Deadline reports Thomas Tull is moving King Kong: Skull Island to Warner Bros. to eventually pair the two behemoths in a movie following each property’s respective films.
It’s reported the Gozilla sequel that is currently in the works will be followed by a movie that features the King of the Monsters taking on the giant prehistoric ape.
It’s said the move is happening very quickly with Toho on board as well.
Skull Island is due out March 10, 2017 with the next Godzilla movie slated for June 8, 2018, so best guess is Godzilla vs. King Kong looks to come out 2019 or 2020.
Moments ago at the Legendary Entertainment panel at Comic-Con, CEO Thomas Tull was introduced with AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” playing in the background.
Tull then stated he wanted to bring something back to the SDCC for Godzilla following the success it had for the last two years.
A video is then shown of director Gareth Edwards.
Edwards is shown in San Francisco thanking the fans for their Comic-Con reactions.
Edwards then jokes he needs to take a break from franchises and fanboy pressures before returning for the Godzilla sequel (editor’s note: Gareth Edwards is directing a new Star Wars movie).
Gareth then goes on to state which monsters will appear in the Godzilla sequel, but each monster name is “bleeped” out.
Tull then showed a teaser for Godzilla that used similar footage from Monarch of the Godzilla opening credits.
The teaser also revealed the following text:
“There is still one secret that remains.”
“There are others.”
Shadows of the monsters are then shown with:
“Code name: Rodan.”
“Code name: Mothra.”
“Code name: Ghidorah.”
“Monarch assessment: conflict imminent.”
“LET THEM FIGHT.”
(Editor’s note: Edwards previously stated if he could do a Godzilla sequel, he would like it to be Destroy All Monsters).
With Godzilla such a monstrous success at the box office and a part 2 already said to be greenlit, will director Gareth Edwards be back for subsequent Godzilla sequels now that Edwards is directing the first Star Wars spinoff?
The good news is the answer is yes as Legendary CEO Thomas Tull confirms that Gareth Edwards will be back for more Godzilla sequels with a report at THR stating Edwards is actually attached to two more Godzilla movies.
Tull released the following in response to the Star Wars news:
“Gareth’s filmmaking talent makes him one of his generation’s most creative and visionary directors. The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars installment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe.”
It’s reported Gareth Edwards is attached to Godzilla 2 and 3, but regarding the sequel a script isn’t even ready as of yet.
Godzilla currently has made over $216 million worldwide.
The Star Wars spinoff has a December 2016 release.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:14418:]]We get an update on a possible sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim from Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull.
Tull says Pacific Rim didn’t exactly live up to expectations, but a Pacific Rim 2 is still possible given a good story, and that they are in talks with Guillermo del Toro. Tull did state there’s nothing official, though.
Via I Am Rogue:
Here’s the deal. We’re very close with Guillermo. He’s doing Crimson Peak for us right now. With the amount of money that we did on Pacific Rim, over $400 million, it didn’t quite hit our expectations, but it did better than a lot of other films. If there’s another great story to tell with Guillermo then we’re all over it because we think it’s really hard to create one of these things from scratch. The movie did really well on home video and merchandise, and it certainly has a big international following. We’re not just going to do Pacific Rim 2 just to do it. Right now we’re talking to Guillermo del Toro. If we can crack the story, we all think it’s great, and it’s him at the helm, then fantastic. But right now there’s nothing going on officially to proclaim.
Back in March, Tull also stated they were going to sit down with Guillermo del Toro and were very open to it, and last October saw Guillermo del Toro state he was writing a sequel with Travis Beacham that made mention Pacific Rim 2 could see a Kaiju/Jaeger hybrid.
Pacific Rim premeired last Summer, and for the most part was received favorably by audiences. It netted about $411 million worldwide on a $190 million budget.
Last we heard about a potential sequel to Pacific Rim was that Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham were writing the script.
Now Thomas Tull of Legendary Entertainment gives an update on Pacific Rim 2 and says they are open to it and need to sit down with del Toro.
We love being in business with Guillermo and frankly that movie, if you look it up, did I think more business than the first X-Men, did more than Batman Begins, our first movie, did more than Superman Returns, The Fast and the Furious, Star Trek- so for a movie that was an original property that we made up it’s done really well. It did north of 400 million dollars globally and both the home video sales and the merchandise have way over-indexed, so it seems like fans really loved the world. So we’re going to sit down with Guillermo and as long as we think it’s authentic and there’s something to say, we’re certainly open to it.
Pacific Rim came out last Summer and for the most part was received favorably by audiences. It netted about $411 million worldwide on a $190 million budget.
Right in time for Halloween, Legendary and Thomas Tull have announced Trick ‘r Treat 2, the sequel to the popular 2007 film.
Last night in Los Angeles, a screening of Trick ‘r Treat was held, which also happened to be director Michael Dougherty’s birthday.
Dougherty received a special birthday card which read “make a sequel.” The director then stated it wasn’t up to him and called out Legendary CEO Thomas Tull who was in the audience. Tull said, “I’m not saying no.”
“Alright. Let’s make Trick ‘r Treat 2,” laughed Doughtery. “That would be great.”
Then a new logo was shown on the big screen for Trick ‘r Treat 2.
“In Hollywood, it’s that easy,” added Bryan Singer, producer on the original.
Check out the video around the 16-minute mark for more:
Well, there goes my pick for Vin Diesel, as Kevin Feige has let it be known that Marvel Studios does not own the rights to Namor.
While I was unsure of who owned the character, thinking Fox actually may have owned the rights to Namor as the Submariner is known as “the first mutant,” or that Marvel Studios did as there was speculation of a possible Namor appearance in The Avengers when it first became known a “Leviathan” creature was to be featured; it turns out both are not the case.
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, when asked about Namor, Feige replied, “That’s at Universal.”
So now we know that Namor will not be popping up in any of the Marvel Studios movies.
However, obviously that doesn’t rule out Universal launching their own Namor movie, and what’s interesting, is that big time comic book fan Thomas Tull recently took his Legendary Entertainment to Universal having moved on from Warner Bros.
Tull produced and co-financed Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Triology as well as Man of Steel. Perhaps Tull and Legendary might give Namor a try on the big screen? And will they be able to do it before WB launches Aquaman?
I would also be curious to know what other Marvel properties (if any) go along with Namor as a lot of the character’s villains and such seem to be shared amongst the other Marvel characters.
Tiger Shark, maybe?
Recently it was reported that the sequel for Pacific Rim depended on how well the movie did in China, with the Guillermo del Toro Jaeger vs. Kaiju flick opening there today.
Well, according to early box office estimates, the Chinese responded favorably to Pacific Rim as it scored $9 million at the box office giving Warner Bros. their best ever opening in China.
Pacific Rim debuted so big that it out performed Harry Potter in China by 23%, as well as taking 70% of the country’s box office gross.
Deadline reports that Pacific Rim will more than likely have a sequel even though U.S. audiences didn’t respond to the movie where it currently sits at under $100 million domestically.
It’s noted that as Warner Bros. only invested 25% of the Pacific Rim budget, that the sequel falls on Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull’s shoulders, who previously mentioned he would like it to be a franchise.
It’s also said even with the favorable international box office response it’s unknown if Pacific Rim will turn a profit due to the high-budget required for all the special effects.
Currently, Pacific Rim has a worldwide total of around $226 million.
Recently, Guillermo del Toro even spoke about what might be explored in a Pacific Rim sequel stating it would feature a Jaeger-Kaiju hybrid as well as a Gypsy Danger version 2.0.
As previously thought, Thomas Tull and his Legendary Entertainment have signed with Universal.
Legendary and Warner Bros. recently parted ways as there have been a number of recent changes within WB films including the departure of Jeff Robinov.
Legendary and Tull were responsible for bringing on board Zack Snyder to 300 as well as financing the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and the Man of Steel.
It’s been said that WB wants to retain more control over their movies, with specific mention of the DC superhero films.
Universal makes a good pairing for Legendary as Thomas Tull will have access to not only movies, but NBC, Comcast and more media outlets, which includes theme parks.
See the official announcement below for more.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, July 10, 2013 — Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment will enter into a multi-year film partnership in which the two companies will produce and co-finance Legendary and Universal films with Universal distributing Legendary films worldwide. Making Universal its new home enables Legendary to not only leverage the power and success of Universal’s film business and theme parks, but also the cross promotional support from NBCUniversal and Comcast assets through the company’s “Symphony” program. The announcement was made today by Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson and Co-Chairman Donna Langley and Legendary Entertainment Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull.
“Comcast and NBCUniversal’s global assets in film, television and theme parks offer Legendary unmatched breadth and opportunity to grow our business. We are delighted to be in business with this exceptional team and look forward to a successful partnership,” said Tull.
Universal and Legendary’s film partnership is a complementary arrangement for both companies. Legendary, which is known for producing and financing successful large scale films, will continue to create and finance tent pole films based on intellectual property that is uniquely appealing to the coveted fanboy audience. And Universal, which has a proven track record of turning films of all shapes and sizes into hits with special skills in growing and nourishing original franchises, will market, co-finance and distribute Legendary films for five years beginning in 2014.
“Legendary has demonstrated a keen ability to identify and acquire powerful fresh intellectual property based ideas, match them with strong filmmakers and turn them into blockbuster hits,” said Fogelson and Langley. “The Universal team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Legendary in turning those ideas into the best and most successful versions of themselves around the world.”
Under the terms of the deal Universal and Legendary will jointly identify opportunities to expand Legendary’s franchises and intellectual property into Universal’s theme parks, and Universal will have an opportunity to collaborate with Legendary on projects in China following Legendary’s historic deal with China Film Group.
“Legendary continues to prove that big ideas are relevant and profitable with our global movie-going audience. We couldn’t be more thrilled to embrace the challenges and changing marketplace with Thomas and his team and we are also excited about what opportunities this will bring to our Theme Parks around the world,” said Ron Meyer, President and COO, Universal Studios.
“We are very excited to be in business with Thomas and Legendary,” said Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal. “The partnership is a perfect fit for both companies and I am confident that together we will be in an even better position to deliver compelling, profitable entertainment content to a global audience for years to come.”
Below you can check out video interviews on Pacific Rim with Charlie Hunnam, Guillermo Del Toro and Thomas Tull of Legendary Entertainment.
Charlie Hunnam talks about the story, his character Raliegh Bracket, controlling the Jaeger robot, working with Del Toro and Rinko Kikuchi.
Guillermo Del Toro describes the film and the international flavor, talks the Kaiju, The Drift, creature design and more.
Thomas Tull speaks about Del Toro’s fan base, the scope and cast of the film and the giant robots.
Pacific Rim opens July 12th, 2013, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes – a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) – who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
As expected, Thomas Tull, and his Legendary Entertainment, have parted ways with Warner Bros. and is currently in talks with Sony, Fox Studios and Universal for a new distribution and co-financing deal.
The news isn’t that surprising as there has been mention of a rocky relationship between the two for the past few months, as well as the fact that Tull hired former Warner Bros. Television chief Bruce Rosenblum, who joined Legendary as president of TV and digital media.
Current WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara is said to be responsible for Rosenblum’s departure.
Variety cites the reason for Legendary leaving is DC Entertainment, specifically the movies, as Warner Bros. wants to retain control of the future DC movies.
Tull’s Legendary Entertainment shared in the success of Nolan’s Batman franchise as well as the Man of Steel, as Tull co-financed the productions.
It’s said WB wants to retain the profits, something similar it has done with other tentpoles like Harry Potter.
Regarding the future of Legendary Entertainment, it’s being reported that Universal looks to be the best option as Universal has more of what Tull wants, which is a studio that has access to more than just films, with TV shows, digital content and comic books as well.
A deal with Universal could give Tull and his future productions access to the likes of Universal Studios Theme Parks as well as NBC.
While it hasn’t been stated that outgoing WB film president Jeff Robinov’s departure was a part of the reason, Robinov backed projects that Legendary co-financed with WB including the Nolan films as well as The Hangover. Nolan’s latest big-budget film, Interstellar, is now at Paramount, with WB only partially involved.
Warners recently announced Robinov’s replacement, which is a “new leadership team” that will directly report to Tsujihara; see below for more.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Announces New Leadership for Warner Bros. Pictures Group
(June 24, 2013 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced a new leadership team to run Warner Bros. Pictures Group, capitalizing on the proven strengths of a number of longtime Studio executives. Sue Kroll will now serve as President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; Greg Silverman will now serve as President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Toby Emmerich will continue as President and COO, New Line Cinema, while adding responsibility for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. The announcement was made today by Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros., to whom all three executives will report.
Working closely with the management team, Dan Fellman, whose contract has been extended, will continue in his role as President, Domestic Distribution, reporting directly to Tsujihara. Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will continue as President, International Distribution, and ultimately assume responsibility for worldwide distribution, taking on the domestic distribution function upon the planned retirement of Fellman. Kwan Vandenberg will report to Kroll who, in addition to her marketing and distribution responsibilities, will continue to be involved in all aspects of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s releases.
“Warner Bros. is the world’s preeminent motion picture studio with one of the most talented executive benches in the industry,” said Tsujihara. “Collectively, this team has more than 100 years at the company and broad experience across the film business, which will ensure that Warner Bros. Pictures continues as a respected leader in production, marketing and global distribution. I have every confidence that we will continue to deliver the industry’s most compelling, popular and successful movies.”
“This marks an exciting new chapter in the storied history of Warner Bros. Pictures,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman, Warner Bros. “We are in the midst of another terrific year, and our film division will continue to thrive well into the future under this realigned organization.”
Kroll was named President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures in January 2008 and has led enormously successful campaigns for a broad range of motion pictures, including most recently “Man of Steel,” “The Great Gatsby” and last year’s Academy Award Best Picture winner, “Argo.” Other prominent campaigns include the billion-dollar blockbusters “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” as well as “Inception” and the final installments of the Harry Potter series.
Silverman has been President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures since April 2011 and played a key role in recent box-office successes, including “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, “Argo” from director Ben Affleck and “The Dark Knight Rises,” directed by Christopher Nolan. As a creative executive, Silverman also shepherded the commercially successful and critically acclaimed “300,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Hangover” and the global phenomenon “Inception,” among other films.
As President and COO of New Line Cinema since March 2008, and President of Production for seven years prior to that, Emmerich has overseen such diverse features as the Academy Award-winning blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and 2005’s highest-grossing comedy, “Wedding Crashers,” as well as “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Horrible Bosses,” the “Journey” franchise and the “Final Destination” films.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:8888:]]With the Man of Steel debuting to a record June opening, news comes exactly a week later that Jeff Robinov is exiting Warner Bros.
Deadline reports that Robinov is leaving on his own terms after not receiving an offer for a new contract, of which his current one expires in December.
It’s reported that new Warner Bros. Chairman Kevin Tsujihara gave Robinov the “cold shoulder treatment” at the recent Man of Steel premiere, with it also said Tsujihara didn’t even call to congratulate Robinov on the film’s success.
Tsujihara is also said to be responsible for the recent departure of the head of WB TV, Bruce Rosenblum.
Note: Both Rosenblum and Robinov were contenders for the position Tsujihara was appointed to.
What this exactly means for the future of WB Movies or the DC slate of superhero movies is unknown, but Robinov was responsible for bringing in Christopher Nolan, David Goyer, Zack Snyder, and greenlighting Batman Begins.
Interestingly enough, Nolan recently took his big-buget sci-fi movie, Interstellar, to Paramount; though it’s reported Nolan wanted WB on board because of his loyalties to Robinov, and not because of contention between the outgoing WB movie president and Kevin Tsujihara.
Furthermore, it’s been stated that Legendary Entertainment and Warners are on the outs as well, with it reported that Thomas Tull is loyal to Jeff Robinov. Tull’s Legendary co-financed the Batman movies and the Man of Steel. Recently, it came out that another co-financier was lined up for the Justice League movie and not Thomas Tull and Legendary.
Looking at the big picture it all begins to add up.
Christopher Nolan was recently asked if he was continuing his involvement with the DC movie universe, which he wouldn’t comment on.
Robinov is also said to be responsible for bringing Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Baz Luhrmann, Todd Phillips, and more to WB.
Regarding Robinov’s replacement, it seems as if everyone will be reporting to Kevin Tsujihara.
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6713:]]We are about two months away from one of this Summer’s most anticipated films with the Man of Steel.
Legendary Entertainment produced and co-financed both the Man of Steel and the Batman films with Warner Bros.
Thomas Tull, a known comic book enthusiast, spoke to the Collider about the Man of Steel, promising it’s going to be incredible.
It’s the Superman movie I’ve always wanted to see. I think the job that Zack Snyder did along with Chris Nolan- I think that people are going to be very, very excited about the results. The acting, on top of all the incredible action- Kevin Costner playing Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, just the cast, and I think the job Henry Cavill did, people are going to really be excited about it. It was a privilege to be a part of and Warner Brothers does a phenomenal job of bringing these things to life, Batman and Superman, and it really is a privilege for us to be a part of.
So how much incredible action will we get to see? While Thomas Tull doesn’t offer any spoilers, he does hint that Superman will punch someone in the face, when questioned how it was lacking in Returns and if we’ll get that with Zack Snyder.
[Pauses] I can tell you that I think you’re going to enjoy the movie very, very much.
Speaking of super action, while the trailers really didn’t reveal much, previous Man of Steel set images suggested that Superman will be fighting Zod and his band of Kryptonians.
Here are a few to give you an idea:
Man of Steel opens June 14th in IMAX 3D directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and Michael Shannon as Zod.
Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Man of Steel movie hub for more news, images and trailers.
Interstellar will have a November 7, 2014 release date with Paramount distributing the movie domestically and Warner Bros. internationally.
As Deadline notes, the announcement is rather surprising as Paramount and WB generally don’t work together on movies; however, the property being so “hot” is cited as the given reason.
Also as somewhat of a surprise is that Legendary Entertainment is not attached to the movie, as they previously helped bank roll Nolan’s Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy as well as the Man of Steel.
There’s even been previous mention and/or rumor that Thomas Tull may be taking Legendary elsewhere, away from associating with Warner Bros.
Christopher Nolan will direct and he also wrote the script based on his brother, Jonathan’s, original.
Interstellar is described as a “film [that] will depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.”
Statements were released from Paramount and Warner Bros. as well:
Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures said, “As a filmmaker and storyteller, Chris has continuously entertained the world with his extraordinary and unparalleled talents. I am pleased beyond measure to welcome him to the Paramount Pictures family. Partnering with Chris, Emma, Lynda and Warner Bros. to release this original idea next November is the perfect way to start the Thanksgiving and holiday movie season for audiences around the world.”
Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said, “Christopher Nolan is truly one of the great auteurs working in film today, and we’re extremely proud of our successful and ongoing collaboration with him and Emma Thomas. We are excited to be teaming with Paramount, and look forward to working with the Nolans, and producer Lynda Obst, on this extraordinary new project.”