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Hasbro Captures the Ghostbusters License

Ghostbusters

Today, Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced that Hasbro has been named the master toy licensee for Ghostbusters worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Hasbro will create a wide variety of toys inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties globally designed to appeal to both fans of the original franchise, and a new generation of Ghostbusters around the world. Hasbro’s Ghostbusters line will be available in 2020, aligning with the highly anticipated new Ghostbusters movie that is slated for Summer 2020 in the U.S.

The upcoming product line marks a return to the Ghostbusters franchise by Hasbro. From 1986 to 1991, Kenner, which is now part of Hasbro, created and marketed The Real Ghostbusters toy line, with many of the original developers from Kenner still working with Hasbro. More recently, Hasbro collaborated with Sony Pictures to create the Transformers Generations Collaborative: Ghostbusters Mash-Up Ecto-1 Ectotron. Additionally, a Transformers / Ghostbusters crossover comic series is now available from IDW. These collaborations honor both brands’ 35th anniversaries this year. 

Sony Comments on their Break-Up with Marvel

Spider-Man: Far From Home

News broke yesterday that the partnership between Sony and Marvel concerning the Spider-Man films is shifting.

The two studios couldn’t agree on a new financial relationship concerning films and a possible expansion of their partnership involving other characters in Sony’s Spider-Man portfolio. Disney wanted more of the pie and refused counteroffers by Sony.

In the current arrangement, Marvel would produce Sony’s Spider-Man films and the character would, in turn, be able to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Sony puts the blame squarely on Disney over the impasse.

Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live-action Spider-Man film.

We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him — including all their newly added Marvel properties — do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.

If reporting is correct, Disney asked Sony to take less money than they have made in their solo Spider-Man ventures. With the success of Venom and an Oscar win for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s unclear how Disney thought they had the upper negotiating power.

This is also the first time since the Fox purchase Disney has been pushed back upon as far as their machinations. The 800 lb gorilla isn’t so unstoppable. The statement by Sony would also point the finger at Disney for the initial leak of the news. The scenario being that the outcry by the internet would force Sony to come back to the table. Sony appears to have called their bluff.

In likelihood, the two parties will continue negotiations and come to a deal as their two joint ventures have averaged more than Sony’s Spider-Man films and Marvel’s solo films when it comes to worldwide grosses.

You can read more of our analysis of the numbers.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

Sony and Marvel are on a Break Over Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Disney and Sony are taking a break when it comes to the Spider-Man property after the two studios couldn’t come to a new agreement. The dispute has taken place over the past few months and has resulted with Marvel Studios‘ president Kevin Feige no longer producing the Sony franchise and no more future involvement from Marvel.

Disney asked that future Spider-Man films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement and there were discussions of extending that to other Spider-Man related films. Sony rejected that but offered other options. Disney currently receives “in the range of 5% of first-dollar gross” under the current deal.

But financially, it makes little sense for Sony to take Marvel’s deal. 100% of the average $742.1 million is better than 50% of the $991.5 million average of the two joint ventures.

Venom

Sony has also found recent greater success with the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Venom grossing $856.1 million. A sequel to that film is in the works and the Spider-Verse team is being tapped for more projects with Sony and are easy replacements for Feige along with producer Amy Pascal.

But, on average, Sony has just had more success on their own compared to Marvel on their own. When you take out the three Avengers team films, the average Sony live-action Spider-Man film grosses more than Marvel films. Worldwide, Sony sees $803.2 million per film compared to Marvel’s $758.6 million (and that includes Marvel’s four billion dollar solo films). Domestically, the two are similar with Marvel grossing $309.3 million compared to Sony’s $298.7 million. Internationally, Sony wins with $504.5 million to Marvel’s $449.3 million. While Sony’s average budget is higher, they still have a higher “profit” of $606.2 million compared to Marvel’s $586.3 million. The multiplier for Sony is 4.65x on average to Marvel’s 4.17x. So, Sony has had success with their films before Marvel ever became involved (just because you didn’t like the film doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success).

Interestingly, the two are stronger together as their joint ventures beat both studios separately. On average the two joint Spider-Man films have earned $355.4 million domestically, $636.1 million internationally, $991.5 million worldwide, $824 million “profit,” and a5.96 multiplier. Sony’s original Spider-Man trilogy has still performed better than this third volume which has really seen its success at the international box office.

The two studios’ latest joint project, Spider-Man: Far From Home became Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time passing the James Bond film Skyfall.

It is expected director Jon Watts and actor Tom Holland will continue their involvement with the franchise for at least the next two films.

Sony has numerous Spider-Man related films in the works including a sequel to Venom with Andy Serkis directing and Tom Hardy returning to star. Morbius with Jared Leto is coming and films based on Kraven the Hunter, Silver Sable, and Black Cat are all rumored. Then there are the spinoffs to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. All of which will prevent a reversion of rights to Disney.

In reality, Sony has all the cards and Disney is the one that’ll have to pay up for once.

(via Deadline)

Andy Serkis to Direct Venom 2

The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive that Andy Serkis will be directing Venom 2. Serkis seemingly confirmed the news on Twitter. Tom Hardy will return in the title roles of the Marvel Comics characters Eddie Brock and Venom.

Venom earned $213.5 million domestically, $642.6 million internationally for a worldwide total of just shy of $856.1 million. It was the 13th highest-grossing film of 2018 domestically and 7th highest-grossing worldwide.

This will be Serkis’ third directorial gig after 2017’s Breath and 2018’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, which ended up on Netflix after being made at Warner Bros.

Serkis rose to fame through his motion-capture work such as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also was part of the second unit directing with the Hobbit trilogy. Serkis was Klaw in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, so he’s already been part of the Marvel family. Though Venom is with Sony, Spider-Man’s last two films have been joint ventures between Sony and Marvel.

Kelly Marcel wrote the script for Venom 2. It’s expected that Woody Harrelson will also be part of the film after he was teased at the end of Venom as Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage, a villain of the character as well as Spider-Man.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Opens with the Largest Tuesday Debut of All Time

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home is going to win the weekend box office easy but the question is how high will it swing?

The film opened with the largest Tuesday debut of all time with $39.25 million. That beats the previous record holder which was The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man opened with $137 million over six days in 2012. Sony is predicting $125 million for six days for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It’s likely the studio is underestimating the grosses due to 2019 seeing a string of films failing to meet expectations.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opened with $117 million in July 2017. It’s hard to compare the two films due to their opening days and when July 4th falls this year. Spider-Man: Far From Home is expected by some to bring in over $175 million over six days.

The film has opened up internationally with openings in China, Japan, and Hong Kong. So far it has earned $111 million. It expands to the rest of the world, minus Italy, this coming weekend. It opens in Italy on July 10.

Movie Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home

It’s difficult to review Spider-Man: Far From Home in its totality. Doing so would spoil so much of what makes the film great. The movie is easily the best Spider-Man film to be released. We’re not counting Into the Spider-verse for that debate. It also challenges the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s really that good.

The film picks up post Avengers: Endgame. Not only does it directly address events from that film, but it also answers many of our questions stemming from it. So many scenarios are thrown out about the impact of the snap. So many quick comments. And so much of it is addressed with humor and realism. And that’s the brilliance of the film.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is able to add massive amounts of worldbuilding and details through simple quick sentences. It’s a movie that’s smart in how it delivers information to the audience. It’s also clearly aware of the weight on its shoulders.

Here’s a spoiler… for Avengers: Endgame

The film deals with the fallout of the death of the heroes, particularly Tony Stark. It questions what’s Tony’s legacy and who will take up the mantle? And that responsibility is thrown on to the shoulders of Peter Parker. Tony saw something in him and that’s addressed here. Helping explore that is Happy Hogan who takes on a more involved role that’s almost fatherly.

End spoiler…

The film itself is about elementals who have come from another dimension to destroy our planet as they’ve done to others. Enter Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio, a mysterious person from a different Earth. He’s a soldier out to stop the elementals who destroyed his world.

It’s also the summer and Peter and his fellow students are off to Europe. There, Peter wants to tell MJ how he feels about her.

You’ve got action, you’ve got mystery, and you have a very cute high school romcom all rolled into one.

The film does an excellent job of using all of its cast. Other than a few students who don’t get much to do, even secondary characters get added depth. Flash Thompson has more added to his character out of two small moments than all of the previous Spider-Man films combined. That’s how smart the film is. We know more about him due to a text he sends and an interaction at the end and it all makes us understand his character. Those two moments are maybe 30 seconds combined and involve one sentence.

Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are the writers for the film and Jon Watts directs, just as they did for Spider-Man: Homecoming. They clearly get these characters and this world and nail it in every way. Throw money at them and keep them around for as long as possible.

Every actor shines too with Zendaya particularly coming out of her shell from the first film and Tom Holland really showing some depth in acting with emotional moments. Jacob Batalon, as Ned, is given so much more to do and is so entertaining with every line delivery. Martin Starr and J.B. Smoove delivering so much humor to moments. Jake Gyllenhaal feels like he’s just having so much fun with what he’s given. He chews the scenery in a great way. Everyone is amazing and shines. There are no weak parts.

The film’s greatest strength is in every small detail in the script and on the screen. It has a lot on its shoulders with so much to do and it succeeds. It wraps up the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe phase and sets up what’s next. Boy does it. It does the impossible at every turn and delivers a summer popcorn film with humor, depth, and heart. The film has it all and I can’t wait to see it again in the theater.

Overall Rating: 10

It was a Great Night at the Oscars for Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Black Panther

Black Panther can call itself an Oscar winning film… a multiple winning Oscar film.

Ruth Carter won for “Costume Design.” The film also won for “Production Design” with Hannah Beachler being honored for production design and Jay Hary being honored for set decoration. The film’s third win of the night was “Original Score” for Ludwig Goransson‘s work.

Black Panther tied with Roma and Green Book for the second most Oscar wins for the night tied. Bohemian Rhapsody won 4 times.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

It was a Marvel night with Sony‘s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse taking home best “Animated Feature Film” with Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller sharing the award.

But, Marvel didn’t win for everthing. Avengers: Infinity War lost to First Man for “Visual Effects.” Black Panther also lost out to Green Book for “Best Picture.”

Check out below for Tweets from the show including quotes from the winners.




Toy Fair 2019: Who You Gonna Call? This Transformers/Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Coming to Toys and Comics!

Autobots, Decepticons and ghosts?! Hasbro and Sony Pictures Consumer Products have revealed the first-ever Transformers-Ghostbusters Collaborative figure, the ECTO-1 Ectotron, available at GameStop summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at Hasbro Pulse, GameStop, and EB Games Canada. This year marks the 35th anniversary of both Transformers & the original Ghostbusters film.

When fans of the iconic Ecto-1 from the 1984 Ghostbusters movie look a little closer at this nostalgic interpretation of the car, they will be treated with a new “robot in disguise” named Ectotron, a converting Paranormal Investigator. The figure is packed in a G1-inspired box featuring classic tech specs and comes with its own proton pack and Slimer accessory, and converts between two modes in 22 steps – a seven inch Ecto-1 vehicle and a Transformers robot.

The Ghostbusters have a new, out of this world teammate and fans will be able to meet the all new Transformers character Ectotron in his epic origin story by IDW Publishing. A brand new 5-part series from creative team Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening begins in June 2019.

The ECTO-1 ECTOTRON figure is available at GameStop starting Summer of 2019 and for pre-order starting February 15 at Hasbro PulseGameStop and EB Games Canada.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Gets Two Teaser Trailers

Sony has released our first look at Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next Spider-Man film out July 5, 2019.

Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

Trailer

International Trailer

Celebrate Your Holidays with A Very Spidey Christmas

A Very Spidey Christmas

Just in time for the holiday season, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – A Very Spidey Christmas EP is available from Sony Music Masterworks. Voiced by cast members of the Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation critically-acclaimed hit feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the five-track EP reimagines classic holiday favorites with Spider-Man inspired lyrics.  

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the screenplay is by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman from a story by Phil Lord based on the Marvel Comics. The film is produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Christina Steinberg. Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis and Will Allegra serve as executive producers. The film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn with Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn and Liev Schreiber. 

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE – A VERY SPIDEY CHRISTMAS EPTRACKLIST:

  1. Joy to the World – Shameik Moore
  2. Spidey-Bells (A Hero’s Lament) – Chris Pine
  3. Deck the Halls – Jake Johnson
  4. Up on the House Top – Chris Pine
  5. The Night Before Christmas 1967 (Spoken Word) – Jorma Taccone
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