Before thenews about Spider-Manbroke, this writer thought for sure that the top story of the week was going to be this revelation about the future of Star Wars. In addition to the Star Wars movies that have actually been released since Disney acquired Lucasfilm, there are nearly as many projects that have been rumored or are still in development for the future, past 2020. We're thinking, for example, of the now apparently cancelled “Star Wars Story” movies for Boba Fett, Obi-Wan, and Yoda, and the projects from both director Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. As far as we currently know, the first movie from Benioff and Weiss is still scheduled for December 16, 2022 with two more to follow in 2024 and 2026. It was announced this week, however, that what appears to be another Star Wars project is being developed by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. No other details have been revealed, except that there is reportedly a “major actor” that Feige hopes to attract. Considering it was reported earlier this year that Feige had been talking to Keanu Reeves about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Reeves is now everyone's top guess as to who Feige is courting. Other names included in this piece by The Hollywood Reporter include previous Marvel stars Hugh Jackman and Michael B. Jordan, current Captain Marvel star Brie Larson, former Dark Knight star Christian Bale, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who has mostly avoided starring in “franchise” movies.
Sometimes a given star or director will have more than one big story in the same week. That's what happened this week for Ryan Reynolds , who we last saw on the big screen in Pokémon Detective Pikachu Fresh at 68%, back in May. Let's start with a movie we already knew about, namely the reboot of Clue, based on the popular board game. Cluecame out in 1985, and though it currently has a Rotten Tomatometer score of 59%, its legacy suggests fans feel otherwise. Jason Bateman is now in early talks with Fox and Disney to direct and star in the Clue reboot, along with Ryan Reynolds, who is also producing and expected to star. Bateman and Reynolds previously costarred together in 2011's The Change-Up Rotten at 25%.
Not only did we get news about two movies starring Ryan Reynolds this week, but they're both basically remakes/reboots. Unlike Clue, however, the other reboot is something that has been adapted dozens of times in film and television. Reynolds is teaming up with Will Ferrell to star in a new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. So far, none of the stories about this new project specify which roles Reynolds and Ferrell will be playing, although this writer is going to speculate that Ferrell might be playing Ebenezer Scrooge, and Reynolds might be playing his unlucky and much put-upon employee, Bob Cratchit. The roles could be going the other way, as well. Musical adaptations of A Christmas Carol in the past have included the 1970 film Scrooge starring Albert Finney and 1992's The Muppet Christmas Carol, among others.
Although Marvel Studios retains the film rights to most of their characters, Sony Pictures retains the feature film rights to over 900 Marvel characters who are directly connected to Spider-Man. That number might seem outrageously high, but one has to remember exactly how many Spider-Man comics there have been since the early 1960s, especially since, for decades now, there have been multiple Spider-Man comics running concurrently. That being so, not all of the Spider-Man supporting characters and villains are necessarily well-known, even to most comic book fans. Case in point: Madame Webis one of those lesser-known characters, but that is indeed the latest title that Sony Pictures is now developing with the writers of next year's Spider-Man spinoff vampire movie Morbius 7/31/2020. What remains unclear is which Madame Web this movie will actually be about, as that name has been used by two very different characters in the comics: the elderly blind psychic Cassandra Webb and the much younger superhero formerly known as Spider-Woman II, Julia Carpenter.
The argument can be made that one of the casualties of the immense popularity of the Star Wars action figures in the late 1970s and early 1980s was the Micronauts toy line, which had just started to take off in 1977 and 1978. The Micronauts toys were relatively innovative in that they allowed for mix-and-match play you could attach the wheels of one Micronaut to the body of another. However, what Micronauts is best known for today is for inspiring a long-running Marvel Comics series in which the tiny heroes from the “Microverse” ended up coming to our larger Earth. Paramount Pictures, the studio which has in the past given us movies based on other Hasbro toy lines like Transformers and G.I. Joe, has scheduled Micronauts for release on June 4, 2021, but until this week, we didn't know who might directit. That job is going toDean DeBlois, who has spent much of the last decade writing and directing the various movies in the animated How to Train Your Dragon franchise. Micronauts remains scheduled for June 4, 2021, which is the same week as the Sesame Street musical film starring Anne Hathaway, and the week before Jurassic World 3.
9. REMAKE FRENZY CONTINUES TO REVISIT THE 1990S WITH NEW JACK CITY
Hollywood has been hooked on revisiting its past for decades now, withmost reboots and remakes usually centered about20 or 30 years in the past at any given point. We're just now starting to see the focus move on from the 1980sto the 1990s, and the expectation is that the 1990s will continue to be revisited for most of the 2020s. The latest such remake to be announced willtake audiences back to1991's New Jack City Fresh at 77%, which was part of a wave of early 1990s “urban crime dramas,” featuring such future stars as Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, and Chris Rock. Warner Bros. has started development of the New Jack City remake by hiring actor and filmmaker Malcolm M. Mays Snowfall to start work on the screenplay. New Jack City was very much about the then-topical crack cocaine epidemic, but it's not yet known if the remake will remainin the early 1990s as a “period film,” or if the settingwill be updated.
EXCLUSIVE: With Sony and Disney/Marvel having agreed to co-financing terms on the third Spider-Man Homecoming movie today, it should come as no surprise to hear that Jon Watts is in talks to return to the $2 billion-grossing franchise he directed. This is great news for fans of the series as it means continuity.
The hope we hear from sources is that Watts’ deal will be wrapped very soon. Essentially, Sony and Disney/Marvel sought to hammer out their co-financing agreement on the third Spidey pic first, before turning their attention to re-upping Watts.
At the time the Sony-Disney battle went down last month, Watts didn’t have a deal for the next Spider-Man picture and he wasn’t a lock to return.
Kevin Feige has a knack for choosing innovative voices in independent cinema to steer his Marvel movies. Watts was chosen off his 2015 Kevin Bacon movie Cop Car which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. He delivered a fun, boyish spirit to the third reiteration of Spider-Man, which the previous reboot by Sony lacked in its gloomy tone. Watt’s Spider-Man: Homecoming delivered an $880M worldwide gross to Sony, while this past July’s Spider-Man: Far From Home was the Culver City lot’s highest grossing pic ever with $1.13 billion WW. The first Homecoming is estimated to have profited $200M after all ancillaries.
Watts is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman.
As reported this morning, after months of negotiations, Disney will fund 25% of the third Spider-Man: Homecoming for a 25% equity stake, while Sony continues to get a distribution fee. The Tom Holland Spider-Man character will then be seen in another Disney/Marvel movie.
Tom Holland is reacting to the news that his Spider-Man character will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe by letting Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” do all the talking. The 23-year-old actor uploaded a famous scene from Scorsese’s 2013 black comedy in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort addresses his employees and passionately screams he won’t be leaving the company. Referencing DiCaprio’s epic “Wall Street” rant makes it clear just how excited Holland is to be returning to the MCU.
Disney and Sony jointly announced September 27 they reached a new deal to share Holland’s Spider-Man. The character will appear in a third movie set in the MCU following “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” The latter tentpole was released over the summer and earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.
News of another Holland-starring “Spider-Man” movie in the MCU is a welcome relief to fans who were worried about what would happen to the character under the sole ownership of Sony. Holland’s character has become a breakout favorite under the development of Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. Sony and Disney announced in late August it had failed to reach new terms for sharing the Spider-Man character, thus removing Holland’s superhero from the MCU in the future. The new deal brings the character back for a third standalone movie and one other MCU movie start speculating now, fans.
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Holland remained optimistic following the initial news of the Disney-Sony split, telling GQ Style, “I'm not shy about expressing how incredible the last five years have been with Marvel. I've truly had the time of my life, and in so many respects, they have made my dreams come true as an actor. Sony has also been really good to me, and the global success of 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' is a real testament to their support, skill, and commitment. The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony's safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I've made friends for life along the way.”
Sony and Disney have set a July 21, 2021 release date for the next “Spider-Man” movie.
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Tom Holland and his legions of Spider fans have a connection that seems unique in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is probably because it appears that Holland loves his character and the movies he gets to act in as much as the people shelling out to see them. It was fitting, then, that Holland was just as crestfallen as Spider-Man stans when it appeared his time in the MCU was over, but Friday's surprise news that a third Spider-Man movie produced by Kevin Feige in conjunction with Sony is, indeed, on the way kicked off a celebration for fans and the actors involved in the movies.
But the best reaction, unsurprisingly, was from Holland himself. The Far From Home actor posted on Instagram on Friday, shortly after the news broke that Sony and Marvel had brokered arachnid peace in these trying times. The message lacked any text, but movie fans knew what the deal was. With a winky emoji and nothing more, Holland posted a profanity-filled clip from an iconic scene in Leonardo DiCaprio's The Wolf Of Wall Street.
If you haven't seen the movie, some context is important: DiCaprio's character was supposed to leave the company he started but, at the last minute, he announced he was changing his mind. In Holland's case with Spider-Man, it was really out of his hands — the previous thought he was out of the MCU was because of a fight between Disney's Marvel and Sony Pictures, not anything Holland himself could decide.
For DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort, the decision was a foolish burst of hubris that ultimately sent him to jail and made the movie itself ring as less of an outright endorsement of being a predatory capitalist for the sake of greed. But that's probably not the message Holland is trying to send here. He's just excited Spider-Man is back and, like everyone else in the clip, fans are just as thrilled it's happening as well.
Well, it looks like Kevin Feige and Sony have settled their Spider-differences after all! This surprising news arrives five weeks after Marvel Studios and Sony parted ways on Tom Holland’s web slinger with the latter studio removing Peter Parker from the MCU. Both sides later insisted that, sadly, this was really happening, and the split probably couldn’t be remedied anytime soon. Days later, the dust-up loomed large over the D23 Expo including a Holland appearance to promote a Pixar movie, but now, everything’s alright, and Spidey can exist in both Disney and Sony movies again? Guess so.
Sony and Disney jointly announced on Friday that Marvel Studios and Feige are back on board for producing duties on a third film set for a July 2021 release in the Spider-Man: Homecoming saga. As part of the deal, Holland’s Peter Parker will also swing through a future separate MCU installment. Via Variety:
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audience around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony conotinues to develop their own Spidey-verse, you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
There’s currently no word on exactly which future MCU film that Parker will appear within it’s probably too late to squeeze him into Black Widow to annoy Natasha Romanoff, right?, but those production wheels will surely be turning soon. Meanwhile, a ton of Spider-Man spinoffs including Morbius starring Jared Leto, a Venom sequel, a Madame Web film, and an all-female ensemble movie and will still be coming from Sony. Too much Spidey? Maybe not enough.
The currently unnamed third Spider-Man: Homecoming movie starring Tom Holland will arrive on July 16, 2021.
Spider-Man fans’ short nightmare is over. Tom Holland’s superhero character will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe following a split earlier this year between Disney and Sony that removed the character from future Marvel films. Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios have jointly announced that a fourth movie featuring Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man” has been set for July 16, 2021. The announcements Disney and Sony have reached a new deal to share the character. The specifics of the deal are under wraps for now.
“I am thrilled that Spidey's journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in a statement via Deadline. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
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Producer Amy Pascal added, “This is terrific. Peter Parker's story took a dramatic turn in Far From Home and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes. This has been a winning partnership for the studios, the franchise and the fans and I'm overjoyed it will continue.”
News broke in August that Sony and Disney had failed to agree on new terms to share the Spider-Man character, effectively removing Tom Holland’s superhero from the MCU moving forward. Sony and Disney’s original agreement began with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and continued with this summer’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” which earned over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Outside of “Spider-Man” movies, Holland’s character was allowed to appear in MCU team-up films like “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame.”
The Sony-Disney split news shocked the industry at the time and led many comic book movie fans to wonder if Holland’s Spider-Man could have continued success without the involvement of Marvel studios and Kevin Feige. “Avengers: Endgame” co-director Joe Russo made headlines earlier this month for saying the split was a “tragic mistake.”