WANDAVISION’s Matt Shakman to Direct Monsterverse TV Series

After leveling San Francisco in 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong, you might assume the King of the Monsters would want to take a bit of a breather. Not so! He and the other titans, along with the exploits of monster-tracking organization Monarch, will return in a brand new series heading to Apple TV+.  Deadline broke the news about the deal to expand Legendary’s Monsterverse into a live-action series. According to the news, the series will follow on from GvK and “explores one family’s journey to uncover its buried secrets and a legacy linking them to the secret organization known as Monarch.”

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The series will be produced by Legendary Television. Co-creators Chris Black and Matt Fraction will executive produce. Fraction is, of course, the writer of a million great comics, including the run of Hawkeye that inspired the recent Disney+ series. Black, who will also serve as showrunner, has written for and produced a number of series. They include Star Trek: EnterpriseMad Men, and most recently Outcast, based on the Robert Kirkman comic. Matt Shakman (WandaVision) will direct the first two episodes of the Monsterverse series.

Safehouse Pictures’ Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell will also executive produce along with Toho Co. Ltd. Hiro Matsuoka and Takemasa Arita will executive produce for Toho. Toho owns the Godzilla character and has licensed the rights to Legendary for this series. It’s a natural byproduct of their long-term relationship on the film franchise.

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Since 2014, the ever-growing Monsterverse has included the movies Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). An upcoming anime series, Skull Island, is also on the way.  We’ll keep you in the loop about any further news for the Godzilla series but for now we’re just excited to see the big boy and his court of giant monsters on our screens more often.

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Kyle Anderson is the Senior Editor for Nerdist. You can find his film and TV reviews here. Follow him on Twitter!

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