Expanding the MonsterVerse franchise, the series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is being shown in the AppleTV+ catalog.
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters expands the MonsterVerse as the franchise’s first live-action series, featuring the return of Godzilla. Director and producer Matt Shakman is one of those responsible for production, a name known to Game of Thrones fans.
Matt Shakman filmed one of Game of Thrones’ biggest battles, in “The Spoils of War” (4th episode of season 7), where a gigantic monster brings destruction. I’m not talking about Godzilla, but rather the dragon Drogon. Now he brings to television one of the biggest current film franchises, the MonsterVerse of Godzilla and King Kong.
In an interview with Moviepilot, Matt Shakman explained what it was like to bring the MonsterVerse to television and also the series’ different approach to the franchise’s films.
“There are so many great filmmakers involved in the MonsterVerse that inspire me and some that I’m even friends with. What Jordan Vogt-Roberts created with Kong: Skull Island was incredible. The same goes for Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. In the series we focus on perspective human. Most of the MonsterVerse films exist on this level of Godzilla, telling about epic battles in the stratosphere. We wanted to find out how people watching these battles from the ground feel. The MonsterVerse films were an important guide to the series, but we changed the focus”, said of the new approach.
Godzilla is back in Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, but the focus is on telling human stories
Matt Shakman also spoke about the series format in the MonsterVerse. “Series are a place full of wonder – we saw this with Game of Thrones. Many shows now feel like adventures on the big screen. However, they differ from films in many ways, such as running time. We can tell a story over a period of time. much longer time. Week after week you can return to the characters you love.”
“That’s why we tell Monarch from the people’s perspective. Of course, we knew from the beginning that Godzilla and other monsters would appear. But monsters only become exciting when they cross people’s paths. That’s why people tune in. We don’t try surpass the films. Instead, they wanted to unite MonsterVerse with what the series do best: Tell human stories”, he highlighted.
Fans can expect monsters in the production, but that’s not the focus. “We show exactly how many monsters are needed for the story. In the pilot episode, monsters appear in moments that will change a lot of people’s lives. That’s exactly what the series is about: Intergenerational trauma. The monsters are an important – huge! – part of the story, but in direct comparison with the history of people they are only secondary.”
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters is currently showing on AppleTV+.