Disney Executive Fears Taika Waititis Nazi Satire Jojo Rabbit Is Too Edgy For Studio Image — Report

Published on 13 Aug 1919
movie news Disney Executive Fears Taika Waititis Nazi Satire Jojo Rabbit Is Too Edgy For Studio Image — Report

Disney’s first quarter with 20th Century Fox was hardly a success, as major box office flops like “Dark Phoenix” lost the company $170 million. A new report from Variety, entitled “Fox Feels the Pressure From Disney As Film Flops Mount,” reveals how Disney is moving ahead on the Fox film projects it acquired after the $71.3 billion deal. The merger means Disney now owns and releases films from indie powerhouse Fox Searchlight Pictures. First out of the gate this fall from the 25-year-old indie studio is Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit.” The Nazi Germany-set comedy-drama is billed as an “anti-hate satire” and features Waititi playing an imaginary version of Adolf Hitler, hardly the content associated with Disney’s family-friendly brand.

According to Variety, the Nazi subject matter at the heart of “Jojo Rabbit” is worrying some Disney executives. Variety’s report reads: “The scathing takedown of Nazism may, however, prove a little too edgy for Disney brass accustomed to producing movies suitable for parents and kids. Searchlight has started to screen the film for its new parent company. Halfway through one recent viewing one executive grew audibly uncomfortable, worrying aloud that the material would alienate Disney fans.”

Disney and Waititi have a great relationship after the New Zealand filmmaker worked on the Marvel Cinematic Universe entry “Thor: Ragnarok,” which grossed $854 million worldwide. Waititi was clearly a beloved figure by Disney as Marvel announced at Comic-Con the director would return to helm the November 2021 sequel “Thor: Love and Thunder.” “Jojo Rabbit” was developed and produced at Fox Searchlight before the Disney merger and is now one of the titles Disney is releasing this fall.

One reason Waititi’s Nazi satire might ease Disney executives’ fears is that it’s a major awards hopeful. “Jojo Rabbit” will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, a launching pad for Oscar films, and is one of Fox Searchlight’s potential fall awards contenders alongside “Lucy in the Sky” and “A Hidden Life.” Searchlight has a long history of dominating the Oscars, winning Best Picture for “The Shape of Water” in 2018 and scoring 10 Oscar nominations for “The Favourite” earlier this year. Acquiring Fox Searchlight has given Disney a big break into Oscar season. Should “Jojo Rabbit” deliver with Oscar voters, the subject matter might be easier for the Mouse House to swallow. More importantly, a “Jojo Rabbit” success will prove to Disney that edgy, left-of-center concepts are still profitable on the indie level.

“Jojo Rabbit” opens in theaters nationwide October 18.

Source: Indiewire

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Published 3 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
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After Disney and Sony talks have apparently broken down over the rights and usage of the Spider-Man property, Spider-Man might be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony has officially come forward to respond to the whole mess.

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.

It was announced earlier today that a deal between Disney and Sony to keep Spider-Man at Marvel Studios had come to a standstill. It sounded like Tom Holland's Peter Parker would no longer be a part of the MCU. Some were holding out hope that things could get worked out. But it appears that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige will no longer be a producer on any upcoming Spider-Man projects. Sony has officially gone public, responding to the stand-off between their company and Disney to keep the web-slinger in the Marvel Studios family.

Sony's public response was rare for the Studio, but many Marvel fans had started to boycott the company shortly after the news of Kevin Feige's departure was announced. Though that news came prematurely. In the statement, Sony clarifies that they are disappointed with the way things have turned out. And they place the blame squarely on Disney for pulling Feige away from the next Spider-Man sequel.

Sony made sure to praise Kevin Feige, who was noted earlier as helping Sony on some of its other Marvel movies not directly tied to the MCU such as the Venom movies and the upcoming Morbius The Living Vampire, though Feige has gone uncredited.

Related: Spider-Man: Far from Home Is Sony's Biggest Box Office Hit of All Time

The conceit is that with Kevin Feige gone as a producer on Spider-Man, Peter Parker is no longer a part of the MCU, with future movies taking place outside of that universe. We're not sure exactly how that will work. And it's sure to come as a disappointment to Tom Holland, who was planning a long stay with Marvel Studios.

The standoff between Sony and Disney is said to have come from Disney's insistence that they be financed on a 50/50 basis when it came to the movies. Sony allegedly wanted to keep things under their current terms, which had Marvel Studios only getting 5% of the first-dollar gross, though they got all merchandising revenues. The concern became that Kevin Feige was being 'spread to thin', especially with all the shows Disney+ is about to launch that are tied directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Back in 2015, Marvel and Sony, working with Disney, struck a deal that aloud the two studios to share the Spider-Man rights. This led to Tom Holland debuting as Peter Parker in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. He has appeared in two standalone movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as the MCU sequels Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Sony distributed the solo movies, while Disney handled the group efforts.

It is believed that Sony has two more standalone Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland in the works. They have not been officially announced. Marvel Phase 4 was announced at Comic-Con and did not include anything Spider-Man related. You can read the Sony Tweets below.

Source: Movieweb

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Published 6 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
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Disney and Sony Pictures have failed to reach new terms that would have given the former a 50/50 co-financing stake going forward, which means that the web slinger will no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe MCU, according to Deadline.

On the last two Spider-Man movies, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Disney took a smaller percentage of profits from each roughly 5% of first dollar gross, in exchange for Sony allowing Marvel to use the character in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” It was likely inevitable that Disney would want to renegotiate the agreement in favor of a more equitable deal between the two major studios on future Spidey movies.

According to the Deadline report, Disney’s offer for a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios, which might extend to other films in the Spider-Man universe, wasn’t even met by a counter from Sony, suggesting that the latter isn’t currently interesting in even entertaining a renegotiation of the current agreement.

Clearly, as Sony begins building its own Spider-Man expanded universe, with box office hits in “Venom” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” both with sequels on the way, the studio just simply does not want to share profits from its most important franchise. It also has a Morbius film with Jared Leto, as well as Kraven the Hunter, and another spinoff with the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat.

This news comes after “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which is being re-released in a few weeks, became Sony's highest-grossing film of all time. And with two more Spider-Man films in development with both director Jon Watts and star Tom Holland attached, it means that Marvel chief Kevin Feige will not be involved as lead creative producer, unless some kind of deal is reached. But with neither studio seemingly willing to budge, it appears unlikely to happen.

Although, in response to a request for comment from Sony, the studio, reticent about speaking in detail on the matter, told IndieWire simply: “Kevin [Feige] always had a hand in the movies he didn't have a producer credit on – ‘Venom,’ etc. This comes down to producer credit only and our understanding is negotiations are ongoing.”

But should an MCU that now includes the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool franchises, indeed continue forward minus Spider-Man, that scenario would certainly be disappointing for fans of the MCU. Especially if, even if it was just for a short while, all of Marvel's heroes were under the same roof.

Post Fox deal, Feige certainly has his hands full with existing properties, especially as Disney+ launches in the fall, but gaining control of one of the most popular superhero characters of all time, would have been a coup.

But Sony clearly believes it doesn’t need Marvel, but time will certainly tell.

Source: Indiewire

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Published 8 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
movie news Disney Executive Fears Taika Waititis Nazi Satire Jojo Rabbit Is Too Edgy For Studio Image — Report

The internet has been set ablaze by the news that Sony Pictures and Disney are reportedly parting ways on future Spider-Man movies. This has led the hashtag #BoycottSony to begin trending on social media, as many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are not at all pleased, should this news prove to be true. But there are many layers to the situation, which is becoming seemingly more complex by the minute.

First, here's what happened. A report indicated that Sony, who still owns the rights to Spider-Man and his rogues gallery of characters, couldn't reach financial terms with Disney and Marvel Studios on further sequels to Spider-Man: Far From Home. As such, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is said to no longer be creatively involved in the future Spider-Man movies and Sony would press forward with two solo sequels on their own, with Jon Watts attached to direct and Tom Holland set to reprise his role.

However, the implication is that Spider-Man could no longer be connected to the MCU. That means that Peter Parker can't appear in any future MCU movies following Avengers: Endgame, nor can the inevitable Spider-Man 3 have any real ties to the MCU. That makes things extremely complicated for both sides. Given the popularity of the MCU up to this point, and the love fans have for Tom Holland's version of the webslinger, certain fans started to voice their distaste using the #BoycottSony hashtag, and it really took off.

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It's well worth mentioning that some conflicting reports are floating around right now. Several reports say that Sony and Disney could still reach a deal, and that part of the issue has boiled down to producer credits. The consensus seems to be that Disney wanted a bigger slice of the pie. The studio is said to have offered Sony terms with a 50/50 co-financing deal on future installments of the franchise. As of right now, Marvel Studios produces the solo movies, but only ends up sharing about 5 percent of the profits. Sony didn't agree to those terms and that has led to a stalemate.

Sony ultimately failed with The Amazing Spider-Man reboot, led by Andrew Garfield, which led to the deal with Marvel Studios in 2015. Since then, not only have Spider-Man: Far From Home and Homecoming been huge hits, but the movies Tom Holland appeared in alongside his fellow heroes, Captain America: Civil War, Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, have been monumentally successful. Meanwhile, Sony has had luck flying solo on the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the spin-off Venom. For both sides, it's easy to see where they stand, but it could come at a big cost for fans who want to see this creative partnership continue. Be sure to check out the tweets we've collected below. News of the split between Sony and Disney was first reported by Deadline.

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Published 10 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
movie news Disney Executive Fears Taika Waititis Nazi Satire Jojo Rabbit Is Too Edgy For Studio Image — Report

Now that the news has been confirmed, everyone is trying to come to terms with the news that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movies may no longer be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. That’s because, per Deadline‘s original report and The Hollywood Reporter‘s subsequent confirmation, the carefully negotiated deal between Marvel Studios and Sony is no more. The former’s parent company, Disney, wanted a bigger share of the successful franchise’s box office profits and the latter said no.

On the one hand, that’s what Marvel gets for selling off so many licensing deals for its catalog of characters several decades ago. On the other hand, the MCU already contained an increasing weh of characters and stories before Peter Parker’s arrival in Captain America: Civil War, and thanks to Disney’s recent Fox acquisition, it’s likely going to include even more from the annals of the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties. But don’t try explaining the ins and outs of these matters to the Marvel stans on Twitter, because they are impressively unhappy right now.

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Published 11 hour ago on 21 Aug 1919
movie news Disney Executive Fears Taika Waititis Nazi Satire Jojo Rabbit Is Too Edgy For Studio Image — Report

UPDATE: Hollywood Reporter has confirmed a report that Sony and Marvel Studios' preexisting Spider-Man licensing deal fell apart, which will almost certainly take Tom Holland's Peter Parker out of the MCU. See our original post below. &mdash&ndash Between trying to figure out how to insert Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and overcoming Dark Phoenix&lsquos pry box office performance, Kevin Feige's Marvel Studios has its hands full. After all, the independent film studio turned Disney affiliate turned X-Men and Fantastic Four license owner doesn't really have too much free time these days. According to a new report from Deadline, however, Feige's schedule has probably been even more hectic than previously imagined.

That's because, per Deadline's sources, the carefully orchestrated deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures that allowed for the creation and use of Tom Holland's Spider-Man franchise within the confines of the MCU is now no more. “A dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige, and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe,“ reads the report:

Sources said there are two more Spider-Man films in the works that are meant to have director Jon Watts and Tom Holland front and center. Unless something dramatic happens, Feige won't be the lead creative producer of those pictures.

So, what's the problem? It's money, obviously, and judging by how phenomenally well Spider-Man: Far From Home has done at the global box office, the precise problem is just how much more there is to be gained from the character. The original deal had a majority of Far From Home and Homecoming&lsquos profits going straight to Sony, while Marvel Studios took only five percent off the first dollar gross. According to the report, though, negotiations fell through when Disney asked to change that figure to a 50/50 split.

Of course, this doesn't mean that Holland's Spider-Man is no more. As previously stated, both he and director Jon Watts are still committed to two more films in Sony's latest iteration of the franchise. When it comes to seeing the always-spritely Peter Parker pop up in the next big MCU adventure, however&hellip it seems there's no guarantee.

Via Deadline

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