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Monarch: Legacy of Monsters filmed on-location for some of its most endurance-testing sequences, returning Kurt Russell to the icy wilderness 40 years after The Thing.
John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic follows a team of Arctic researchers being menaced by a shape-shifting alien and was shot in freezing Alaska.
In Apple TV+’s epic continuation of the Godzilla franchise, Russell’s character Lee Shaw heads to similar frozen climes when he begins investigating a vast conspiracy.
Creators Chris Black and Matt Fraction spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about their experience filming around Mount Breakenridge, British Columbia for parts of the series coming up over the next few weeks.
“We never shot on a volume stage,” Black confirmed.
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Fraction added: “We wanted our globe-trotting show to feel like the globe, and to be as practical [as possible]. We logged a lot of miles.”
“It’s part of the fun of it,” Black chimed in. “It gives it an authenticity, a texture and a grit. We wanted to create a world.
“A lot of credit goes to our incredible line producer, Brad Van Arragon, in Canada.
“Going up to the glacier, when we were trying to figure out how to shoot that episode, how to simulate the Alaskan tundra on a stage with blue screens…
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“It was Brad who said, ‘You know, it’s actually going to be cheaper to put them on a helicopter and fly them to a glacier’.”
“As Kurt would say, he’s been running from tennis balls on sticks for a long time,” Fraction said of the show’s experienced lead star.
“He had that familiarity – the guy grew up on camera. He just speaks the language of cinema so innately.
“At one point he said, ‘I’ve been out in the middle of the ice while the science guys try to figure out what’s going on. It never goes well!’”
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As for what awaits Shaw and the team in the ice, VFX supervisor Sean Konrad teased: “We’re all fans of [the original Japanese monster movies].
“A lot of the Legendary interpretation of the Monsterverse is taking things from the natural world and then embellishing on them.
“Some of the Toho stuff is a little bit more abstract. Mothra’s a giant moth, but a lot of it is, like… Jet Jaguar’s just a crazy space guy, right?
“So, what we’re doing instead is we’re taking a little bit more of that philosophy, something from the natural world is our inspiration, and then we’ll do something crazy with it.”
Monarch: Legacy of Monsters premieres November 17 and continues Fridays on Apple TV+.
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