like the biggest streaming service, but maybe I don’t know.

I don’t want it to be a situation where a company buys something and it fizzles out.

Is “Son of Kong” cancelled then?

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-20-2022 4:36 PM

The pattern seems to indicate Legendary Pictures' deal with WB only goes as far as films. Legendary Television, on the other hand, seems to operate with different distributors. This new Agents of SHIELD: Monarch Edition and the (supposed) Skull Island anime are both without WB's help.

I suppose this makes sense as Legendary's television output has, so far, aired across four different channels and three different streaming services--None of which are HBOMax.

This doesn't really point to Legendary's partnership with WB expiring. But it does seem to insinuate that their television branch
is not part of the same WB deal.

That said, I'm not planning on footing the bill for yet another streaming service.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 4:49 PM

HinikunaGoji, press releases have stated that the show is following up on the events on Godzilla '14, King of The Monsters, and Godzilla Vs. Kong.  I'll admit Madison or Mark appearing is a stretch, but they'll at least get a small mention or reference to their current activity.

G.H. (Gman), WB handling the films doesn't seem promising as their incompetence may hurt the MonsterVerse even more if this new show ends up winning over the masses.  Also, Skull Island is still happening at Netflix.  But I would expect it to come out in 2023 or 2024 while Godzilla: Singular Point season 2 is in development to space out the kaiju projects. 

SasquaDash

MemberAnguirusJan-20-2022 4:49 PM

 

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 4:56 PM

My thoughts exactly.  Any thoughts on the conversation in the comments?

 

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-20-2022 4:57 PM

sonictiger,
HinikunaGoji is correct. The current synopsis seems to point toward the story taking place in between Godzilla '14 and King of the Monsters. This is the official synopsis provided by by Apple TV, via SciFi Japan:

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

The press release only mentions the other movies being a part of the series.

Djdndnejwnwn

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 5:00 PM

sonictiger

What seems complicated about them running together is the fact that they’re both shows, but MV and the anime trilogy happened together 

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 5:04 PM

Well, I wouldn't be too surprised if the show's first season (if it becomes a longer show) is the only one to serve as a midquel to G14 and KOTM.  I can imagine Legendary would want to incorporate some of it's human characters who have gotten better reception than most.  Also, it did mention that Titans were showing up besides Godzilla.  And they weren't really "awakened" until KOTM so while it would make sense, the midquel idea seems unlikely.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 5:06 PM

Basically what I'm saying is that most of the Titans were awakened during King of The Monsters, so it could serve as a massive continuity issue unless every Titan featured in the show (Godzilla excluded, since he was active) is completely new.

SasquaDash

MemberAnguirusJan-20-2022 5:13 PM

I like that they're putting some focus on the aftermath of 2014, it's my second favorite movie in the MonsterVerse and it's one of my top 10 favorite Godzilla movies. It will be interesting to see what they do with the story.

 

Also I think we can officially change this.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-20-2022 5:15 PM

sonictiger,
There's nothing that says other monsters weren't awakened here and there between 2014 and King of the Monsters. Plenty of franchises do retcons these days, I can believe they would do it here. Especially if it's a cost-saving measure. (Less Titans, less effects work, etc.)

Djdndnejwnwn

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 5:23 PM

Actually in the prequel novel Godzilla Dominion He locked up the other titans.

So if they plan to have other titans show up, I wonder how they’ll do it.

Djdndnejwnwn

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 5:24 PM

SasquaDash

Summon Chris lol

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 5:26 PM

I mean, the retcons could also give excuses for more film and TV installments to clear this up I guess.  Also, this seems to be making our MONARCH show ideas come to light.  Also, I think an anthology trilogy would be a great format for this show.  It could focus on one crop of characters in the aftermath of '14, KOTM, and GVK.  That's for each season.  They could also have existing characters that are tied to Godzilla in supporting roles for every season.

SasquaDash

MemberAnguirusJan-20-2022 5:27 PM

G. H. (Gman)

The incident involving MUTO Prime happed shortly after the events of 2014 but was covered up by Monarch, so it's possible that other incidents involving other monsters were covered up as well.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 5:33 PM

Now that's a good point.  This first season could cover incidents involving Godzilla that were covered up following his resurgence in SF.

SasquaDash

MemberAnguirusJan-20-2022 5:47 PM

sonictiger

King of the Monsters started with them stating that Godzilla had been "missing" for the past 5 years, however it was later revealed that Monarch had been monitoring Godzilla the whole time. So Monarch was still keeping information hidden from the public at that point, it's possible that smaller incidents with Godzilla and some other monsters happened without the public knowing about them.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 5:49 PM

Yeah, that's true.  How was my anthology pitch?

SasquaDash

MemberAnguirusJan-20-2022 6:14 PM

sonictiger

An anthology series could be pretty interesting.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 6:52 PM

Yeah, that would be really cool.  It could connect all of the movies while offering new stuff as well.

Chris

AdminSpaceGodzillaJan-20-2022 7:37 PM

This is super exciting however like Gman, I'm not super thrilled about shelling out more money for another streaming service I probably won't ever use besides for this series. Online streaming used to be convenient but it's slowly turning into prime time cable with clusters of annoying subscription services, each increasing rates year after year. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave and Disney Plus, I'll have to add Paramount Plus (for the Halo series) and now Apple TV Plus for Monsterverse series? RIP to my bank account. I was hoping Legendary would strike a deal with a larger streaming provider like Amazon or Crave.

Also, I've updated the footer text to reflect the new direction! I will also be working on updates across the site to highlight and focus news and updates on this new series. Keep an eye out for that soon!

7amey

MemberBaragonJan-20-2022 7:58 PM

This is certainly exciting.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 8:52 PM

Thankfully, I have Apple TV Plus.  So lucky me, I'll probably be one of the first to report on the show when it releases...

Djdndnejwnwn

MemberGiganJan-20-2022 10:21 PM

Chris

To be honest I don’t ever hear anyone say, When I go home, I’ll relax on the couch and watch Apple TV +

 

KingKaijuGojira

MemberTitanosaurusJan-21-2022 5:14 AM

Awesome! I want to see Godzilla (obviously), Scylla, Behemoth, Rodan, Mothra, Kong, Na Kika, and so many more. I'm just so happy the Monsterverse continues. Maybe we'll get classic enemies like Gigan, Megalon, or SpaceGodzilla?

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-21-2022 10:47 AM

I think they'll have just Godzilla and some new monsters for the first season (since that will be post-G14), and then go into a world post-GVK in future seasons.

Djdndnejwnwn

MemberGiganJan-21-2022 11:04 AM

Honestly I’d like it to focus between GvK and KOTM or pre GvK in general 

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-21-2022 11:24 AM

I would be in genuine shock if any other Toho monsters appeared.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-21-2022 11:51 AM

The 5 years between KOTM and GVK could use some more background.  Here's my 3-season idea:

Season 1: Takes place between Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla: King of The Monsters.  Godzilla along with more original Titans show up, and I would like to see characters like Biollante and Gigan appear in that season.  Most of the human characters are all new, but potential cameos could include Ishiro Seriwaza (Ken Wantanabe) and Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga).

Season 2: Takes place between KOTM and Godzilla Vs. Kong.  Entirely new human cast lineup, with possible cameos from Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), The Chen Sisters (Zhang Ziyi), and Houston Brooks (Joe Morton).  It should bring back some of the KOTM Titans that had smaller screentime, and Rodan.  I'd also like to see some other Toho characters, like Anguirus and Varan.

Season 3: Takes place post-GVK.  Focuses on the characters established in the previous two seasons with the possible supporting role of Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown).  I think it should bring Mothra back along with all-new Titans to pal around with Godzilla.  That's all.

 

Ok, how was that?

 

Trash panda

MemberAnguirusJan-21-2022 11:54 AM

Behemoth. Definitely

SasquaDash

MemberAnguirusJan-21-2022 11:55 AM

sonictiger

That would be interesting. Using the series to bridge the gaps between films could help with world building, it would also give them plenty of ideas to work with. 

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-21-2022 12:06 PM

Yes, exactly!

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-21-2022 12:07 PM

Also, it'd be amazing to have a teaser trailer like this: Godzilla 2014 Announcement Trailer - San Diego Comic-Con 2012

Djdndnejwnwn

MemberGiganJan-21-2022 1:26 PM

sonictiger

It was very exciting seeing this new trailer come out back then.

sonictiger

MemberGiganJan-21-2022 1:32 PM

Yes, it was.  And I want a trailer like that for this show.

GojiraGigantis

MemberMothra LarvaeJan-30-2022 2:12 PM

Yay!

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