The founder of Legendary Pictures, Thomas Tull, has resigned as CEO. Tull founded Legendary in 2000, and by 2005, it was a production and financing partner of Warner Bros. The first movie they partnered on was Batman Begins, paving the way for their Dark Knight trilogy. By 2009, Tull was the majority shareholder of Legendary, which was a few years before the company went from working with Warners to Universal. During his years as CEO of Legendary Pictures, he made a lot of nerds happy, making movies like Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Watchmen, and other major titles.
Below, learn what’s next for Tull and Legendary Pictures.
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I wouldn’t blame you if you see a headline about a Jimi Hendrix movie and wonder if there have already been several. In fact, a couple have wound through development for years, but the only one to really make it through to theaters was Jimi: All Is By My Side, the “early years” film starring Andrew Benjamin (in a good performance) as Hendrix.
One of the films that never was had Legendary Entertainment as its prime motivator, with Paul Greengrass set to direct. But Legendary couldn’t get the rights to Hendrix’s music, and without the participation of the estate Legendary decided not to make the film. Now, years later, a rights package is in place that gives Legendary use of all of Hendrix’s best-known songs, and so the film is back on, with Greengrass once again looking like the director. Read More »
Legendary Pictures attempted to surprise the crowd at 2014 Comic Con with a teaser trailer announcing a King Kong-set film project Skull Island. We were given very little information about the project, but Monday we learned more about the writer developing the project and that Legendary has offered the movie to Attack the Block director Joe Cornish. But we still don’t know what the film is about. Is the Skull Island movie adaptation based on a King Kong novel, or an original tale set in the King Kong universe? Or is it possible that Legendary Pictures is working hand in hand with Universal Studios theme parks on making a movie based on a theme park ride that hasn’t even been constructed? I’ll explore both of these questions and more, after the jump.
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Saturday afternoon at the end of Legendary Pictures’ Hall H presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Studio head Thomas Tull left the crowd with one last surprise — an announcement teaser for a King Kong prequel Skull Island. Instead of surprise and excitement, the crowd was left confused. That was definitely not the reaction that Legendary had intended. Why did the packed Hall H crowd have that reaction? I have a theory about the Skull Island confusion which you can read, after the jump.
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At the end of the Legendary panel, studio head Thomas Tull returned to the stage to thank the fans and show off one last thing. The surprise is the announcement of a new King Kong movie titled Skull Island. Thomas Tull announced that they had “been tinkering around with one thing” and showed us some footage for a project that may be a long way out.
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A couple years back, Legendary Pictures surprised San Diego Comic Con International with an FX test for Godzilla created by director Gareth Edwards. The footage was the talk of Comic Con that year, and in 2014 Legendary has once again surprised Hall H with a reveal of the potential Godzilla 2 monsters.
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Legendary Pictures is the production company behind last year’s Pacific Rim and this year’s Godzilla. They’re two very different movies featuring building-sized monsters battling other massively-scaled creatures. Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is a huge Godzilla fan and Legendary CEO Thomas Tull obviously loves the idea of big monsters fighting. Since both films were produced by the same people, and released by the same studio, a crossover seems possible, right? Well, the filmmakers have jokingly toyed with fan notions of a possible crossover, and both films have sequels in development, but it’s very unlikely to happen.
On the Internet, though, anything and everything is possible. A really good trailer mashup of Pacific Rim and Godzilla, called Paczilla, is now online. Check out the Godzilla Pacific Rim crossover you’ve been waiting for below. Read More »
Here’s the thing about sequels. Hollywood loves them, audiences eat them up, but they have to be handled carefully. If you really want to see a sequel, the best news imaginable – except a greenlight – is that the producers are taking their time with it. Which is what Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull is now saying about Pacific Rim 2. They want to do it, it’s just not ready and that’s okay. Read his exact quote about Pacific Rim 2 below. Read More »
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When this week began, the only specific movie scheduled for the far-off month of November 2016 was Fox’s animated Trolls adaptation. There was also, however, an untitled Disney animated film set to arrive that month. Then Warner Bros. added the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, to the mix on November 18, 2016. Now Legendary Pictures is getting in on the fun. The company has just dated an “Untitled 2016 Event Project” for November 4, 2016. What could it be? We’ll offer two options and speculation below. Read More »
Pacific Rim 2 might still happen, according to Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull. In a new interview, the film’s producer pointed out despite a general malaise surrounding the film in the United States, it did incredibly well internationally and has been a bigger-than-expected hit on home video and with merchandise. Tull says talks with director Guillermo del Toro will happen soon to figure out the fate of the film.
Below, read Tull’s quote about Pacific Rim 2 which includes an incredible list of films the original outgrossed. Read More »