Stan Lee Media, Inc. (which isn’t really related to Stan Lee himself, since the company filed for bankruptcy back in 2001), is swinging for the fences. The company filed a $5.5 BILLION lawsuit against Disney, claiming that Disney does not actually own the rights to Stan Lee’s creations, and therefore want all the profits from the massive movie hits that Marvel, and now Disney since they acquired Marvel in 2009, plus a declaration of full control over the characters. This directly affects the Spider-Man, Iron Man and X-Men franchises, and several characters in The Avengers.
This appears to be a continuation of lawsuits that started back in 2007. SLMI claims that when the company was formed, Stan Lee assigned all rights to his characters to the company. But later on, Lee assigned the rights to Marvel, the company he originally created and published all those characters. It all hinges on what Lee actually gave to SLMI – was SLMI created to work on new properties, or to administer the old ones?
Sony/Columbia’s reboot of the Marvel Franchise The Amazing Spider-Man appears to have been a good play, with the superhero movie taking in $21M on Friday and is looking at a $65M weekend, and since it opened strongly on Tuesday before the holiday it likely going to top $140M total through Sunday.
Meanwhile, Disney/Pixar’s Brave, in it’s third weekend of release, is looking at a $24M weekend, taking third behind Universal’s R-rated Ted ($36M). Although from my ears buzz on Brave has been light, it’s a cute fantasy mother/daughter story but with enough elements to interest the boys as well.
Check out the second official trailer for Sony’s upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Denis Leary. I’m still amazed at all the different looks Ifans gives his characters…can’t wait to see his take on the Lizard…
On Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s instant chemistry:
“We screen tested them together, and she’s very funny and really quick and snappy. I remember the first time we screen tested them — I don’t think they’d met before, really — and he took a minute for him to get back up to speed with her because she was so funny. And then they really brought out really great parts of the other’s performance. Of course, it was there, and that’s why we cast that dynamic. It was really great to watch it on screen.”
Check it out…the official trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 3D!
This May an all new ride at Universal Studios Hollywood will open up: Transformers: The Ride 3D, a 3D attraction themed around the Transformers movie franchise and even director Michael Bay collaborated on the original version that opened in Universal Studios Singapore.
For those that watched the Super Bowl, and stayed watching during the commercials, caught an interesting ad, that looked an awful lot like a live broadcast…
Apparently it’s been far too long since the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark has been mentioned as having troubles…now former director Julie Tamor is filing suit against the producers for using the stuff she developed without paying her. Apparently she believes she is due royalties from the production, but has yet to receive anything.
The troubled Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may stay in the dark for a few more months, as anonymous sources report an approximately three month delay in the opening – which is currently scheduled for next Tuesday. This could partly be to find a new director, as it was earlier reported that producers have been in talks with Julie Taymor about leaving the production.
The production has been plagued by problems due to the high-risk stunts and equipment issues, with several actors receiving serious injuries.
Updated 3/10: Looks like Taymor is out as director, but will still be involved, after the producers officially announced the delay to allow the time necessary to execute the plan, which will include revisions to the script,” according to the statement. The official opening date was not given, just “early summer”.
Here is a neat article from Moviefone that shows some screen tests for some famous roles – some of which got the part (Henry Thomas had the role of E.T. before it was over), a couple who didn’t (I’ve mentioned before that Han Solo could have been played by Kurt Russell instead of Harrison Ford).
Sony has its Peter Parker for the reboot of their Spider-Man franchise – Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) has been named for the role after having been named to a short list a month ago. Production is expected to start in December, with the film set to be released 2 years from today on July 3rd, 2012.