Legendary Pictures Tees Up Sports Docs (Exclusive)
The studio behind loud, flashy monster movies like 'Godzilla' and 'Pacific Rim' is financing a low-budget film about memorabilia collectors.
A version of this story first appeared in the August 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Legendary Pictures is going small. The studio of Godzilla and Pacific Rim quietly is backing low-budget sports documentaries and has inked a deal with Prospect Productions, an Emmy-winning banner whose credits include ESPN's 30 for 30 and Sunday Night Baseball. Legendary chairman and CEO Thomas Tull, an ardent sports fan, set a meeting with Prospect founders Colin Barnicle and Nick Barnicle and producer Jeff Siegel after seeing their 30 for 30 short Holy Grail, about the T206 Honus Wagner, the world's most expensive baseball card (Tull owns one).
The short inspired the first film under the pact, a $500,000 full-length doc about avid memorabilia collectors (the trio is in talks with Legendary for a second sports documentary on a subject to be determined). Although Tull's extensive collection will not be shown, he helped facilitate interviews with his deep-pocketed brethren. The doc will feature the collections of such notable industry figures as music attorney John Branca and Keith Olbermann, who "got outbid for a baseball by Charlie Sheen in the mid-'90s," says Colin Barnicle of one story in the doc.