Sony is very happy with the surprise success of their sequel/reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. So happy, in fact, that they’re willing to put the release of the next Jumanji film up against a fierce competitor: Star Wars: Episode IX. The official Jumanji 3 release date has been set for one week before the next Star Wars.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
After much speculation from fans, Sony and Marvel finally confirmed in April that the new Spider-Man movie would be titled Spider-Man: Homecoming. But since then, we haven’t heard much more in the way of details about the new movie. Even as the cast continues to grow, we have precious few details about whom most of these actors will be playing or how they’ll all fit together in the new superhero adventure.
But we do finally know a little bit more about that title. Sony chairman Tom Rothman has explained exactly why Spider-Man: Homecoming is called Spider-Man: Homecoming, and it will probably not surprise you to learn that it’s a bit of a double entendre. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Sony’s first Spider-Man film series petered out after the disappointing Spider-Man 3, and their second ended after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was met with total indifference. But the property finally got the boost he needed when the studio struck a deal to bring the webslinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Spider-Man’s cameo was one of the most buzzed-about moments in Captain America: Civil War, and successfully drummed up excitement for his solo movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, due out next summer.
Naturally, Sony doesn’t plan to stop there. In a recent interview, studio chief Tom Rothman confirmed plans for an entire Spider-Man universe. And while he’s staying quiet about what exactly those plans might look like, a new rumor says a Silver Sable movie could be among them. Read More »
Following Amy Pascal stepping down as co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment (or being fired, as she said in one appearance) the studio has chosen a new head of its Motion Picture Group, and it will be Tom Rothman, formerly of Fox, and currently of TriStar Productions. Read More »
Briefly: Hugh Jackman is coming off a wave of good press for Les Miserables, has The Wolverine releasing this year, and is shooting Prisoners now before going on to work with Bryan Singer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
And now he’s got another starring project lined up, as Paramount has picked up the rights to bestselling author Harlan Coben‘s novel Six Years. The book is not yet published, but Paramount just grabbed the rights, and former Fox head Tom Rothman may produce with Mark Gordon.
Jackman would play Jake Fisher, “who watched the love of his life, Natalie, marry another man. Six years have passed when Jake comes across the other man’s obituary. He resolves to attend the funeral, hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie. But the mourning widow is not Natalie, throwing all of his past memories with the woman into question.”
No writer or director is set for the project at this point. The book hits shelves on March 19. [THR]
DreamWorks Studios has released an official press release announcing that former Fox chief Tom Rothman has signed on to produce Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse, while THR has learned that Anne Hathaway is in talks to join Chris Hemsworth in the futuristic adaptation.
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This is a big development for Fox. Tom Rothman, who once raised money for indie productions by the likes of Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch, founded Fox Searchlight in 1994, and has led Fox proper since 2000. As co-chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment he has been very hands-on with all the studio’s productions, especially the major tentpole releases. His heavy hand was infamous on the set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but in the past two years we’ve seen Fox turn around. Last summer the studio released X-Men First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, both films that worked as blockbuster entertainment and critical successes. But now Rothman is unexpectedly leaving the company. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012 by Angie Han
In this superhero-heavy edition of Sequel Bits:
- Tom Hiddleston talks about the relationship between Thor and Loki
- Iron Man 3 will be an “antidote” to The Avengers, says Kevin Feige
- The X-Men: First Class sequel is aiming for a late 2013 or mid-2014 release, and Jane Goldman is part of the writing team
- Fox CEO offers details on the father-son bond in A Good Day to Die Hard
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The question about actors qualifying for Oscar when performing under layers of makeup and prosthetics goes back years. The conversation has intensified in recent years with the rise of motion-capture technology, and since Andy Serkis helped incarnate Gollum in The Lord of the Rings there has been a push to give Academy recognition to actors, specifically Serkis, who aren’t directly seen on screen.
Serkis’ work in this summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a crucial part of that film’s best character, the ape Caesar. Since the film’s release the level of chatter about Oscar recognition for mo-cap work has definitely risen. And now Tom Rothman, the co-chairman and CEO of Fox, says that he will push for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Serkis. Read More »
Tom Rothman, co-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment, appeared on Jim Rome this morning to announce the future of the Die Hard franchise. Apparently Rome is a huge fan of the Die Hard series and somehow scored the exclusive. Details can be found after the jump.
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