Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Legendary’s exit from under the Warner Bros. umbrella is one of those insider Hollywood business deals that made waves in studio boardrooms, but not anywhere else. Their latest deal is kind of the same thing – it won’t affect fans at all – but it’s still a very interesting and kind of awesome turn of events.
Warner Bros. and Paramount are co-financing Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which just started filming. Warner Bros. and Legendary teamed up on Man of Steel, which opened earlier this summer. Nolan has a great relationship with both companies and, in the deal to leave Warner Bros., Legendary negotiated a trade. They gave up their stake in the Man of Steel sequel, rumored to be called Batman vs. Superman, to keep their name on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
The Wrap broke the news of this baseball card-style swap. And while it won’t have much resonance when either film hits theaters, it does offer a bit of insight into the state of each film. One might think, because Legendary chose Interstellar over Batman vs. Superman, they feel Nolan’s film is going to make more money. That could very well be the case.
However, more likely is whatever money either makes, Interstellar will make it first. That film already has a stellar, Oscar-winning cast, prime release date and is in production. It’ll also be released at least 6-8 months before Batman vs. Superman, which currently only has a few names attached and an incomplete script. By choosing Interstellar over Batman vs. Superman, Legendary can reap the benefits of a major blockbuster, and finally end the relationship with Warner Bros. instead of waiting for Summer 2015. It’s safer, easier play.
What do you think about this deal?