Legendary Entertainment Launches Worldwide Licensing Program for Guillermo del Toro’s PACIFIC RIM
Burbank, CA, February 13, 2012 – Legendary Entertainment has brought on premier boutique licensing agency, Striker Entertainment, to serve as the licensing agent for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated film, PACIFIC RIM, slated for worldwide distribution by partner Warner Bros. in 2013. As part of the agreement, Striker will support Legendary to build a worldwide licensing program around the sci-fi adventure PACIFIC RIM, directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Categories of potential merchandise will include toys, board and card games, collectibles, publishing categories, apparel and accessories, and consumer electronics, to name a few.
“The ingredients of Guillermo Del Toro, Legendary Pictures, and gripping characters, creatures and an epic storyline make for a powerful consumer products program that will be well received and endure well beyond the theatrical window,” said Russell Binder, President, Striker Entertainment.
Striker’s plans include developing a licensing and merchandising program for PACIFIC RIM that ensures a level of quality and detail which fans will appreciate and support. Striker already represents many of Hollywood’s most exciting entertainment properties including THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE HUNGER GAMES, SAW, THE WALKING DEAD, ENDER’S GAME, and ANGRY BIRDS.
ABOUT LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Seventh Son directed by Sergei Bodrov; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. Upcoming Legendary releases with partner Warner Bros. include Pacific Rim, Wrath of the Titans, Jack the Giant Killer and the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises. Previous successful Legendary and Warner Bros. releases include the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters The Hangover, Parts I and II (over $1 billion worldwide total), Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), and 300 ($456 million worldwide).
ABOUT PACIFIC RIM
From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro comes an epic sci-fi adventure. When legions of giant creatures known only as Kaiju started rising from the sea, a war began — a war that would consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised — the Jaegers — massive robots, piloted by the shared thoughts of two pilots, locked in a neural bridge. But with the Jaegers on the verge of defeat, the program has no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed-up former pilot and an untested trainee — to drive a legendary Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the rising monster apocalypse.