What do Crimson Peak, Godzilla, Seventh Son, Pacific Rim, Jonah Hex, Clash of the Titans, and Trick ‘r Treat have in common?
They are all brought to, or being brought to us by Legendary Pictures, who just the other day (allegedly) walked away from partner Warner Bros. Pictures.
What does this mean for you? Well, Warners will no longer be teaming with this mega producer to deliver you high quality genre pics. But someone else will, and right now Lionsgate has publicity been identified as one of the contenders alongside Sony and Universal.
In a lengthy breakdown, Deadline learned that 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 really respects Rob and Felt.”
Tull has met twice with NBCUniversal chief and Comcast #2 Steve Burke over NBCU and that four studios were in this. Well, now add Lionsgate. Sony is still in the running “because he 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 do we take away from this? The execs at Legendary love everyone at every studio, until they get a deal done. It’s sort of the most ridiculous article I’ve ever read and reported on. Looking back, why the heck did I just waste my time? Ugh.