Legendary Sets Sean O’Keefe To Script Tragic Wildfire Tale ‘The Esperanza Fire’

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 3:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Pictures has closed a deal with Sean O’Keefe to adapt The Esperanza Fire, based on the John Maclean book about a wildland fire started by an arsonist that killed a tightly knit forest service engine crew that bravely battled the blaze. Maclean, the son of A River Runs Through It author Norman Maclean, was an investigative journalist for the Chicago Tribune who has written several books around wildfire disasters. This one described the equivalent of ‘The Perfect Storm’ of wildland blazes. The firefighters who perished were pillars of their community, which was devastated by their deaths. An “area ignition” that took the lives of the men resulted in the first conviction of a wildland arsonist for first-degree murder and the death penalty. Read More »

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‘Pacific Rim’ $9M Opening In China Biggest Ever For Warner Bros: Sequel Likely Now

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 4:48pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE… UPDATED: I’ve just learned that momentum is building for a Pacific Rim sequel based on the international box office for the Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros summer tentpole. The latest development is the 3D … Read More »

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Steve Burke Says ‘Despicable Me 2′ Is Universal’s Most Profitable Film Ever And Lauds Pact With Legendary

NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke made his observations this morning in Comcast‘s Q2 conference call with analysts as he discussed his company’s approach to films following its new production and finance partnership with Legendary Entertainment. Burke … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill & Cobie Smulders On Superhero Duty For ‘LEGO’ Pic

By | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 12:51pm PDT

BREAKING… During the Warner Bros/Legendary panel at Comic-Con just now it was announced that Channing Tatum has been set to voice Superman in The LEGO Movie, the animated film that is due February 7 (check out the pre-Con trailer here). Jonah Hill will voice Green … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Godzilla Unveiled In San Diego

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 10:19pm PDT

The movie isn’t out until May 2014 but Legendary Pictures tonight provided a glimpse in San Diego at what their Godzilla is going to look like. And while not a scene from the movie itself, you … Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Godzilla’ Director Teases Legendary’s Plans For San Diego

By | Sunday July 14, 2013 @ 3:06pm PDT

Less than a week before their Hall H panel, Legendary today rolled out a Comic-Con message from Gareth Edwards from the set of the monster movie reboot. The Godzilla helmer says the company has … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Seventh Son’

By | Wednesday July 10, 2013 @ 11:20am PDT

Jeff Bridges battles his old Lebowski lady friend Julianne Moore in the fantasy actioner Seventh Son, from Legendary Pictures and WB. Ben Barnes stars as the newbie apprentice getting a crash course in fighting evil in the CG-filled … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Legendary Moves To NBCU With Multiyear Film And TV Deal

As Deadline’s Nikki Finke reported on July 6, Legendary Entertainment has set up a new partnership with NBCUniversal. While nothing formal has been announced, sources say the multiyear film/television financial, distribution, marketing, and production deal will start … Read More »

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Comic-Con: Legendary Bringing ‘Godzilla’ And ‘Seventh Son’ To Confab

By | Friday July 5, 2013 @ 1:02pm PDT

The official schedule isn’t out until tomorrow, but expect a big July 20 presence from Legendary at Comic-Con this year. Even with the split … Read More »

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‘Pacific Rim’ Gets $20 ‘SuperTicket’ Treatment In Canada

World War Z had the Mega-Ticket, now Guillermo del Toro‘s CGI actioner is getting a SuperTicket up in the Great White North. Cineplex Entertainment will offer the $19.99 premium ducat — the first of its kind … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pacific Rim’

Here’s the third and final trailer for Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim. This one sees Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost enlist Charlie Hunnam’s washed-up pilot Raleigh Becket for a last-ditch attempt to save humanity. Becket will team with rookie Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) to steer … Read More »

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WB Delays ‘Seventh Son’ To January 2014, Moves Up ‘Grudge Match’

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 4:05pm PDT

Warner Bros and Legendary‘s fantasy epic Seventh Son had already weathered one major release date shift from February 2013 to October 2013 before the bankruptcy of VFX … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 8:47am PDT
Mike Fleming

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros are getting close to unveiling their giant-robot film Pacific Rim, which opens July 12. The film, which is under $200 million I’m told, has a marketing strategy championed by geek-savvy Thomas Read More »

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‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel In Planning Stages, Guillermo Del Toro Says

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 1:05pm PDT

Guillermo Del Toro Pacific Rim Sequel“We’re been talking about the idea for it and working on a pitch,” said Guillermo del Toro today about a Pacific Rim sequel. “And there will be a Mexican Jaeger,” he … Read More »

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Legendary “Down To Handful” Of Studio Suitors: Thomas Tull Says Making Decision Within Next 60 Days

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 11:45am PDT

Legendary Pictures boss Thomas Tull said today that he expects to have a decision in “the next 60 days, the end of the summer” on whether his company will renew its production deal with Warner Bros or move to another studio. “We’re going through a process and we’re talking to everyone, including [Warner Bros]; it’s a process that is big in scope,” Tull said diplomatically during a show-and-tell media session in Hollywood. “If we end up staying with them, great. If it turns out it’s time for a new chapter, I will be grateful for our time with them”. As for a prospective new home, Tull said: “We’ve got it down to a handful, but I don’t want to disrespect anyone by saying who yet.” Tull and Legendary have been with Warner Bros for 10 years, teaming on such lucrative pics as Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, The Hangover movies and the latest Superman reboot Man Of Steel. Tull indicated that regardless of the outcome, the company wanted more independence. “Developing and owning our own stuff has been part of our plan for a while,” the Legendary CEO said. Read More »

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Michael Mann’s Cyber Crime Film For Legendary Starts Production

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 3:19pm PDT

Michael Mann‘s upcoming cyber-crime movie with Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom has started production in China. Legendary Pictures is producing the untitled film, which is scheduled for release … Read More »

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Hot Clip: ‘Pacific Rim’ Featurette

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 4:14pm PDT

“To fight monsters, we created monsters” – so goes the tagline for Guillermo del Toro’s summer tentpole for Warner Bros. A new 4-minute Pacific Rim featurette gives viewers a look inside the massive robots deployed to battle the kaijus that have emerged from the sea in the … Read More »

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Legendary Acquires Movie Marketing Company FIVE33

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 2:40pm PDT

Thomas Tull just bought himself a fully functioning in-house marketing division. Legendary Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired strategic marketers FIVE33. The LA and London-based company will become incorporated into Legendary. The companies became acquainted earlier this year as FIVE33 were brought on board for marketing on Legendary’s Pacific Rim and the still in production Godzilla. Here’s the release:

Burbank, CA – May 16, 2013 – Legendary Entertainment has announced an agreement to purchase FIVE33, a global marketing company that specializes in developing innovative marketing programs to bring immersive awareness of tentpole movies and intellectual properties to audiences around the world. Through this deal, FIVE33 will now work exclusively with Legendary and its high-profile stable of filmmakers and storytellers to drive awareness of the studio’s brand and suite of properties via worldwide campaigns and multi-platform strategies. The announcement was made by Legendary President and Chief Creative Officer, Jon Jashni and FIVE33 CEO and Founder, Emily Castel.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Pacific Rim’

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 10:37am PDT

Here’s the first full trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which expands on the footage Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures unveiled at WonderCon last month. The pic opens July 12:

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