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Is Sony Getting Ready to Give Up Spider-Man?

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The rumor du jour is that Sony is looking to move some assets off their film division’s plate in an effort to save some cash and focus on the more lucrative video game side of the business. At least that’s what Comic Book Therapy tried to sell us today.

According to the story, Sony is considering an offer by investor Daniel Loeb and his hedge fund company Third Point to buy some key properties currently part of Sony’s roster like Resident Evil and…. Spider-Man. Seems kind of crazy, right? After all, Resident Evil was spawned five very profitable movies, and right now they’re pouring money into a biggie-sized Amazing Spider-Man 2.

If true, that would be huge: Sony studios selling a bunch of its biggest bread winners to a third party. Is there any evidence to back this up? Well, Comic Book Therapy did have the following quote from Sony Chief executive Kazuo Hirai  that he reportedly gave to investors on the issues:

“Third Point’s proposal involves the way we manage a core business of the Sony group and the direction of our management. So the Sony board will give it thorough consideration before replying to Mr Loeb.”

Still unconvinced? The Register had a follow-up that seemed to confirm saying, “Sony has said that it will consider a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb that the group should sell off parts of its music and movies business, which includes popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner Adele.”

Considering that Adele is currently one of the best selling talents in an otherwise desolate music industry it makes this news even more suspect, but some are letting their imaginations running wild right now. Comic Book Movie has speculated that perhaps this could mean that someway, somehow, Spider-Man might now find his way home to Marvel and Disney, thus making him eligible for Avengers membership.

But not so fast….

This afternoon, Ain’t It Cool founder Harry Knowles reached out to Sony boss Amy Pascal and asked her about the rumor. Here’s what Knowles posted:

Well, about 15 minutes later, Amy Pascall [sp] was on the phone and the word denial isn’t strong enough.   Amy said that she would “Never ever ever” let go of SPIDER-MAN.   She feels the property is directly tied to her legacy and time at SONY.  Not just that, she is really thrilled by the work on the new film.

And that, as they say, is that. But who knows, apparently Sony and Disney were close to a deal to include the Oscorp building in the New York skyline in Avengers before time ran out to finish the effects bu the deadline for the film’s release. So maybe the crossover hope is still alive sometime in the future. File this under the sad but untrue category.

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