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Mary Parent to co-produce ‘Pacific Rim’

Legendary pic is her highest-profile gig since leaving MGM

Mary Parent has come aboard to co-produce “Pacific Rim,” the robots vs. monsters actioner that Guillermo del Toro is helming for Legendary Pictures.

Pic becomes Parent’s most high-profile film since exiting her post as chair of MGM’s worldwide motion pictures group and setting up her new shingle at Paramount Picture earlier this year.

She has already boarded the ad- aptation of Peter Tomasi and KeithChampagne’s comicbook “The Mighty,” since launching the Disruption Entertainment banner, with execs Cale Boyter and Luke Ryan, former MGM staffers. JC Spink is co-producing that project, with Drew Pearce writing the screenplay.

After crossing paths throughout the years, “Pacific Rim” reunites Parent with Del Toro after she helped recruit the director to helm “The Hobbit” as two films for MGM and New Line in 2008. The director left after a delay in getting the films up and running.

“Pacific Rim,” which Del Toro starts helming in November, stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Max Martini, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kasinsky and Willem Dafoe. Travis Beacham penned the script about humans who band together to create and pilot massive robots to fight giant creatures that threaten to destroy the earth.

Pic is skedded for a July 12, 2013 release through Warner Bros.

Film is just one of several big budget tentpoles that Legendary is putting into production, and has turned to Parent to help shepherd the vehicle as execs juggle other tentpoles like “Paradise Lost,” “The Seventh Son,” “Man of Steel,” “300: Battle of Artemsia,” and the recently announced Legendary East production “The Great Wall.” It’s also wrapping up “Jack the Giant Killer” and “Wrath of the Titans.”

“Pacific Rim” is one of the first titles that Legendary is fully self-financing, after having co-financed and produced most of its films with Warner Bros. to date.

Parent will produce “Pacific Rim” with Legendary’s Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Guillermo del Toro.

As chairman of MGM’s film studio, from 2008 through October, Parent oversaw such pics as the remake of “Red Dawn” and “Fame,” the laffer “Hot Tub Time Machine” and “Zookeeper,” and horror pic “The Cabin in the Woods.”

Parent’s credits include overseeing “Meet the Fockers,” “The Bourne Supremacy” and “Serenity” while production prexy at Universal Studios. She later served as vice chairman of worldwide production for U with Scott Stuber before the two left to set up a production shingle at the studio, through which they made “Role Models,” “The Kingdom” and “You, Me and Dupree.”

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