Report: Legendary Pictures moves to Universal - new theme park attractions next?
Written by Robert Niles
Variety is reporting that film studio Legendary Pictures won't renew its distribution deal with Warner Bros. and will instead begin working with NBCUniversal. This could become a very big deal for theme park fans, as Variety is speculating that part of the Legendary's deal with Universal might include the development of new attractions based on upcoming Legendary films.
Working with Warner Bros., Legendary has produced some of the biggest film franchise of the past decade, including the Dark Knight and Hangover trilogies. Legendary's existing IP won't move to Universal under this new deal — Batman, Superman and the Wolfpack remain the property of Warner Bros. — but Legendary does bring with it an ongoing relationship with some of Hollywood's hottest filmmakers, including Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight," "Inception"), Todd Phillips ("The Hangover"), and Zack Snyder ("300", "Man of Steel"). Given Universal Creative's recent track record of working with directors such as Michael Bay and Peter Jackson to develop attractions based on their films, the Legendary deal brings a potential additional infusion of major star power to Universal's theme park development family.
NBCUniversal has long been considered the frontrunner given its strong film distribution pipeline around the world and the TV networks it owns — from NBC to Syfy. Company also provides access to the company’s theme parks which could easily house attractions based on Legendary’s upcoming pics that include “Pacific Rim” and “Godzilla.”
Godzilla joining King Kong? Pacific Rim and Transformers? All in a Universal theme park? Legendary attractions, indeed.
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