Interesting thing I discovered while researching an answer for the Kong ask: while Universal owns some of King Kong’s nebulous copyrights, RKO owns the rights to the original movie and sequel - which is important because Warner currently owns RKO. This answers a question I had with the…
Legendary is aligned with Universal now, not Warner Bros.
They are? When did that happen? I thought Godzilla 2014 was a joint production with Warner.
Godzilla was the last project with Warner. See, Warner has been screwing Legendary over since Pacific Rim, at least. Warner puts little input into the film, besides funding about 30% of the projects, and then demands 50% of the profits.
The case with Godzilla is that Legendary dispatched two of Warner Bros. producers from the film, since they had little to no creative input. Why pay for producers who didn’t do anything? Well, those producers felt their contracts had been bought out for too little and made a whole big legal fuss about it that went to court. Legendary won the legal battle, their initial contract with Warner was almost up anyways, so they agreed Godzilla would be their final joint film and they wrote up a new contact with Universal.
At least, that’s how -I- understood it. I may be horrifically, tragically wrong, because I don’t get the whole legal angle bullshit either.
The first legendary-universal projects are
-Dracula: Untold (comes out this September, I believe. Maybe October)
-Jurassic World (legendary is co-financing)
Yep, that’s what happened. All of Legendary’s future slate will be distributed by Universal, except Godzilla 2 (which Warners still holds some rights to) and Interstellar.