Legendary Pictures Negotiating Epic Games Purchase? (Updated)

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Update: When contacted by Shacknews, Epic Games VP Mark Rein called the Variety report that Legendary Pictures is in talks to acquire Epic "just another rumor."

Original story: Film production company Legendary Pictures--co-producer of the upcoming Gears of War movie adaptation--is currently in talks to buy Gears developer Epic Games, according to Variety.

The news has apparently been corroborated by multiple sources, though neither company involved has issued any official statements. Legendary Pictures has co-produced recent Hollywood hits such as 300 and The Dark Knight. Its future projects include the aforementioned Gears flick, as well as the World of Warcraft movie.

Legendary CEO Thomas Tull has shown a long-lasting interest in the gaming industry. Tull recently resigned from a position on the board of Brash Entertainment, a game publisher which focuses mainly on creating titles based on licensed movie properties.

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    October 23, 2008 8:48 PM

    holy shit, these guys might actually make decent movies!

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      October 23, 2008 9:03 PM

      Yeah, like Batman Begins! And The Dark Knight! And... and...

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      October 23, 2008 9:14 PM

      Agreed. If Blizzard chose to work with these guys to make a Warcraft movie, they've gotta be good.

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        October 23, 2008 9:15 PM

        its gonna be a wierd experience for blizzard, not being able to endlessly tweak their creation

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          October 23, 2008 9:50 PM

          Yeah, but it *is* Blizzard. If they think it's not going to pan out, they'll pull the plug in a heartbeat.

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          October 24, 2008 7:03 AM

          I read in an interview over a year ago, I think with Chris Metzen or some other big dog at Blizzard, about the production of the Warcraft movie. It was said that Blizzard are actually working very tightly with Legendary Pictures on the movie, that they're definitely not going to just let Legendary make something completely on their own. I'm sure they'll be able to make lots of input for tweaks.