Thursday, December 11, 2014

Bits Journal #35


Since Sony Pictures has been hacked, a lot of fans were able to catch up on what the studio has been up to with our friendly neighborhood webslinger...

Up until recently, we rolled our eyes at the reports going around: Sinister Six supposedly being a soft reboot where Spidey teams up with the titular villain team to fight a greater evil, reports of team-up movies featuring characters that weren't even properly introduced in the Amazing Spider-Man film series (a barely-even-shown Black Cat teaming up with female characters from the Spidey comics that weren't ever introduced on film before), and also troubling reports that Sony wanted to do a solo movie about Aunt May... Yeah, stuff that made us all yell, "Just give it back to Marvel!"

But Sony Pictures needs Spider-Man, as it's their most lucrative film franchise. I wouldn't mind Sony having to hang onto Spidey, but their treatment of the character has been so bad lately - unlike Fox and X-Men these days. Marvel Studios doesn't really need Spidey either, as their massive Phase 3 slate is all figured out and it's still strong without him.

Anyways, the leaks showed that Sony is/has been developing an animated comedy based on the character, to be produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Now I would say yes to this because Spider-Man would work perfectly in animation, and the Lord-Miller duo can pretty much do anything, but at the same time I don't want another Spider-Man film from Sony Pictures. It's clear that the films are overseen by people who don't give two craps about the character, have a weird need to interfere with the filmmakers when it comes to this character, and from what I've seen, Sony needs new blood. Badly.

Also, the rumored talks? Oh those fell through, because Sony said the only way they'd collaborate with Marvel Studios is if they had complete creative control over any MCU Spider-Man films. I bet Mr. Feige was thrilled about it... Marvel also reportedly wanted Spider-Man for 2016's Captain America: Civil War, if that were really happening, the Internet would simply be broken again.

Rumors are now suggesting that the folks at Sony Japan are not pleased with Sony Pictures' handling of Spider-Man, and if the best happens, they'll be instrumental in getting Spider-Man into the right hands, without Sony Pictures execs mucking things up. But take those particular rumors with a grain of salt, because we can't set ourselves up for disappointment again.

But something is going to go down soon, and I can only imagine where the red-and-blue suited superhero will end up...

My hope is that Sony Pictures will undergo a big corporate shake-up (with heads like Avi Arad, Tom Rothman and several others getting the boot), and the new guard will be rather hands-off. Drew Goddard will develop a reboot of Spidey for a 2019 release (because, they have 5 years to get cracking on a Spidey movie), so it isn't too, too soon... But this Spidey reboot will fit into the MCU, might even be about Miles Morales rather than Peter Parker (remember, Avi Arad made it clear that Peter Parker is the only Spider-Man. FACT!), Sony will collect the box office revenue while Marvel Studios makes the film.

That's probably an overly-optimistic prediction, but if we get another hacked up Frankenstein concoction in the next few years, Sony will be in even bigger trouble...


The trailer for the French animated film The Little Prince (based on the classic story) is finally here. A little recap: It was announced a while back that Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne was going to helm a computer animated take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 1943 novella. Then we heard it would be released in France on October 7, 2015, the film still doesn't have a US release date... But it seems like Paramount Vantage will be releasing it here, since the film's logo was shown at the Licensing Expo earlier this year...


The film does look impressive, and I like that a chunk of it will be done in stop-motion, which I think gives it a surreal edge. The main look of the film itself is alright, but more importantly, this trailer makes the film look like it will be a quiet, heartfelt story rather than a loud, busy one. I'm not overly familiar with the original story, but I assume the film is going to be more faithful to the classic.

I just hope it gets released here in some way... But not a limited release, it should go wide. Paramount Animation is making their big breakthrough next year with the second SpongeBob movie and Monster Trucks, they should release this film under that banner if you ask me. I mean c'mon, in 2011 Paramount gave Rango and The Adventures of Tintin wide releases before deciding to form their own animation studio.

Speaking of Kung Fu Panda...


DreamWorks finally made some decisions regarding their current release slate!

Kung Fu Panda 3 has finally been moved out of that awful 12/23/2015 release date, far away from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

As you might have guessed, it has returned to the 3/18/2016 slot it once occupied. Now this will raise another question... How will it fare against a certain tentpole opening the weekend after it? The film in question? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice...

But here's the thing. The Bruce Wayne/Kal-El epic opens after Kung Fu Panda 3, initially this film was supposed to open after The Force Awakens, which I think would've hurt it badly. All we need is for the picture to open well, that way when the legs kick in, it'll be all set. Kung Fu Panda 2 opened with $47 million back in May 2011, going up against The Hangover Part II, which I firmly believe sucked away a lot of teen and adult moviegoers, leaving families and moviegoers who don't care for The Hangover...

But this isn't opening against anything major. No comedy sequels like Hangover II or 22 Jump Street, but rather the third Divergent movie... But I currently don't see that as a threat, unless for some reason, the second Divergent gets a New Moon-sized bump on its opening weekend next year. But I don't see that happening, plus Divergent's audience doesn't seem to be as big as Hunger Games'... Okay, maybe this is not the best release date in the world, but the good thing is, it's not opening against a titan like The Force Awakens...

So where will Boss Baby, the DreamWorks film previously scheduled for 3/18/2016, go? Will it push Trolls out of fall 2016? Or will it be pushed back a year or two? Where's B.O.O. going to go?

I assume we'll find out soon. I reckon DreamWorks will move more movies in the coming hours...

1 comment:

  1. Whoever hacked Sony like that, I hope they string him up and put him/her on death row.

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