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Legendary Pictures In Talks To Buy Epic?

That question mark is there both because no one's talking on the record and because I was all... huh?

With terms like "Epic" and "Legendary" being tossed around, this whole article is starting to read like a UT kill spree. MONSTER ACQUISITION!
According to Ben Fritz at Variety, Epic Games--the Gears of War and Unreal people, in case you forgot--are in talks with Legendary Picutres, a company that provides financial backing for films.

There aren't really any hard details out there about this, through Fritz cites "multiple sources" as confirming the news.

Burbank-based Legendary has been responsible for films like The Dark Knight, 300, Beerfest, and Superman Returns. The company also has more films in production, including the World of Warcraft movie. The company will also be co-financing the Gears of War movie.

Considering that Epic is practically printing money via its licensing deals for the Unreal Engine and is on the verge of shipping an hotly-anticipated sequel in Gears of War 2, I can't imagine they're cheap. Either way, it'll be interesting to watch this unfold, if it's happening. The last time a major engine licensor was purchased was EA's 2004 buy of Criterion, which internalized the popular RenderWare engine and, in the process, probably helped pave the way for Epic's current success with UE3.

[UPDATE] Shacknews ran the concept past Epic's VP, Mark Rein, who called the report "just another rumor." Sure seems like Epic's getting caught up in a lot of buyout rumors lately.
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Posted by Jeff
With terms like "Epic" and "Legendary" being tossed around, this whole article is starting to read like a UT kill spree. MONSTER ACQUISITION!
According to Ben Fritz at Variety, Epic Games--the Gears of War and Unreal people, in case you forgot--are in talks with Legendary Picutres, a company that provides financial backing for films.

There aren't really any hard details out there about this, through Fritz cites "multiple sources" as confirming the news.

Burbank-based Legendary has been responsible for films like The Dark Knight, 300, Beerfest, and Superman Returns. The company also has more films in production, including the World of Warcraft movie. The company will also be co-financing the Gears of War movie.

Considering that Epic is practically printing money via its licensing deals for the Unreal Engine and is on the verge of shipping an hotly-anticipated sequel in Gears of War 2, I can't imagine they're cheap. Either way, it'll be interesting to watch this unfold, if it's happening. The last time a major engine licensor was purchased was EA's 2004 buy of Criterion, which internalized the popular RenderWare engine and, in the process, probably helped pave the way for Epic's current success with UE3.

[UPDATE] Shacknews ran the concept past Epic's VP, Mark Rein, who called the report "just another rumor." Sure seems like Epic's getting caught up in a lot of buyout rumors lately.
Posted by deaux

Gears of War 2 is an almost certain sequel.

Posted by Destroyeron

^Confused.

Posted by CleverLoginName

Jeez, if it goes down I hope it doesn't mean Epic making movie licensed video games... huge waste of talent.

Posted by daniel_beck_90

Gears of war 2 is the storm of this Holiday season .

Posted by lordofultima

Wicked Sick? Eh.

Posted by Vigorousjammer

Clever, I'm hoping this goes the other way and we see some good movie licenced games being developed by Epic...
imagine a Dark Knight game by them *mouth watering*

Posted by Replica23

It wouldn't surprise me if movie studios buying development studios became standard. The game industry generates a lot of revenues, of course the hollywood types want in. What better way to do that then buying up popular developers and their IP's?

Posted by bjorno

GILLETE should buy Epic, so I can have gears themed razors.
Or even better, a chainsaw-gun electric razor.

Posted by BasketSnake

epic? EPIC?????????    ----EPIC---- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAg5KjnAhuU

Posted by Kohe321

Interesting. I wonder how this turns out.

Posted by Octaslash

LEGENDARY

Pictures  buys

EPIC

Games.

That sentence sounds awesome on so many levels.
Posted by Pibo47

I am calling BS on this one. Then again i called BS on payton working on halo....so who knows.

Posted by SlimDogg

Not sure how which way i want this to go.

Posted by keoskey

cant wait to go see that GOW movie allso want to see the wow movie

Posted by lamegame621

"MONSTER ACQUISITION"...brilliant.

Posted by Milkman

Legendary AND Epic?! That would be the most bad ass company ever.