Legendary May Take WB To Court Over DUNE And GODZILLA vs KONG HBO Max Release

Legendary May Take WB To Court Over DUNE And GODZILLA vs KONG HBO Max Release

A new report says Legendary Entertainment was blindsided and is currently furious about WB's decision to simultaneously release the jointly-produced Dune and Godzilla vs Kong in theaters and HBO Max.

By MarkJulian - Dec 07, 2020 03:12 PM EST
Filed Under: Godzilla vs. Kong
Source: Deadline

Warner Bros.' bombshell  decision to simultaneously release its full 2021 film slate on HBO Max and in theaters is a little more complicated than first reported. First, there's the fact that HBO Max is currently only available in the U.S.  Second, it seems WB did not negotiate  beforehand on films that were co-financed, like Dune and Godzilla vs Kong. WB reportedly told Legendary about its unprecedented move only 30 minutes before the news went public.

Legendary and its other financial partners apparently financed as much as 75% of the production cost for Dune and Godzilla vs Kong. While these two films will be released in theaters internationally (as again, HBO Max is not available outside the U.S. yet), the decision to also offer these films on HBO Max at the same time will undoubtedly hurt their box office earning potential.  If HBO Max sees a surge in subscribers, will Warner Bros. share profits with Legendary? 

Furthermore, certain A-list stars reportedly have backend profit sharing deals in their contracts and only signed up for some of these films for the chance to cash in after the movie's theatrical release. There's a  chance that they too may take WB to court over the studio's streaming service shakeup.

Dune is currently scheduled for release on October 1, 2021  while Godzilla vs Kong is currently slated to drop on May 21, 2021.  If WB gets engrossed in a lengthy court case with Legendary or talent with a back end deal, there's a chance that these two films (and maybe more) might not be simultaneously released on HBO Max after all.

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tmp3 - 12/7/2020, 3:37 PM
Epic fail by WB
rkshuttleworth - 12/7/2020, 5:55 PM
@tmp3 - Epic fail in the attitude of filmmakers. What if no films get released, what then for them?
WarnerBrother - 12/7/2020, 10:43 PM
@rkshuttleworth -

If that were certain Disney and Universal would be joining WB. There is not pressing business
need to dump the entire 2021 slate of WB films to streaming without talking with directors
producers and talent.

WB did talk with the people behind Wonder Woman 84 and gave them a hefty payoff.
Some think that is because WB wants a third WW movie down the line and didn't want to burn bridges.

Word is that WB pretty much determined that none of their 2021 films including Godzilla vs Kong
and Dune would make a billion dollars anyway,so why not use them to generate subscribers to HBO
Max which is struggling to attract attention?

Nothing wrong with that. What is wrong is that WB made offers to pay peanuts to many of the film
production teams,directors,and talent as compensation for limited theater releases while offering
nothing to a few others.

Legendary Pictures who paid 75% of the costs for Godzilla vs Kong had an offer by Netflix to
pay them 250 million to release the film on their service. WB blocked that and possibly another
deal for Dune that Legendary also majority produced.

That was WB's right. But they didn't talk with Legendary about compensation before announcing they
would release GvK on HBO Max.

Legendary would take a massive hit when they had the chance to recover their investment in the
Monsterverse film.

That is BS.

Warner bros needs to be sued and it needs to either wait till it can release those films in theaters
or provide fair compensation for their creative partners before putting their work on streaming services at a loss for those partners even if it helps WarnerMedia stock with increased HBO Max subscribers.
GhostDog - 12/7/2020, 3:44 PM
Legendary to other film production companies:

Movie theaters:
Matador - 12/8/2020, 6:45 AM
@BlackBeltJones -

TheUnworthyThor - 12/7/2020, 3:44 PM
GhostDog - 12/7/2020, 3:47 PM
@TheUnworthyThor -

Disney watching this unfold
rkshuttleworth - 12/7/2020, 5:56 PM
@TheUnworthyThor - Yeah, when they are thinking of doing the exact same thing. I swear you geeks are knuckleheads.
TheUnworthyThor - 12/7/2020, 6:14 PM
@rkshuttleworth - Says who?
GhostDog - 12/7/2020, 3:46 PM
WB looking at Legendary
knocturnalzen10 - 12/7/2020, 4:42 PM
@BlackBeltJones - this gif gets me every time lol lol lol
calino2212 - 12/7/2020, 3:48 PM
Dune has a new release date of october 1 2021, not december 18 2020
MarkJulian - 12/7/2020, 3:51 PM
@calino2212 - fixed.
RyConn93 - 12/7/2020, 3:51 PM
Toonstrack - 12/7/2020, 3:51 PM
At this point Yakko Wakko and Dot could run this company better

They just cannot stop taking Ls
LameLuka - 12/7/2020, 3:53 PM
Go get em Legendary, honestly I hope they manage to pull both movies out of HBO MAX and the only way to see them will be in theaters.

With that said surprised Dune and GvK only cost around 160-170 milion each. Was expecting bigger budgets (200-250 milion for both)
LameLuka - 12/7/2020, 3:54 PM
@LameLuka - Legendary coming to slap some sense in these fools
tmp3 - 12/7/2020, 4:02 PM
@LameLuka - Villeneuve's very good at managing budgets. Arrival was only $50m, and Blade Runner 2049 cost $150m but looks like the most expensive movie ever made
Battabing - 12/7/2020, 5:12 PM
@LameLuka -
Where they'll fail.
LameLuka - 12/7/2020, 5:18 PM
@Battabing - they will have a better chance at making money
Battabing - 12/7/2020, 5:50 PM
@LameLuka -
Legendary didn't learn from the last two Godzilla fails. Kong didn't do that well either. It's practically all they have.
This is all about fear over how this changes the industry. Will audiences rush back to theaters if they know they can watch these films at home?
Uhhhhhh - 12/7/2020, 6:47 PM
@Battabing - These films will stop being available altogether if this model works out. Streaming is not a sustainable model for big budget blockbusters to thrive on, so they'll die off in favor of low to mid-budget movies.
LameLuka - 12/7/2020, 6:49 PM
@Battabing - Godzilla 2014 dit 530 milion while Kong Skull Island made 566 milion. The only dud was King of the Monsters. Not every movie needs to make a billion to be certified as a hit
Battabing - 12/7/2020, 8:18 PM
@LameLuka -
King of the Monsters box office was a pretty big drop from the first entry, which means dwindling interest.
LameLuka - 12/8/2020, 1:54 AM
@Battabing - word of mouth was mixed, it had competition each week, not to mention Aladdin ending up being a bigger hit than people expected. It could have made more if it came out in a different time, who knows.
But they have had 2 hits and 1 dud. As long as GvK makes 400+ milion it will be fine.
Battabing - 12/8/2020, 6:13 AM
@LameLuka -
Typically, when you're setting up a big showdown, you don't want the setup films to start losing money. You give a nuanced point, but if people want to see the movie, scheduling and competition won't matter.
MovieMonster - 12/7/2020, 3:55 PM
Real dick move by WB. Hopefully this can be sorted out. No way in hell am I seeing Dune and Godzilla vs. Kong at home. I'll be seeing those in the theater.
LameLuka - 12/7/2020, 3:57 PM
@MovieMonster - hopefully some of these movies get pulled off from HBO MAX.
Spidey91 - 12/7/2020, 3:56 PM
this is what happens when you wanna have your cake and eat it too but forgot you partially bought it with someone else's money.
bobevanz - 12/7/2020, 4:01 PM
I need Dune to make money, if I only get half of the book I'll lose my [frick]ing mind. So go ahead and release the rest, but don't mess with my Dune you hacks! Besides it doesn't come out til October. I'm optimistic that by then we'll be able to somewhat go back to normal. If movie theaters go away I've lost all hope in humanity. And no streaming isn't the future, at least for releases! These aren't direct to DVD quality movies ffs
MrDandy - 12/7/2020, 4:01 PM
It sounds like WB didn’t think this through in the slightest.
Spidey91 - 12/7/2020, 4:12 PM
@MrDandy - sooo......WB being WB.
Spidey91 - 12/7/2020, 4:14 PM
@tmp3 - Nolan is one of those "cinema or bust, made for IMAX" filmmaker, of course this was gonna bust his balls.
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