EXCLUSIVE: There’s about to be a media frenzy among reporters who don’t know how Hollywood deals work. I’ve learned that Legendary Entertainment boss Thomas Tull is still talking to 4 studios – NBCU, Fox, Sony, and Warner Bros where his movie deal is based. (Paramount and Disney respectfully declined.) But Tull has met with NBCUniversal chief and Comcast #2 Steve Burke twice and that’s signaling to insiders that NBCU has moved into 1st position and that a pairing might be imminent. Of course, such deals can take months of painstaking negotiations and Tull himself has said he’ll make up his mind within 60 days. But “Tull is known to push bankers and lawyers out of the room when he wants something and to move pretty quickly,” an insider tells me. “The real issue is how long it’ll take to get through Comcast/NBCU’s layers.” Now that ousted Warner Bros television chief has joined Legendary, Tull now is looking for “an even more all-encompassing deal to leverage his IP” than previously, one that includes both television as well as movies, a source tells me. MORE
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