Updated: Aug 31
In a recent report from Deadline, the partnership deal between Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. has recently expired and are eyeing Sony and Paramount for their next partnership. While the idea of this partnership break-up is scary, Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. have been through this break-up before in 2013.
Last time Legendary Entertainment left Warner Bros. was when they partnered with Universal Studios. The deal with Universal was first made back in 2013. While the partnership has seen a couple of box-office successes such as Jurassic World and Interstellar, most of the movies had met with one box-office bomb after another with titles such as Dracula Untold, Warcraft, The Great Wall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and Skyscraper. During that time, Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters was still under the distribution of Warner Bros. and Legendary went back to Warner Bros. in 2018 under a new deal, which has now expired.
What does this all mean for the Monsterverse? Right now, we have seen that the Monsterverse is not entirely exclusive to Warner Bros. on the side of animated and live-action shows such as Netflix’s Skull Island and Apple TV’s untitled series under the working title “HourGlass.” However, the fifth Monsterverse film, “ORIGINS,” is still under Warner Bros.
If more Monsterverse movies are ever planned, they will most likely still be distributed by Warner Bros. With huge money-makers that Godzilla and Kong have become, those are properties that WB will not want to give up so easily. With the DCEU in a shakey situation with reports of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom receiving bad criticisms from test screenings, Batgirl and many other DC projects being canceled (I say good, but I digress), and The Flash moving forward regardless of the allegations against Ezra Miller, Warner Bros. will need the Monsterverse to fall back on if all else fails.
So I can’t see Warner Bros. allowing Legendary Entertainment to leave and to take the Monsterverse with them. If Legendary Entertainment is able to take the Monsterverse with them to Sony or Paramount, that will be more money LOST for Warner Bros. They would be making one of the biggest mistakes by letting Legendary walk out with the Monsterverse. They would be losing money trying to fix their DC movies and years down the road they would consider losing the Monsterverse an even bigger mistake than releasing the Snyder Cut of Justice League (and that is not a joke, either) because they lost the crutch that helped make them money.
Just remember, we were there when we witness Godzilla vs Kong helped start up the revival of movie theaters. We were there to see Godzilla vs Kong make it to the TOP 5 in the worldwide box-office in 2021. That should have been seen as a God sent sign to Warner Bros. that the Monsterverse franchise is the franchise that they must hold on to. The Monsterverse is the key to their success and if they lose it then they are going to be through some financial hell for years to come and they will regret it when their next DC movies flop.
LONG LIVE THE KINGS!
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