Legendary Pictures Productions, LLC, also known simply as Legendary Pictures or Legendary Entertainment, is an American film production and mass media company based in Burbank, California, and owned by the Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group. The company was founded and incorporated by Thomas Tull in California in 2000 after he raised $500 million from private equity firms. In 2005, it signed an agreement with Warner Bros. to co-produce and co-finance up to 40 films over seven years. Legendary and Warner Bros.'s partnership resulted in numerous high-profile and extremely successful films, such as Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. In July 2013, Legendary reached an agreement with Universal Studios where it would market, co-finance, and distribute Legendary's films for five years starting in 2014, the year that Legendary's similar agreement with Warner Bros. expired. One of the final films created as part of Legendary and Warner's original deal was 2014's Godzilla. Despite Legendary and Universal's partnership at the time, Legendary moved development of the film Kong: Skull Island to Warner in order to facilitate the creation of a shared cinematic universe featuring both Godzilla and Kong called the MonsterVerse. Legendary ended its partnership with Universal in 2019 and entered a new deal with Warner, with which it was already collaborating on the third and fourth MonsterVerse films, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong. In November 2022, it was announced that Legendary would end its current partnership with Warner Bros. in favor of a multi-year distribution agreement with Sony. Despite this deal, Legendary and WB will collaborate once again on the fifth MonsterVerse film, currently in production under the working title Origins and set for release in March 2024.
In addition, Legendary's subsidiary Legendary Comics has published several tie-in graphic novels to the films of the MonsterVerse, while Legendary Television will co-produce the animated series Skull Island for Netflix and a live-action series for Apple TV+ being filmed under the working title Hourglass. Legendary operates a production and distribution company in China known as Legendary East, which co-produces and distributes films with other Chinese companies in order to bypass the country's quotas on foreign film releases.
Selected filmography[edit | edit source]
- Pacific Rim (2013) - Presenter [with Warner Bros. Pictures] / producer [with DDY Productions]
- Godzilla (2014) - Presenter [with Warner Bros. Pictures] / producer
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) - Presenter [with Warner Bros. Pictures and Tencent Pictures] / producer
- Pacific Rim Uprising (2018) - Presenter [with Universal Pictures] / producer [with DDY Productions]
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) - Presenter [with Warner Bros. Pictures] / producer
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) - Presenter [with Warner Bros. Pictures] / producer
- Origins [working title] (2024) - Presenter / producer
Selected television shows[edit | edit source]
Legendary Comics[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Legendary Comics.
Legendary's publishing arm is called Legendary Comics, and was founded in 2010. It has released at least one graphic novel or miniseries associated with each of Legendary's giant monster films and shows.
Selected staff[edit | edit source]
Producers[edit | edit source]
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- Official Instagram account
- Official Facebook page
- Official YouTube channel
- Legendary Shop
- Legendary Pictures on Wikipedia
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