Legendary Pictures Looking to Expand its Horizons
Interesting news is coming in today from Legendary Pictures, which for many years has partnered with Warner Bros. on huge genre titles like Crimson Peak, Godzilla, Seventh Son, Pacific Rim, Jonah Hex, Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, 300, and of course our very favorite - Trick ‘r Treat.
The other day Legendary announced that it wanted to pursue partnering with other studios, and Deadline has come up with an interesting breakdown of sorts. According to the site Legendary Entertainment’s Thomas Tull continues kicking tires all over Hollywood right now. He’s planned a meeting for later this week with the Lionsgate team, including chief Jon Feltheimer and Summit-turned-Lionsgate film co-chairman Rob Friedman, who’d like to mitigate their feature film risks which worry Wall Street.
“It’s an interesting choice and a new entry,” a source tells the site. “He [Tull] really respects Rob and Felt.”
Tull has met twice with NBCUniversal chief and Comcast #2 Steve Burke over at NBCU, and with Lionsgate now added to the mix, that makes five studios who are in this. Sony is still in the running “because he [Tull] loves their business and loves the Sony people and really likes Michael Lynton.” So, too, Fox because Tull “loves” Jim Gianopulos. “But if Jeff Robinov goes there, it may not happen,” a source stated.
As for Warner Bros, Tull for weeks now has begun every meeting with a studio by pledging that he’s “not talking to Warner Bros and definitely intending to move on.” But the studios tell the site they’re convinced that’s just a negotiating ploy and if the right deal was offered he’d stay…
What does this all mean? Not a damned thing! Tull can love whomever he wants until a deal is on the table, and something tells us Warner is not gonna just let him go. We shall see.
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