The rebooted MonsterVerse franchise is currently four films deep, with an animated series over at Netflix currently in the works. Now, you can add a live-action TV show to that list after Apple ordered one for their streaming service, Apple TV+.
It's no secret that movie franchises are expanding their reach beyond just theaters, and we're not just talking about hybrid releases either. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars, Disney is using TV shows on Disney+ to expand on each respective universe's lores. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is using HBO Max for the same purpose. Apple TV+ is just the latest to do so with a movie franchise that's literally quite gigantic.
Apple TV+ announced the live-action Godzilla series by Legendary Television, with the synopsis confirming that it will pick up just right after the earth-shattering events of 2021's Godzilla vs. Kong.
2014's Godzilla reboot wasn't perfect, but the combination of positive critical reviews and earning $524.9 million at the global box office was more than enough to kickstart an entire movie franchise. Since then, 2017's Kong: Skull Island, 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and the aforementioned Godzilla vs Kong, which, by the way, was one of the first big box office successes of the pandemic era, have all followed suit.
Unfortunately, Apple TV+'s live-action series and Netflix's animated show are the only confirmed MonsterVerse projects in the works right now. But, judging by the success of the previous outings, we don't expect this drought to last too long. If anything, the shows help Legendary plan out the future of the MonsterVerse while giving audiences something to sink their teeth into.
Here's to hoping that Legendary doesn't cut back on the explosive action sequences with Godzilla's small-screen live-action debut.