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
It’s that time of year when we’re flooded with first looks, trailers and other assorted news from the video game business. It’s E3 in Los Angeles this week! The chance for fans, journalists, and competitors to get to see what the video game companies are cooking, and from the looks of things, there’s a lot of good stuff in the oven. To wit, a veritable eruption of new game trailers for the Sony‘s Playstation 4 have been released, and they include some pretty big names and a hint at what Sony’s got in store for those looking forward to VR. Hope your browsers up to date, because there are so many trailers below, we just might crash it! (more…)
The future of gaming is LIVE! E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, returns for its 21st year on Tuesday, June 14th and runs through Thursday, June 16th. The event will feature press conferences and reveals from some of the biggest names in the video game business: Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA and more third-party developers! The expo, known for its history of being the event where major developers unveil new and upcoming projects, is already gathering a fair amount of buzz. With talks of new consoles from Microsoft , Nintendo (Nintendo NX) and Sony (PS 4.5) possibly being introduced or discussed, virtual reality (VR) devices for gaming systems, and a slew of games coming in the second half of 2016, you can be certain that video games will be the major focus of E3 this year. (more…)
The reboot of Ghostbusters featuring an all-female cast has been a point of contention ever since Sony Pictures announced plans to bring the hit 1984 film into the 21st century. Many fans of the original 80’s Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Rick Moranis, question as to why attempt to reboot a film that was beautifully and cleverly created by Ivan Reitman. Others are chiming in by comparing the 80’s version with this latest. There are even a small group of misogynistic individuals attacking the movie for making the four lead characters women. Regardless where it comes from, the fact is director Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, arriving in theaters on July 15th, is not getting the press it would like prior to its release. Enter Sony domestic marketing President Dwight Caines. (more…)
The internet was created to be an open forum of ideas and opinions. The problem is that not all of those opinions are going to be positive, or even fair. As the saying goes, everyone’s a critic and no-one understands this better than the cast and crew of the upcoming remake of Ghostbusters starring Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. (more…)
Michael Keaton is no stranger to donning a cape and a mask; he’s done it three times so far, if you count both of his stints as the Caped Crusader. Usually, though, he is the hero of the story, albeit a dark one. In Birdman, 1989’s Batman, and Batman Returns, Keaton has played a borderline anti-hero. In fact, to many he IS Batman. This time, the former Batman and Birdman actor will be crossing that line in the sand and playing the villain, for a Marvel film nonetheless. At least, that’s the what the rumors are saying. (more…)
Way back (a couple of years ago) when word came out through the Sony email hack that the studio was developing a crossover between Men in Black and 21 Jump Street we were all unanimous in our appraisal that while Sony may have been floating a trial balloon internally, it would almost certainly be too preposterous to pursue. Shows what we know. Now, the MiB/Jump Street crossover is so real that Sony is now actively promoting its development, and in front of theater owners yesterday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, they actually gave it a title. On the other hand, they also announced the involvement of a pair of key figures that should mitigate fan concerns. (more…)
Way back when Sony tried to reboot Spider-Man in 2012, they decided to distinguish the new series by calling it The Amazing Spider-Man after the long-running comic book featuring the Wall-Crawler. Many fans thought they would name the inevitable sequel after another Spidey comic like The Spectacular Spider-Man, or Web of Spider-Man, but Sony went with the much more prosaic The Amazing Spider-Man 2 instead. So then fans thought: maybe they could use those other Spider-Man titles for the upcoming rebooted reboot sponsored by Marvel Studios, but nope, apparently they had a better idea. As hinted at last week, the next movie will be called Spider-Man: Homecoming. (more…)