The Mary Parent era at MGM is over.Parent, chairman of the motion picture group and co-CEO, cleared out of her office Friday, according to sources, after two and a half years at the beleaguered studio.MGM had no comment about Parent's departure, which came with the studio having released only one movie -- "Hot Tub Time Machine" -- this year. But her exit wasn't a surprise, given that MGM's in the midst of seeking approval from its debtholders for a prepackaged...
Parent produced Legendary’s most recent box office success, “Kong: Skull Island,” which grossed $567 million worldwide, as well as Alejandro G. Inarritu’s conceptual virtual reality installation Carne y Arena. The VR exhibition, which simulates the harrowing struggle of immigrants and refugees who are apprehended crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and was installed this summer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Under Parent’s watch, Legendary also completed production on director Steven DeKnight’s “Pacific Rim Uprising,” starring John Boyega and Scott Eastwood, which is slated for release by Universal Pictures next year. She’s also overseeing two other big-budget productions, “Skyscraper,” with Dwayne Johnson, and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”
Parent is developing a slew of new projects, including “Bad Blood,” to be written and directed by Adam McKay and to star Jennifer Lawrence.
Prior to Legendary, Parent had co-founded Disruption Entertainment, where she was a producer on Inarritu’s Oscar-nominated epic “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, and earlier produced “Pacific Rim,” “Godzilla” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.”
She was formerly the motion pictures group chairman at MGM and before that was vice chairman of worldwide production with Scott Stuber at Universal Pictures, overseeing such films as “Meet the Fockers” and “The Bourne Supremacy,” before the two formed their own production company.