The departure of Sony's co-chairman and head of its motion picture division Amy Pascal has left the future of several of her ongoing film franchises up in the air. Most importantly for comic fans, this also includes the embattled Spider-Man franchise. According to Variety, Pascal's successor has yet to be chosen, and that decision could be the key factor in how the Spider-Man franchise moves forward. As Variety states, Amazing Spider-Man 2 was only a modest success, falling far short of the billion dollar mark Pascal predicted.
The last official word on the future of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise saw the announcement of a Sinister Six film to be released in 2016, pushing Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to a 2018 release. Of course, the recent Sony e-mail leak - a leak which possibly led to Pascal's resignation - revealed that Sony has also been in talks with Marvel Studios to license Spider-Man back to Marvel, possibly for Captain America: Civil War, or Avengers: Infinity War. Could Pascal's departure signal a shift in the dynamics of that negotiation?
It will likely be up to whomever takes on Pascal's role to decide -- and could be a key component of a pitch for everyone vying for that treasured role in the film business.
Is Marvel Recruiting Angeline Jolie -- but not as an actor?
Rumors have been a part of the comic business for a while now, but they've been going even longer in the world of Hollywood celebrities. Gossip magazine OK Magazine (via CNet) says that Marvel is courting Angelina Jolie to direct its first in-house female superhero film, Captain Marvel. The movie was already announced with a July 6, 2018 release date, and Jolie was reportedly asked to direct based on an unnamed Marvel executive liking her sophmore directing effort, Unbroken.
This wouldn't be Jolie's first time crossing paths with a comic book adaptation -- in 2008 she starred in Wanted based on the comic series by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones. And her role in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, as an eye-patch wearing military officer with a floating fortress, was heavily reminscient of another Marvel hero, Nick Fury.
Report: Six Actresses Vying for Role In DEADPOOL
Marvel's Merc with a Mouth has been known as many things, but ladies man isn't usually one of them. Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox has signed "test deals" with six different actresses it's considering for a lead role opposite Ryan Reynolds in 2016's Deadpool movie. Sarah Greene, Jessica De Gouw, Morena Baccarin, Taylor Schilling, Crystal Reed and Rebecca Rittenhouse are reportedly in consideration for the role, with filming set to begin in March.
THOR Director Wants More With Marvel
We've seen Thor lose his hammer only to gain it again -- can a director do the same? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actor/director Kenneth Branagh said he'd be "delighted" to direct another Marvel movie after the "good times" he had directing the original Thor.
"I’m pleased to say that I continue to have good relationships with all my Marvel family," Branagh said, who's promoting his upcoming film Cinderella. "It’s a people game the movie game, and although these films are big articulated lorries, they still have to be driven by real people. I fondly remember good times working on Thor. So you always look to repeat that kind of thing, and if it happened again, I’d be?delighted."
Branagh was originally pencilled in to direct Thor: The Dark World, but backed out of the project early over what Los Angeles Time said were the "marathon devotion required for a major visual effects epic."