Tag: sony pictures

The Door Is Closed on the Spider-Man Deal, OR IS IT?

“For the moment the door is closed,” Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra said during Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit Thursday, so that’s that on Spider-Man returning to the MCU.

OR IS IT?

According to Comic Book Movie writer and reviewer Mikey Sutton, Sony is making these kinds of announcements to put pressure on Disney so that the company settles with a lesser agreement.

 

 

Despite previous reports that Disney wanted to go from 5% of the first dollar box office gross of all Spider-Man movies to a 50% of the first dollar box office gross (in addition to keeping 100% of the merchandising rights), they actually wanted to jump from 5% to 25%. This new deal would apply to new Spider-Man-related characters that would be folded in the MCU, such as Venom and Morbius.

Sony instead wanted to keep the original deal.

 

Spider-Man: What the f---!

Image Via Hindustan Times

 

Talks fell through, the news broke, and now  Sony Pictures chairman is saying “the deal is closed”. But he didn’t actually say that, did he? No, he said “[f]or the moment the door is closed”, for the moment being a key phrase here.

 

Disney buys Fox

Image Via Variety

 

According to Mikey Sutton this is a mere tactic called “The Takeaway,” a move commonly practiced in the business sector. Remember how after reports came flooding in that Disney was buying Fox, the deal was apparently called off? Then, a few weeks later, the deal has been signed.

Previously, Sony blamed Disney purchasing of Fox on the deal going through, putting down a statement that claimed that “the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him [Feige] – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own”.

 

Iron Boy

Image VIa Youtube

 

That statement stunk of lies, after all Spider is the crown jewel of Marvel and the MCU has put plenty of stock into him leading the MCU a la Tony Stark/Iron Man.

This new tactic, ideally, is to make Disney desperate in this effort to get Spider-Man back into the MCU. It also serves as a PR stunt in case the deal does not go through, effectively saving them from looking like the bad guys.

 

 

The problem is that this tactic seems to have backfired.

 

 

 

 

If the door is truly now permanently closed, Sony seems to have shot themselves in the foot. While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse enthralled moviegoers everywhere, their previous efforts without Marvel have done, well, not great. Spider-Man 3 and the two Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2 films proved that Sony was struggling with the character.

That means they are 3-3 with pleasing audiences with this character.

Can they earn back audience trust? For now, I’ll leave you with the words of senior media analyst at Comscore, Paul Dergarabedian

 

“The emotions are running very high, particularly with the fans, and words matter very much”

 

 

 

Featured image Via ScreenGeeker

An image from The Wheel of Time with the Amazon and Sony logos layered over it

Amazon to Adapt Robert Jordan’s Beloved ‘The Wheel of Time’ for TV

Robert Jordan’s long-running high fantasy epic, The Wheel of Time, is finally getting it’s long-awaited screen adaptation, which will be produced by Sony Pictures Televison and Amazon Studios. The series takes place in a world where magic is present, but can only be performed by women.

 

The series has taken a long winding road to this adaptation; the first book was published in 1990, and first optioned for a series in 2000 by NBC, which led to a dead end. Then, in 2004, Red Eagle bought the film, TV, video game, and comic rights to The Wheel of Time, and proceeded to air a pilot for the series which allowed it to hold onto the rights. The rights dispute was solved in 2016, making way for Amazon Studios to take over the adaptation.

 

Robert Jordan

Image via Strange Horizons

 

Robert Jordan, the author of The Wheel of Time, unfortunately passed away before the series was completed. He left extensive notes to allow for another author to take over and conclude the series. Brandon Sanderson, author of the novels in the Cosmere universe, (Elantris, Mistborn,  Warbreaker, The Stormlight Archive, and White Sand) finished the final three volumes. Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal, will be a consulting producer for the show.

 

Image from The Wheel of Time

Image via The Verge

 

Synopsis of The Wheel of Time:

 

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs―a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts― five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

 

Featured Image Via Wikipedia, Awards Circuit, and Wikimedia Commons. Synopsis Via Amazon.