Wanda insiders insist that the group maintains a long-term commitment to Legendary, where Gao had been interim CEO since January, and will be back as a major player in Hollywood. But Wanda’s list of problem issues mean that further overseas expansion is not going to happen in the short or medium term.
The Chinese government, in a series of ever stronger measures over the past year, has punished the companies that have engaged in “irrational” and “exuberant” foreign acquisitions. Putting restrictions on deal-making in the areas of hotels, entertainment and sports, the measures seem specifically tailored to halt Wanda in its tracks. And without that activity,
The move comes after Wanda has been rebuffed by the Chinese government for its aggressive overseas expansion moves. Gao had been instrumental in many of those moves — some successful, others that were aborted.
Zeng Maojun, president of Wanda Film, will take the reins as Legendary’s interim leader. Founder, Thomas Tull departed the studio in January, leaving it without top leadership, while in June Peter Loehr, head of China-based Legendary East, also departed. Mary Parent, Legendary’s head of production, is said to be staying with the Burbank-based studio.
Dalian Wanda has its roots in property development, but has expanded massively into entertainment, and latterly sports. It is controlled by billionaire Wang Jianlin, and operated through a web of listed and privately owned companies.
Wang recently made it clear that Wanda will, in the near
Zeng Maojun, president of Wanda Film Holding Co., will take the reins as Legendary's interim leader, according to sources. The studio has been without a CEO since founder Thomas Tull departed in January, following his company's sale to Wanda for $3.5 billion roughly one year prior. Zeng has recently been spending much of his time in Los Angeles, taking meetings around town and attending events.
Mary Parent, Legendary's...
You can view the new Pacific Rim Uprising trailer below. Scheduled for a March 23rd, 2018 release, Legendary and Universal's Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack the Block) as the son of Stacker Pentecost, the character portrayed by Idris Elba in the original film. The cast also includes Cailee Spaeny, with Scott Eastwood expected to play a key role as well. Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions is producing the project along with Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Guillermo del Toro.
Pacific Rim Uprising was helmed by Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus, Netflix’s Daredevil), who took the directing reins of the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film.
Revealed on Twitter, you can view the new Pacific Rim Uprising poster below. Scheduled for a March 23rd, 2018 release, Legendary and Universal's Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Attack the Block) as the son of Stacker Pentecost, the character portrayed by Idris Elba in the original film. The cast also includes Cailee Spaeny, with Scott Eastwood expected to play a key role as well. Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions is producing the project along with Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, and Guillermo del Toro.
If Grode accepts an offer, he will replace Thomas Tull, who left the company earlier this year. Tull founded Legendary and transformed it from a film financier into a company that developed its own projects. But results were mixed. Legendary scored with “Kong: Skull Island” and “Godzilla,” but lost money on the likes of “Crimson Peak” and “Warcraft.” Tull orchestrated Legendary’s 2016 sale to Dalian Wanda for $3.5 billion, and was later ousted by the Chinese conglomerate. Grode worked on that sale.
“Josh has been and continues to be a legal advisor to Wanda and Legendary and will continue to render services to them and other clients,” a spokesperson for Legendary told Variety.
Grode is the co-chair of Irell & Manella’s transactions practice. He
The sequel stars John Boyega of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in the follow-up to 2013’s “Pacific Rim.” Steven S. DeKnight directs from a script he co-wrote with Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder, and T.S. Nowlin from a story by Guillermo del Toro.
The cast includes Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona, and Charlie Day.
Producers are del Toro, Jon Jashni, Femi Oguns, Mary Parent, and Thomas Tull. The film is set a decade after the original, which took place in 2025. Boyega is playing the son of Idris Elba’s character, who sacrificed his life in the first film.
“Pacific Rim,” directed by del Toro, starred Elba, Kikuchi, Day, Charlie Hunnam, and Robert Kazinsky. It was set in the near future with Earth at war with the Kaiju, monsters
The Chinese government's top banking regulators have ordered the country's largest financial institutions to stop lending to the tycoon's Dalian Wanda Group to finance its overseas entertainment acquisitions, according to a document seen by The Wall Street Journal.
Beijing officials are understood to have convened a meeting with China's big banks June 20, where executives were informed that six of Wanda's major overseas acquisitions — including the buyout of AMC Entertainment in 2012 and Thomas Tull's Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion last year — were subject to the government's...
Wanda Film’s shares are suspended from trading on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and the company says it needs a month to undertake the restructuring. The company says it will reveal details of the restructuring on Aug. 3 and that the shares should return to active trading within a month.
No details of the valuation of the Wanda Media business was provided in a brief regulatory heads-up. But it appears that Legendary Entertainment will not be part of the reorganization that the company says could result in a new share offering.
Dalian Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin has told investors that Legendary will not be listed in China. That position was reiterated by Wanda sources to Variety.
Legendary was acquired by Wanda for a figure that the company reported at the time as being up to
The film, which began principal photography on June 19, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.
Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi ”).
Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.
Meanwhile, Tag! You’re It!
Production begins this week on location in Atlanta for the new comedy “Tag,” directed by Jeff Tomsic (Comedy Central’s “Broad City”) for New Line Cinema. The film’s starring ensemble cast is led by Ed Helms (The “Hangover” movies, “We’re the Millers”), Jake Johnson (TV’s “New Girl”), and Hannibal Buress (“Neighbors”), with Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker, “The Town”).
For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.
The film also stars Annabelle Wallis (“The Mummy”), Rashida Jones (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), Isla Fisher (“Now You See Me”) and Leslie Bibb (“Iron Man 2”).
Tomsic directs from a screenplay written by Mark Steilen (TV’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) and Rob McKittrick (“Waiting”), based on the Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It.” The film is produced by Todd Garner, Mark Steilen and Sean Robins, with Hans Ritter serving as executive producer. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Larry Blanford, editor Josh Crockett, production designer David Sandefur, and costume designer Denise Wingate.
“Tag” is set for a June 29, 2018, release.
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Press Release: Burbank, CA, June 19, 2017 – Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring films), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles; Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street,
Kong: Skull Island will first be available on digital platforms beginning June 20th, followed by a July 18th release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD. The special features include a commentary with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, "Monarch Files 2.0," "Through the Lens: Brie Larson's Photography," and more.
Below, you can read the full lists of special features and the official release details from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Press Release (via Why So Blu?): See the origins of one of
Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World), Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, The Color Purple, 1994, Pulp Fiction), John Goodman (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Argo), Oscar winner Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room, 2015) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (Best Supporting Actor, Chicago, 2003). Vogt-Roberts directed the film from
Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World), Oscar® nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Best Supporting Actor, The Color Purple, 1994, Pulp Fiction,), John Goodman (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Argo), Oscar winner Brie Larson (Best Actress, Room, 2015) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (Best Supporting Actor, Chicago, 2003).
Vogt-Roberts directed the film from a story by John Gatins and Dan Gilroy and a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein.
Since 2012, Loehr has been CEO of Legendary’s Chinese subsidiary, which distributes and markets Legendary’s films in the Middle Kingdom and seeks out co-production opportunities. Loehr was also a producer on “The Great Wall” (pictured), the most expensive U.S.-China co-production ever.
Legendary did not offer a reason for Loehr’s departure on June 1.
“We are grateful to Peter for his contributions and service building out a platform and awareness for Legendary’s brand in China and wish him great success in all future endeavors,” said Jack Gao, Wanda senior vice president. “The current Legendary East management has been instrumental in developing our business plan for the future, and we look forward
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