Legendary Pictures

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Legendary Pictures Productions, LLC
Legendary Pictures' logo

Type Film production studio, mass media company
Status Active
Led by Joshua Grode
Founder(s) Thomas Tull
Founded 2000
Burbank, California, United States
Also known as Legendary Entertainment
Parent company Wanda Group
Subsidiary companies
Website https://www.legendary.com/

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.[1] Despite this deal, Legendary and WB collaborated once again on the fifth Monsterverse film, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, which was released on March 29, 2024. A sixth Monsterverse film is currently in early development.[2]

In addition, Legendary's subsidiary Legendary Comics has published several tie-in graphic novels to the films of the Monsterverse, while Legendary Television produced the animated series Skull Island for Netflix and the live action series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters for Apple TV+. 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


Production company

Legendary Comics

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 comic series associated with each of the Monsterverse and Pacific Rim films, as well as the series Pacific Rim: The Black.

Selected staff


External links


This is a list of references for Legendary Pictures. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Rubin, Rebecca (28 November 2022). "Legendary Entertainment Formalizes Sony Deal After Cutting Ties With Warner Bros". Variety.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kit, Borys (10 May 2024). "'Godzilla x Kong' Follow-Up Enlists 'Shang Chi' Scribe Dave Callaham to Write (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. Flint, Joe (5 April 2010). "Box office: 'Clash of the Titans' leads the class". Los Angeles Times.
  4. Block, Alex Ben (4 April 2012). "Legendary Closes $275 Million Financing Deal". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Graser, Marc; Abrams, Rachel (7 May 2013). "Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Likely to Split (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  6. Lang, Brent (8 March 2017). "Box Office: 'Kong: Skull Island' Will Try to Steal 'Logan's' Crown". Variety.
  7. Tartaglione, Nancy (24 March 2018). "'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Eyes $146M WW Weekend Bow With $65M From China". Deadline.
  8. Mendelson, Scott (1 June 2019). "'Godzilla' Is King Of The Box Office With A Disappointing $19.6 Million Friday". Forbes.
  9. D'Alessandro, Anthony (15 January 2021). "'Godzilla Vs. Kong' Jumps Up To March In HBO Max & Theatrical Debut". Deadline.
  10. Rubin, Rebecca (25 October 2021). "Director Denis Villeneuve and Warner Bros. Want to Make 'Dune: Part II.' So Why Hasn't the Sequel Been Announced Yet?". Variety.
  11. Lang, Brent; Shafer, Ellise (26 October 2021). "'Dune: Part 2' Officially Greenlit, Release Date Set for 2023". Variety.
  12. D'Alessandro, Anthony; Tartaglione, Nancy (26 March 2024). "'Godzilla x Kong' Will Bunny Hop To $135M Global Opening As Legendary Monsterverse Franchise Roars Past $2 Billion – Easter Box Office Preview". Deadline.


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