DISNEY WANTS ALL THE FILM RIGHTS?
When the announcement was first made last summer that Walt Disney Company was acquiring Marvel Entertainment, President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger made sure that everyone knew Disney was not invading Marvel’s already existing commitments. A few of those were of Sony/Columbia’s film rights of Spider-Man, 20th Century Fox’s rights to X-Men, Daredevil, and Fantastic Four, among others. The most recent was Marvel Studios’ distribution deal with Paramount Pictures, one that helped release Iron Man, the upcoming sequel, and others such as Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers. Following the expiration of these deals, Disney would take it all back under its wing. That might no longer be the case.
In recent reports from ComicBookMovie.com, it sounds like Iger might be looking to have Disney take all the rights of every Marvel film franchise under Mickey’s umbrella. It will definitely be a very long process if this is really the case. Nothing points to Disney wanting to meddle in the creative process, but more on the business end of things. Certainly, many feel this is Disney slowly creeping in to take over Marvel, while others understand that if someone purchases a company for 4 billion dollars, they want to reap the rewards from their investment. More to certainly come from this story.
PATRICK STEWART MAYBE DONE AS PROFESSOR X?
In a recent Star Trek convention in Australia, OzTrek, Patrick Stewart spoke on his role as Charles Xavier from the box office smash franchise, X-Men. Since 2000, Stewart has played the mutant hero group’s leader in 4 films, three of them the X-Men trilogy, and the Wolverine solo this past year. If we take Stewart’s word for it, as reported at TrekMovie.com, he might not be reprising the role when “X-Men: First Class” comes along. Although the film will welcome back director Bryan Singer, it might be saying good-bye to one of their chief actors. With the franchise going back in time to the origins of the X-Men, they will definitely look to hire younger actors to play the characters. Unfortunately, the special effects used in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to make Stewart look younger would probably not be enough to make the now 69 year old actor look much younger than he did in the 2000 film.
Today, Marvel Animation and Lions Gate released their latest direct-to-DVD animated feature “Planet Hulk”. Fans in Montreal can pick up their single disc, special edition, or blu-ray copy at locations such as HMV and Metro Video.
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