Thomas Tull, the founder and CEO of Legendary Entertainment, is leaving the company, according to Hollywood Reporter.  The move is the result of friction between Tull and Legendary’s new Chinese owners, according to the report; Legendary was acquired by Dalian Wanda early last year (see “Things To Come Dept.:  Wanda Buys Legendary”).  Points of conflict included recent Legendary bomb The Great Wall, and Pacific Rim 2, which is currently in production. 

There are a number of high stakes geek films in the pipe in addition to Pacific Rim 2, including the live action Pokemon (see “’Pokemon’ Movie Gets Director”), Dune (see “’Dune’ Moves Ahead”), and Kong:  Skull Island (see “First Full Trailer for ‘Kong:  Skull Island’”).

Legendary touches the geek world in a number of ways beyond movies, including television, web (it owns Nerdist and Geek & Sundry), and comics (see “’The Great Wall’ Graphic Novel Prequel Announced”).

Wanda CEO Jack Gao will run Legendary while a CEO search is conducted.