Warner Bros’ longstanding relationship with Legendary Entertainment looks like it’s coming to an end soon.
Legendary Entertainment, the production company behind some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, is set to end its relationship with Warner Bros, according to a report by The Ankler.
The company which has co-produced films such as Dune, Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island has allowed its deal with Warner Bros to expire and although a new offer is on the table, it seems that Legendary is keen to seek out a new partner.
The problems with Warner Bros stem largely from the studio’s decision to release its entire 2021 slate onto HBO Max at the same time as releasing it theatrically. As reports stated at the time, Legendary was none too pleased with this strategy and doubly so when it came to the big summer release of Godzilla vs. Kong. Stories even circulated claiming that Legendary was taking legal action against its partner and the relationship between the two which had only been renewed since 2019 (after Legendary spent a five-year spell at Universal) was perceived to have broken down.
With the deal between the two having now ended and the relationship seemingly soured, other studios are said to be courting the production company. Whilst Warner Bros have reportedly offered a new deal, so have Sony and Paramount, with Sony said to currently be in pole position. Sealing such a partnership would represent a coup for Sony and no doubt be seen as a blow to the early fortunes of the new Warner Bros top brass who have just taken over since the company’s merger with Discovery.
It’s an interesting story that could possess some considerable consequences for all involved, given just how much money and know-how Legendary bring to the metaphorical table when it comes to blockbuster film production. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it.
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