Legendary Pictures Teaming with Universal for ‘Dracula’ & Possibly ‘Jurassic Park 4′

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jurassic park 4 release date1 Legendary Pictures Teaming with Universal for Dracula & Possibly Jurassic Park 4

The Internet is still abuzz over Warner Bros.’ announcement that Ben Affleck will don the Bat-suit for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel. This news – while indeed controversial – supports the studio’s decision to seize more financial (and thereby creative) control over its superhero properties, ultimately leading to the end of its partnership with Legendary Pictures.

Since 2005, Legendary had co-produced 29 films with Warner Bros., including such blockbusters as The Hangover and Dark Knight trilogies, 300 and (of course) Man of Steel. Combined, these projects grossed nearly $9 billion at the worldwide box office and proved that Legendary had a knack for bringing ambitious, fan-favorite projects to the big screen. Now that the company has signed a long-term deal with Universal, the question remains which upcoming releases will bear the Legendary banner.

According to Variety, Universal’s Dracula reboot has been selected as Legendary’s first collaboration with the studio. That film – not to be confused with NBC’s upcoming Dracula television series – stars Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) as the title character and endeavors to detail how the legendary vampire came to be. Just as Legendary took advantage of Warner Bros.’ stable of DC characters with its Batman and Superman films, the company appears to be making a similar move with Universal’s array of classic monsters. By this logic, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Legendary also decides to support the studio’s reboots of The Mummy and Van Helsing.

dracula luke evans Legendary Pictures Teaming with Universal for Dracula & Possibly Jurassic Park 4

As part of its five-year co-financing and distribution deal, Legendary is currently reviewing Universal’s upcoming slate to determine which projects it’ll back next. Variety‘s report states that next year’s Fast & Furious 7 and animated releases from Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me) are not included, though one possibility is director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park 4.

That highly-anticipated film is expected to begin production next year and would be an easy fit for Legendary’s current trademarks of geek-friendly comic book films and monster movies like Pacific Rim and the upcoming Godzilla reboot. In addition, Legendary’s work with Batman has proven that the company is capable of bringing a dormant franchise back to the top of the box office, and the Jurassic Park franchise will have been dormant for 14 years by the time the fourth entry hits theaters.

Legendary must reportedly perform a final review of the script before any decisions are made, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating about just how fitting this partnership might be. After all, it’s quite possible that we’ll see “from the producers of The Dark Knight trilogy” on a dino-filled poster in the near future.

Do you think that Legendary Pictures is a good fit for the upcoming Dracula and Jurassic Park films? As always, sound off in the comments below.

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Dracula hits theaters on August 8, 2014, and Jurassic Park 4 is expected to be released in summer 2015.

Source: Variety

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  1. I want ‘Jurassic Park 4′ in 2014, next year’s summer, not the year after! It’s even better, 4th installment for 2014.

    • If only because bigger movies will be out in 2015 and JP4 won’t get the box office or attention the studio may be hoping for.

      • I think they have to be smart with the release date because if it’s anywhere near Man of Steel 2 and The Avengers, I think it’ll be swallowed. Though if it’s sometime in late August or even December, it’ll do that much better.

        • Come to think of it, would a Christmas release date work well?

          • Movie release in early December, giving two weeks to buy the accompanying toy sets for Christmas.

            That works, yeah.

            • Hmm makes sense, they’ll make tons in merchandise.

            • I don’t think that a december release would be a smart move for Universal considering that Star Wars Episode 7 and Bond 24 are already confirmed for that month.

              March, august or even september in my opinion could be the best months for JP4.

          • Jurassic Park is a summer movie.

            Make it a June release. One full month after Avengers AOU and one month before Man of Steel 2.

            Has to be in the summer though.

  2. I’m down with a Dracula film done right.
    He’s the only vampire I have time for.

  3. Jurassic Park 4 is slated for 2015 as well? Really?! They realize that our moviegoing resources are limited, right? It’s as if they actually want some movies to bomb…

    • Exactly.

      There were too many movies this year for me to see so I had to skip Elysium and either see Gravity and Metallica: Through The Never in October plus Thor in November or do without any more movies this year and wait until Godzilla next year instead.

      2015 is stacked and unless people save money in advance starting right this moment, a lot of movies are gonna have less box office takings than expected, especially if 3D and IMAX 3D continue to be the trend knowing how expensive those tickets are.

  4. Universal monsters and dinosaurs, my favorite.

  5. Universal’s The Wolfman was an honest attempt at a reboot. I would watch Dracula and Mummy if done as period pieces and a serious effort is made. I don’t think Van Helsing (Jackman) really needs a reboot. Would like to see Creature From The Black Lagoon reboot get rolling also.

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  8. I think the movies deserve the right characters at least tho,
    and when I say characters I mean Actors and a unique script with a
    major twist…. I’d say bring back Sam Neil for Jurassic Park 4,
    and Jeff Goldblum… and I’d say to have two sides of a story to jurassic park 4, like two ways to get off the island i think that be a market right there

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  10. Congratulations, to Legendary Pictures ‘Pacific Rim’ for its “small” victory at the Labor Day weekend box office,PR has just crossed the $100 million mark at the U.S. box office,also it has crossed the $400 million mark at the world wide bo. All of that ‘Pacific Rim’ “flop” talk seems to be falling farther and farther away.

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