Sony made a trilogy of Spider-Man movies directed by Sam Raimi and starring Toby Mcguire. That series of films ended with Spider-Man 3, which featured the very first live-action version of Venom played by Topher Grace. The movie was so bad that it killed the Raimi/Spider-Man universe entirely. A year or so later Sony rebooted Spider-Man, with The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2, starring Andrew Garfield (who, to his credit, played a marvelous Spider-Man). Sony intended for that series to spawn off a “Spider-Man-Movie-Verse,” where villains and heroes would get their own movies, but all be connected much like all the other films by Marvel Studios. Venom, arguably Spider-Man’s most revered villain, was in the mix for a possible Spin-Off, but thanks to the bomb that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the franchise was once again dead and put back in the on-deck circle while Sony tried to figure out how to kick start another set of Spider-Man movies. Then Marvel Studios stepped in and negotiated a deal with Sony to resurrect (and give us an AWESOME) Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and start production on Spider-Man’s own MCU movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.
With the resurgence of Spider-Man on the silver screen, and given FOX’s latest runs with wildly success R-Rated superhero films like Deadpool and Logan, Sony wants in! They’ve just pushed through their long-conceived plan to make a spin-off film focusing on the villain Venom and plan to release it in Oct 2018. Venom is a fan-favorite character that many have been clamoring to see on the big screen. One major question the Sony should ask first though after considering who Venom is, his history, and how this possibly ties into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe): “Is a Venom spin-off a good idea?” (more…)
Well, this is unexpected. Sony Pictures has randomly announced a Spider-Man spin-off film focusing on the villain Venom for an Oct 2018 release. Umm, wut, lol? (more…)
Back in May of 2016, Channel 4 announced that it was partnering with Sony to produce an anthology sci-fi series (a description that is tantalisingly reminiscent of Black Mirror) based on the stories of renowned writer Philip K Dick. Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick is to due to be split into ten separate parts, with each episode a standalone drama adapted from Dick’s work by a creative team from both the UK and the USA. The series will be written and directed by Ronald D Moore and Michael Dinner, with Bryan Cranston both executive producing and appearing in the show. (more…)
They ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but it looks like the makers of the 2016 Ghostbusters movie reboot may be afraid of a sequel. The film’s director Paul Feig admitted in an interview with Den of Geek that a Ghostbusters sequel is currently looking rather unlikely to happen. The movie didn’t exactly do horrendously at the worldwide box office, with figures in the multi-millions, but apparently Sony had expected it to do better, requiring the film to reach a total of $300 million to actually make up for production costs – which it did not do.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that the director of Deadpool, Tim Miller, would not be returning to the sequel. This was due to creative differences not with the studio but with Deadpool start Ryan Reynolds. The two were apparently at odds over how big and stylized they wanted to go with the sequel, with Ryan Reynolds wanting to keep things smaller and kitschy, and Miller wanting to go far grander. The split was amicable. Ryan Reynolds and FOX are fine in finding a replacement director – Deadpool 2 will carry on. It is Tim Miller, however, who’s career trajectory is far more interesting to watch out for. Here’s a middle-aged guy who, prior to Deadpool, was known solely for directing video game trailers. Tim’s directing projects include Warner Bros. Batman: Arkham City, Sony’s DC Universe Online, and Dante’s Inferno. He made his first motion picture debut with Deadpool. And as history goes, it became the highest grossing Rated R movie of all time. He proved himself and then some. He’s earned the right to make whatever the hell he wants and be given an almost blank check.
So what does Tim Miller want to do, what’s next on his list? Well, Sonic The Hedgehog, of course! (more…)
Two years ago at this time, we sat in the tattered ruins of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony Pictures was highly ambitious about what it was going to do with a Spider-Man extended universe, and despite the critical failure of Amazing 2 and the underwhelming box office, Sony was full-speed ahead with Black Cat, Sinister Six, and Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4, all while nobody seemed to care anymore. But now things are different. With the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony, and their mutual agreement to share the character, we’re excited for more Spider-Man after Captain America: Civil War. But what future is there for Spidey beyond next summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming? (more…)
Principal photography has wrapped for Spider-Man: Homecoming and a tired cast and crew look ready for a break in the picture posted by Tom Holland. They’ve all been working hard at both the Atlanta and New York Sets and now the film has been passed into the hands of post production. That means there’s really no break for director Jon Watts, but he marked the occasion with a nice little video you can check out below. (more…)
When all is said and done, it all comes down to money in Hollywood. If a film makes money then someone will want to keep it going. Just look at the Resident Evil franchise, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone that would rate that franchise as a critical success, but it rakes in the cash at the box office and manages its production budget so in the end, the films make investors money and we all know, money talks. Now we come to Paul Fieg‘s Ghostbusters, certainly the most controversial movie of the year. THR is reporting that the production will lose up to $70 Million while Sony disputes that figure citing some pretty weak after market income sources. If nothing else, the poor showing puts that promised sequel into a precarious position for Sony executives. (more…)
Yes, we all know that predicted that the Ghostbusters movie was going to be terrible. The Internet rage directed towards this film was prevalent throughout much of its marketing campaign. For the most part, the director, cast, and producers remained silent and wanted the work to speak for itself instead of getting all caught up with the message boards. Now that the film has premiered and screened for the press, it looks like Ghostbusters is actually a pretty good film. Hopefully, this will silence the naysayers and everyone can go see the movie this weekend with an open mind. The producers of the film are already looking forward to the magic word: “franchise.”
With the onslaught of superhero films, it’s a great time to be a geek. All of our favorite childhood comic characters are showing up on either the big screen or the small screen. While some are warning about “superhero fatigue,” most of the movie going public is really enjoying all the films that have been coming out in recent years. The only real frustrating aspect of it all is that not every character’s rights are with one specific movie studio. As a result, a single coherent cinematic universe hasn’t been 100% established. The most popular one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which is provided by Marvel Studios. Many of the characters involved in that are associated with the Avengers films as well as the solo titles surrounding those characters. Other characters’ rights are owned by 20th Century Fox which on the rights to characters associated with the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. As a result, it looks like we will never be able to see Wolverine fight The Hulk (even though Wolverine was introduced to the world in a comic book with The Hulk). Looks like that might be about to change, though.
For the most part, Fox has enjoyed their ability to maintain their own cinematic universe separate from Marvel Studios and be able to make a great deal of revenue as a result. Fox had never even considered selling the rights back to Marvel, or even working out some sort of cross promotional film between the two studios. However, recently with the critical and commercial failure of the most recent Fantastic Four film, and the critical failure of X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be changing their tune. Since Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to be in the MCU which allowed Spider-Man to be one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War and the web-slinger will soon have his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. It looks like Fox is revisiting the option to play nice with marvel Studios.
In a recent interview Matt Key, producer of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Key shared some insights that he has been hearing within the industry.
“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”
Sounds like they will soon play in the same sandbox, which could lead to all sorts of new films. If a Sony-type of deal could be worked out, it probably would give Marvel creative control, but Fox would still make a great deal of money. With the postponement of the Inhumans film, and the fact that there are up to 3 planned MCU films that are currently unnamed, perhaps Marvel has already been making plans and one of them could be a film featuring a Fox-related property. Imagine what they could work with if they had the rights to Dr. Doom, The Kree Empire, The Beyonder, and many other characters tied into Fox properties?!? We could get The War of Kings, or even Avengers vs X-Men!!!
Until we actually hear of an actual deal we can simply hope something gets worked out so that we can have a true cinematic universe for all Marvel characters.
Source: ComicBook Movie