Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group and Legendary Entertainment Nov. 28 announced a new multiyear worldwide film distribution partnership under which Sony Pictures will market and distribute Legendary’s new upcoming theatrical motion picture titles.
Sony Pictures will also handle home entertainment and TV distribution for the titles it releases. Legendary retains the option to produce and distribute feature film content for the wide range of streaming platforms existing both today and for future incarnations.
Sony Pictures and Legendary are aligned in their ongoing commitment to theatrical distribution as a driver for other “downstream” windows and the theatrical window’s long-term value for films, according to a press release.
As part of the pact, Sony Pictures will market and distribute new Legendary theatrical releases worldwide excluding China, where Legendary East will handle all marketing and distribution activities.
Legendary will also continue to remain in business with Warner Bros. Pictures on select existing titles including the upcoming Dune: Part Two, currently in production and slated for release on Nov. 3, 2023.
“It’s a rare opportunity to partner in this mutually beneficial way with true pros, who are completely aligned in our theatrical commitment and vision for this business,” Josh Greenstein and Sanford Panitch, presidents of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said in a statement. “The creative brilliance and power of Legendary is huge and we look forward to bringing their work to theaters across the world.”
“As we continue to grow our content offerings, we are excited to forge this relationship with Tony, Tom, Sanford, Josh and the rest of the exceptional Sony team,” Legendary CEO Joshua Grode said in a statement. “Sony’s commitment to theatrical distribution aligns with our vision of how to best derive the most value for Legendary’s movies. The incredible slate of movies that Mary Parent has amassed are built for the theatrical experience and we are excited about our partnership with Sony for this next phase of Legendary’s growth.”
“Legendary is, well, legendary and we are excited and fortunate to add Josh and Mary’s strong slate to our ongoing commitment to big movies on the big screen,” Tom Rothman, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.
“We are also grateful to Warner Bros. Pictures who has been a valuable partner to Legendary over many years, and we look forward to continuing our work with the talented executives at Warner/Discovery,” Grode stated.
Past Legendary film group releases for both theatrical and streaming include the Academy Award-winning adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal bestseller Dune, Godzilla Vs. Kong, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Enola Holmes and Enola Holmes 2.