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Legendary Pictures

Legend Pictures, LLC
Industry Motion picture
Founded 2000
Founder Thomas Tull
Headquarters Burbank, California, United States
Key people

Legendary Pictures, officially Legend Pictures, LLC (also referred to as Legendary Entertainment and just Legendary onscreen), is an American film production company based in Burbank, California. The company was founded by Thomas Tull in 2000 and in 2005 the company concluded an agreement to co-produce and co-finance films with Warner Bros. In 2014, Legendary began a similar arrangement with Universal Studios.


Thomas Tull founded Legendary Entertainment after raising $500 million from private equity firms.[1] It was one of the first companies of its kind to pair major motion picture production with major Wall Street private equity and hedge fund investors, including ABRY Partners, AIG Direct Investments, Bank of America Capital Investors, Columbia Capital, Falcon Investment Advisors, and M/C Venture Partners.[2] Legendary Pictures, Inc. was incorporated in California in 2000[3] and in 2005 it signed an agreement with Warner Bros. to co-produce and co-finance up to 40 films over seven years.[2] In 2010 Tull, Fidelity Investments, and Fortress Investment Group bought all the shares of the original investors. The buyout also included a $25 million-investment by Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment. Following the transaction, Tull became the largest shareholder, thus enabling him to more easily direct the company's operations.[4] In 2011, Accel Partners bought $40 million-worth of shares and Accel partner Jim Breyer joined the company's board of directors.[5] That same year the company was reported to have been valued at more than $1 billion.[2] In September 2011, Chief Creative Officer Jon Jashni was appointed to the new position of President.[6] In December 2012, Waddell & Reed bought around 20% of Legendary's shares for $443 million.[7]

In July 2013, Legendary reached an agreement with Universal Studios where it will market, co-finance, and distribute Legendary's films for five years starting in 2014, the year that Legendary's similar agreement with Warner Bros. expires.[8] In October 2014, SoftBank bought $250 million-worth of shares, which amounts to a 10% stake, in Legendary. The transaction increased the company's total value to around $3 billion.[9]

Divisions and ventures

In addition to producing American feature films, Legendary Entertainment has announced various other business endeavors, which are currently in the early stages of development. In addition to Legend Pictures, LLC; Legendary Pictures, Inc.; and those listed below, Legendary Entertainment owns several shell corporations and holding companies registered as limited liability companies (LLCs) including Legendary Entertainment, Legendary Pictures Films, Legendary Pictures Funding, Legendary Pictures Productions, Legen Pictures, Lpsco, and Lpod.[3]


In 2009, the company announced the establishment of a digital division, to be headed by Kathy Vrabeck, that would primarily focus on game development, a move which surprised many industry analysts because of the film industry's previous disengagement with the video game industry.[10] The goal of the division was reoriented in 2012 with the acquisition of Nerdist Industries, LLC, a pop culture blog with a synonymous podcast.[11] Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick announced that he and his partner Peter Levin (founder of GeekChicDaily) would still have complete editorial autonomy and that they would become the new presidents of the digital division, with Levin heading digital strategy and the digital content.[12] In 2014, Legendary acquired both Geek & Sundry, Inc., a YouTube channel and production company,[13] and the website Smart Girls at the Party.[14]

Legendary Comics

In 2010, the company announced the launch of a comic book division called Legendary Comics, LLC under the direction of editor-in-chief Bob Schreck.[15] The first graphic novel published by the company was Holy Terror by Frank Miller, which was released in 2011.[16]


Main article: Asylum Entertainment

In 2011, the company announced the creation of Legendary Television, LLC to focus on developing television productions. The division was headed by Jeremy Elice and a co-financing contract with Warner Bros. Television was signed.[17] However, in 2012, Legendary decided to postpone its expansion into television and put the division on hold while restructuring; the contract with Warner Bros. was terminated and Elice left the company.[18] In 2013, Legendary invested in hiring former head of Warner Bros. Television, Bruce Rosenblum, to head Legendary's television and digital media operations.[19] In December 2013, Legendary acquired television production company Asylum Entertainment, best known for producing sports programming and reality and scripted television series such as Beyond the Glory and The Kennedys.[20]

Legendary East

In 2011, the company announced the formation of Legendary East Ltd., a joint venture film production company based in Hong Kong. The purpose of the company is to co-produce films with Chinese companies to bypass Chinese quotas on foreign film releases in the country.

Under an initial agreement with Chinese film distributor Huayi Brothers International, half of the company was to be owned by the shell corporation Paul Y. Engineering Group, 40% was to be owned by Legendary Entertainment (through holding companies such as Legendary Asian Pacific, LLC or Legendary East Holdings, LLC[3]), and 10% was be owned by the Huayi Brothers International.[21] Legendary East initially hoped to produce one to two globally marketed English-language films per year and finance a quarter of the production of an additional two films per year. The company hoped to raise US$220.5 million through the sale of stock of Paul Y. Engineering Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange by the end of 2011.[22] However, because financing did not meet the targeted goal, Legendary East scrapped the deal with Huayi Brothers International and continued its efforts to secure financing in 2012.[22]

In 2013, Legendary East announced a new agreement with China Film Co., Ltd. Under the new agreement, the two companies will co-produce multiple films over a three-year period.[23]


In 2013, Legendary purchased film marketing agency Five33 Ltd.[24] The company, which in the past has worked on marketing campaigns for various studios, will now work exclusively on marketing Legendary's films.[25]


Legendary Entertainment has produced 38 feature films. In addition, the company is also in the process of producing an additional eight films and is developing various other projects. Of the 38 feature films produced, 36 have had theatrical releases, one has had a direct-to-video release, and one has had a video on demand release. Note that in most cases the distributor or distributors also co-produced the film. In all cases, the film listed is a work of Legendary Pictures, unless the film's name is followed by a subscript "E", indicating that Legendary East is the production company or a subscript "D", indicating that Legendary Digital Media is the production company. The box office column reflects the worldwide gross for the theatrical release of the film in United States dollars, not adjusted for inflation.


Year Title Director Co-production company(s) Distributor(s) Box office Ref.
2005 Batman Begins Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan Syncopy Warner Bros. $374,218,673 [26]
2006 Superman Returns Singer, BryanBryan Singer Peters Entertainment / Bad Hat Harry Warner Bros. $391,081,192 [27]
2006 Lady in the Water Shyamalan, M. NightM. Night Shyamalan Blinding Edge Pictures Warner Bros. $72,785,169 [28]
2006 The Ant Bully Davis, John A.John A. Davis Playtone / DNA Productions Warner Bros. $55,181,129 [29]
2006 Beerfest Chandrasekhar, JayJay Chandrasekhar Gerber Pictures / Cataland Films / Broken Lizard Warner Bros. $20,387,597 [30]
2006 We Are Marshall McG Thunder Road Pictures / Wonderland Sound and Vision Warner Bros. $43,545,364 [31]
2007 300 Snyder, ZackZack Snyder Virtual Studios Warner Bros. $456,068,181 [32]
2008 10,000 BC Emmerich, RolandRoland Emmerich Centropolis Warner Bros. $269,784,201 [33]
2008 The Dark Knight Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan Syncopy Warner Bros. $1,004,558,444 [34]
2009 Watchmen Snyder, ZackZack Snyder Lawrence Gordon Productions Warner Bros. / Paramount $185,258,983 [35]
2009 Observe and Report Hill, JodyJody Hill DeLine Pictures Warner Bros. $26,973,554 [36]
2009 The Hangover Phillips, ToddTodd Phillips Green Hat Films Warner Bros. $467,483,912 [37]
2009 Trick 'r Treat Dougherty, MichaelMichael Dougherty Bad Hat Harry Warner Premiere [38]
2009 Where the Wild Things Are Jonze, SpikeSpike Jonze Playtone / Village Roadshow Pictures Warner Bros. $100,086,793 [39]
2009 Ninja Assassin McTeigue, JamesJames McTeigue Dark Castle Entertainment / Silver Pictures / Anarchos Productions Warner Bros. $61,601,280 [40]
2010 Clash of the Titans Leterrier, LouisLouis Leterrier Thunder Road Pictures / The Zanuck Company Warner Bros. $493,214,993 [41]
2010 Jonah Hex Hayward, JimmyJimmy Hayward Mad Chance / Weed Road Pictures Warner Bros. $10,903,312 [42]
2010 Inception Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan Syncopy Warner Bros. $825,532,764 [43]
2010 The Town Affleck, BenBen Affleck GK Films / Thunder Road Pictures Warner Bros. $154,026,136 [44]
2010 Due Date Phillips, ToddTodd Phillips Green Hat Films Warner Bros. $211,780,824 [45]
2011 Sucker Punch Snyder, ZackZack Snyder Cruel and Unusual Films Warner Bros. $89,792,502 [46]
2011 The Hangover Part II Phillips, ToddTodd Phillips Green Hat Films Warner Bros. $586,764,305 [47]
2012 Wrath of the Titans Liebesman, JonathanJonathan Liebesman Thunder Road Pictures Warner Bros. $305,270,083 [48]
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan Syncopy Warner Bros. $1,084,439,099 [49]
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Singer, BryanBryan Singer New Line Cinema / Original Film / Big Kid Pictures / Bad Hat Harry Warner Bros. $197,687,603 [50]
2013 42 Helgeland, BrianBrian Helgeland Warner Bros. $97,470,701 [51]
2013 The Hangover Part III Phillips, ToddTodd Phillips Green Hat Films Warner Bros. $362,000,072 [52]
2013 Man of Steel Snyder, ZackZack Snyder Syncopy Warner Bros. $668,045,518 [53]
2013 Pacific Rim del Toro, GuillermoGuillermo del Toro DDY Warner Bros. $411,002,906 [54]
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Murro, NoamNoam Murro Cruel and Unusual Films / Atmosphere Pictures / Hollywood Gang Warner Bros. $331,114,051 [55]
2014 Godzilla Edwards, GarethGareth Edwards Warner Bros. / Toho $524,976,069 [56]
2014 As Above, So Below Dowdle, John ErickJohn Erick Dowdle Universal $40,235,114 [57]
2014 Dracula Untold Shore, GaryGary Shore Michael De Luca Productions Universal $215,529,201 [58]
2014 Interstellar Nolan, ChristopherChristopher Nolan Syncopy / Lynda Obst Productions Paramount / Warner Bros. $672,720,017 [59]
2014 Seventh Son Bodrov, SergeiSergei Bodrov Thunder Road Pictures / Wigram Productions Universal $110,623,265 [60]
2014 Unbroken Jolie, AngelinaAngelina Jolie Jolie Pas / 3 Arts Entertainment Universal $161,459,297 [61]
2015 Blackhat Mann, MichaelMichael Mann Forward Pass Universal $17,752,940 [62]
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower (D) Lipovsky, ZachZach Lipovsky Contradiction Films / Di Bonaventura Digital Crackle / Content Media [63]
Box office total: $11,101,355,244

In production

For the purposes of this list, films that are "in production" are films whose principal photography is ongoing or finished. Films in development and pre-production are not included in this list.

Year Title Director
2015 Jurassic World Trevorrow, ColinColin Trevorrow
2015 Straight Outta Compton Gray, F. GaryF. Gary Gray
2015 Steve Jobs Boyle, DannyDanny Boyle
2015 Crimson Peak del Toro, GuillermoGuillermo del Toro
2015 Krampus Dougherty, MichaelMichael Dougherty
2016 Warcraft Jones, DuncanDuncan Jones
2016 Spectral Mathieu, NicNic Mathieu
2016 The Great Wall (E) Zhang Yimou


Graphic novels and collections

Ongoing series

  • The Tower Chronicles: DreadStalker (since August 2014, story by Matt Wagner, art by Simon Bisley, colors by Ryan Brown, letters by Sean Konot)
  • Epochalypse (since November 2014, story by Jonathan Hennessey, art by Shane Davis, colors by Morry Hollowell, letters by Pat Brosseau)
  • The Harvester (since February 2015, story by Brandon Seifert, art by Eric Battle, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Sean Konot, cover colors by Dominic Regan)

Upcoming series


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