Report: Legendary Pictures moves to Universal - new theme park attractions next?
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.
I think we're all forgetting the most important movie: Lady in the Water ;)
I think that movie lost less money than the Lone Ranger...
This is great for Universal. Gives them more film franchises to play around with.Its only a matter of time before Batman replaces Marvel.
The Hangover ride would be epic!
Not really a matter of time before 'Batman replaces Marvel.' More like a matter of a lot of money, first from Disney to Universal, then from Universal to Six Flags, since Six Flags owns the DC rights and DC, obviously, owns Batman. The amount of money that would have to change hands here is kinda staggering.
A King Kong versus Godzilla ride would be fun.
It will take years of new content for the Legendary Pictures move to Universal to make an impact. There's not much there now. I highly doubt Pacific Rim will become a theme park ride. It is so much like the Transformers. Some are saying it might be a flop like the Lone Ranger. I don't think Godzilla do much for Universal. It will compete with Jurrasic Park. Another look alike project.
Christopher Nolan and Todd Phillips are hacks, but Zack Snyder is a visionary director (his execution is questionable, but his presentation is top notch). I would love to see his vision translated to a theme park attraction. A Sucker Punch party house (for the over 21 crowd) sure would be fun!!! =)
Nolan is a good director, but after The Dark Knight Rises he's probably somewhere in my ok range.
I know Godzilla is loved by many but I really don't see anywhere this could go. Same with Pacific Rim even though it looks like a good film.
Uh huh. Not my favorite M. Night flick, but not his worst either. I certainly didn't hate it. And I enjoyed it infinitely more than that excessively bloated Bane/Batman film Nolan puked out last year.
James said: "Christopher Nolan and Todd Phillips are hacks,"
I just want to say that Universal will never convert what is considered to be one of the best theme park rides ever created (Spidey) to a different character.
James, I am not sure what you mean. Bryan Singer's Usual Suspects is still one of my favorite films. And he gets a pass cause his Marvel work is usually pretty good even though his DC (Superman) effort was not.
@James, I will admit that I too enjoyed Usual Suspects, but it's probably because that was one of his movies I later watched. I could go on about the faults in his movies, but I'll stick with his superhero flicks. The problem with his X-Men movies is that they place too much focus on one character/characters that the rest seem like too much of an afterthought. Cyclops was one of my favorite comic book characters and it felt like "Oh right, he was in there. I almost didn't notice." Maybe he should have appropriately named his movies Wolverine & the X-Men. And we can agree that Superman Returns was a total dud, full of hokey scenarios (throwing an entire Kryptonite landmass into space?) and WTH moments. Seriously, who would have ever thought that Lex Luthor would begin to crave dog meat? Oh well, I digress.
Gotcha...and I agree with most all you wrote about Singer, but I do think Xmen 1 & 2 worked pretty well. Not perfect, but better than "hack" quality. Besides, the only reason I called Nolan and Phillips hacks is because they were singled out in Mr. Niles' original article (and well, because they are hacks). No offense intended to Mr. Singer, I'm sure, but he wasn't mentioned.
I only included Singer because he's done a couple of Legendary Pictures films. Trust me, if we expanded past that title, I could name *a lot* more.
There may be alot of naysayers out there about DC Comics characters coming to IoA, but I’d like to remind some of you that there was serious consideration of having a Batman-themed area of IoA in the past with a Batman lagoon stunt show. You can find pictures of the concept art online (a folder of which was sold on ebay).
One thing to consider, can't Universal and Six Flags work out a DC arrangement for Florida? I remember both companies had the rights to Hanna Barbera at a time. Why not DC?
I envision Universal developing the first theme park mash-up ... Minions at the Hot Gates!
What are you guys talking about? Nolan is far from a hack. Him and his brother have brought some of the most interesting characters to life. "Memento", "Inception", "Insomnia", and "The Prestige" are right up there with the best from Ridley Scott and James Cameron. "The Prestige" is quite possibly one of the most underrated movies of the past 20 years, and "Memento" was nominated for 2 Oscars (writing and editing), and has a bigger "twist" than "The Sixth Sense".
Russell, my venom at Nolan is aimed squarely at his last two Batman flicks and his heavy handed involvement in Man of Steel. His other flicks (especially his Dark City/Matrix ripoff Deception) are totally watchable, although Memento was a gimmick movie and the same gimmick was used to much greater impact in Gaspar Noe's Irreversible (a totally unnecessary and completely disturbing, but technically solid film).
Nolan was brought into "Man of Steel" because WB and Legendary wanted to bind the characters in a more realistic world, and allow for easier crossover within the DC universe. Much like Marvel has done with Avengers, DC has been wanting to do for years with Justice League. With Nolan's success with his Batman triogy, it was critical for DC to establish some level of consistancy between the franchises to allow for the inevidible crossover. Nolan has stated he's not interested in directing in the DC Universe again, but I think it's important to keep him in the fold, especially if they are going to reboot Batman again. DC's effort is not nearly as well-coordinated as Marvel, but you can see them finally laying the foundation (don't forget the well-done "Arrow" series on CW).
My issue is that I just don't like the tone of Nolan's super hero films. They're too dark , even if the central "hero" is a Dark Knight. Man of Steel suffered from a similar problem - although I feel Snyder saved it from the brooding bloat that killed the last two Batman flicks by injecting more fantasy (and all that Jesus symbolism) into the whole affair. I guess I prefer the more "heroic" super heroes presented in recent Marvel efforts than anything Nolan has showcased for DC. Besides, how can you forgive Nolan for letting a monologue defeat the final villain (shocker - it wasn't Bane! OMG!!!) in DK Rises???? (Side note: during DK Rises my daughter just kept asking, "Where are the Avengers when you need them?").
Yes, "Unbreakable" is a seriously underrated film as well, and probably my favorite from M. Night Shamaylan. There have been rumors for years that he was going to do a sequel, but instead he's cranked out "After Earth" and "Avatar: The Last Airbender".
I would have skipped the Superman origin altogether, especially since they didn't really do anything new with it. Besides, everyone knows the origin by now, anyway. But again, it was not a bad movie, just a bit disappointing since I felt like I'd seen it all before. I look forward to what comes next but I hope the next one forgoes Nolan's penchant for dark, brooding heroes and injects some warmth and mirth into the script!
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