Legendary May Try To Stop ‘Dune’ And ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ From Debuting On HBO Max

When WarnerMedia made an unprecedented move to release all upcoming Warner Bros. films in theaters and HBO Max, challenges were to be expected. While we could’ve predicted them from theater owners, it turns out that a legal battle could be coming from an unlikely source. Legendary, a producing partner on Godzilla vs. Kong and Dune, isn’t happy with the announcement and may do something about it.

Deadline reports Legendary may send legal letters to WarnerMedia to prevent them from releasing Godzilla vs. Kong and Dune to HBO Max. Seeing as Legendary are co-producers on both films, and reportedly financed up to 75% of both, they’re upset that WarnerMedia made its HBO Max decision without consulting them.

Furthermore, Legendary is upset that WarnerMedia didn’t consider third-party options, such as Netflix. As we learned recently, the Godzilla/Kong blockbuster has been getting shopped around, with Netflix offering $250M to become the distributor. There are other issues involving back-end deals for filmmakers and stars, which must be figured out anew in accordance with a streaming release.

So where does this go? Who knows? There’s a good chance Legendary and WarnerMedia strike another deal and put this to bed. Just know that neither film would’ve been announced if there wasn’t a 100% chance of it happening.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.