Legendary Pictures has officially left Warner Brothers for Universal

The deal begins in 2014…

c73304c398cc4758b1664504d5b482cb_2940281Folks, get ready to see the Legendary Pictures seal begin showing in front of Universal releases next year instead of Warner Brothers ones. Yes, Thomas Tull‘s company has officially moved on to Universal Pictures after a renewal with the WB couldn’t be agreed on. Some have speculated that the soft tracking numbers for Pacific Rim hurt all sides in the negotiations, but for whatever the reason, Tull now has Legendary over at Universal instead of Warner. The whole story from The Hollywood Reporter can be found here, but below you can see a bit on what Legendary has on their impending slate. There’s no superhero flicks obviously, but they’ve still got some interesting properties. Take a look:

On the film side, the goal is now to develop and produce what it calls “Legendary” pictures. As part of that, Legendary is also increasing the percentage it puts into a movie. For example, Pacific Rim, with a negative cost estimated at $200 million, is 75 percent financed by Legendary.

Among the projects in the pipeline are an adaptation of Warren Ellis’ comic book series Gravel; a film set in the interactive game universe Warcraft; Hot Wheels, based on the iconic toy-car line; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts and BioWare’s video game franchise.

Warcraft and Hot Wheels each reportedly carry production budgets in excess of $100 million.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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