Hourglass (TBA)

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Hourglass (working title)
Teaser image for Hourglass
Producer(s) Chris Black, Matt Fraction, Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, Hiro Matsuoka,
Takemasa Arita,[1] Matt Schwartz, Andrew Colville, Nick Pepper,[2][3]
Matt Shakman[4]
Channel(s) Apple TV+[1]
Episodes 10[5]
This article concerns an upcoming subject, and will be updated with new information as it arises.

Hourglass is the working title[6] of an upcoming television miniseries[5] produced by Legendary Television which will be released to the Apple TV+ streaming service.[1] Set in the continuity of the Monsterverse between the events of the films Godzilla and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the series follows members of the organization Monarch as they encounter Godzilla and other Titans.


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.[7]


The series was announced by Apple on January 20, 2022. Produced by Legendary Television with executive production from co-creators Chris Black and Matt Fraction, Safehouse Pictures, and Toho, it will be set after the events of 2014's Godzilla.[1][7]

Four days later on January 24, Charles Murphy of Murphy's Multiverse reported that the series had been given the title "Hourglass" and was scheduled to begin production that May.[8] This proved true with the release of issue 1283 of Production Weekly on January 27, which confirmed its working title as Hourglass as well as its planned production period.[6] The publication also revealed additional producers and Chris Black and Matt Fraction's role as writers, among other staff.[6] Issue 1286 of Production Weekly, released on February 17, confirmed that the series would be shooting in Vancouver, Tokyo, and Hawaii, and gave a new title of "Monarch".[2]

On April 14, issue #1294 of Production Weekly reported Matt Shakman as director.[9] On May 5, issue #1297 reported that Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell were rumored for the roles of "Old Lee Shaw" and "Young Lee Shaw", respectively.[3] Variety reported on May 19 that Shakman would only be directing the series' first two episodes as well as executive producing.[4] Production Weekly dropped the Monarch title with issue #1305 on June 30, instead switching to "Godzilla and the Titans." The same issue reported Anna Sawai, Ren Watabe, Kiersey Clemons, Joe Tippett, and Elisa Lasowski as cast members;[10] this was corroborated by Deadline the same day, though they maintained that the series was still untitled.[11]

Variety confirmed Kurt and Wyatt Russell's casting on July 20, though their roles were not specified.[12] On August 18, Deadline reported that Mari Yamamoto had also joined the cast.[13] On October 3, Variety announced that Anders Holm had joined.[14]

On November 13, writer and executive producer Matt Fraction spoke briefly about the series in a post for his and Kelly Sue DeConnick's subscription newsletter Milkfed Dispatches, revealing the show to be 10 episodes long.[5]

Between February 7 and 8 of 2023, Collider and ComicBook.com reported on interviews both had conducted with Shakman. In the former interview, he stated the show to be in post-production and that it will have "some overlap" with Adam Wingard's Godzilla vs. Kong sequel, though "it's not as involved as, say, an MCU kind of Disney+ film crossover. It's less organized than that."[15][16] In the latter, he revealed that the series will involve "a lot of cool Titans and monsters, some new, some old."[17]


The series filmed in Vancouver, Tokyo, and Hawaii.[2] A shooting period was initially set for between May 9 and November 16, 2022,[6] with the British Columbia unit to begin on May 26 and conclude on October 18.[3] However, the BC unit's shooting period was later moved back to between July 6 and December 19.[18] The BC unit's wrap date was then moved up to December 14[10] and again to December 9, with shooting finally beginning on June 27.[19] Shooting in Hawaii was set to begin that December.[10]

By January 7, 2023, principal photography on the series had concluded and it had entered post-production.[15]


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Matt Shakman (episodes 1-2)[4]
  • Written by   Chris Black, Matt Fraction[2]
  • Executive producers   Chris Black, Matt Fraction, Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, Hiro Matsuoka, Takemasa Arita,[1] Matt Schwartz, Andrew Colville, Nick Pepper,[2] Matt Shakman[4]
  • Line producer   Brad Van Arragon[2]
  • Production manager   Lauren Stope[3]
  • Production coordinator   Mara Perez[3]
  • Casting directors   Ronna Kress, Yoko Narahashi, Corinne Clark, Jennifer Page[2]


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.



Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations

Alternate titles

  • Monarch (proposed title)[2]
  • Godzilla and the Titans (proposed title)[10]




  • This will be the first live action Godzilla television series in over two decades, after Godzilla TV which concluded in 2000. Godziban, while live action, is not televised.


This is a list of references for Hourglass. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Kroll, Justin (20 January 2022). "Apple TV+ Lands Godzilla & Titans Series Based On Legendary's Monsterverse". Deadline.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Production Weekly 2022a, p. 26
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Production Weekly 2022b, p. 21
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Otterson, Joe (20 May 2022). "Godzilla and the Titans Live-Action Series at Apple Sets 'WandaVision's' Matt Shakman to Direct (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Fraction, Matt (13 November 2022). "it's showtime folks". Milkfed Dispatches.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Production Weekly 2022c, p. 35
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lane, Carly (20 January 2022). "Godzilla and Titans Monsterverse TV Show in the Works at Apple TV+ From Chris Black and Matt Fraction". Collider.
  8. Murphy, Charles (24 January 2022). "EXCLUSIVE: Details on Apple TV's 'Godzilla' Spinoff". Murphy's Multiverse.
  9. Production Weekly 2022d, p. 22
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Production Weekly 2022e, p. 14
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Cordero, Rosy (30 June 2022). "Anna Sawai, Joe Tippett & Kiersey Clemons Among Cast Of Apple's Live-Action Godzilla and Titans Series". Deadline.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Otterson, Joe (20 July 2022). "Godzilla and the Titans Live-Action Apple Series Casts Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell". Variety.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Cordero, Rosy (18 August 2022). "'Pachinko' Star Mari Yamamoto Boards Apple Series Based On Legendary's Monsterverse Franchise". Deadline.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Otterson, Joe (3 October 2022). "Apple's Godzilla and the Titans Live-Action Series Casts Anders Holm (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  15. 15.0 15.1 O'Rourke, Ryan (8 February 2023). "Matt Shakman Talks 'Godzilla' Series Timeline and How It'll Fit Into the Movie Monster Franchise". Collider.
  16. Collider Interviews (8 February 2023). "Godzilla Series Place in the Monster Movie Franchise Revealed by Director Matt Shakman". YouTube.
  17. Perry, Spencer (7 February 2023). "Godzilla and the Titans Director Teases "New and Old" Kaiju for Apple TV+ Series". ComicBook.com.
  18. Production Weekly 2022f, p. 21.
  19. Production Weekly 2022g, p. 11.


  • ""MONARCH" (w/t "HOURGLASS") Series / Apple TV+". Production Weekly. No. 1286. Production Weekly. 17 February 2022.
  • ""MONARCH" (w/t "HOURGLASS") Series / Apple TV+". Production Weekly. No. 1287. Production Weekly. 24 February 2022.
  • ""UNTITLED GODZILLA AND TITANS PROJECT" (w/t "HOURGLASS") Series / Apple TV+". Production Weekly. No. 1283. Production Weekly. 27 January 2022.
  • ""MONARCH" Series / Apple TV+". Production Weekly. No. 1294. Production Weekly. 14 April 2022.
  • ""GODZILLA AND THE TITANS" Series / Apple TV+". Production Weekly. No. 1305. Production Weekly. 30 June 2022.
  • ""MONARCH" Series / Apple TV+". Production Weekly. No. 1289. Production Weekly. 10 March 2022.
  • ""GODZILLA AND THE TITANS" Series / Apple TV+". Production Weekly. No. 1306. Production Weekly. 7 July 2022.


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