Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Comedy Spidey

The Sony hacking hasn't been a good thing for Sony ... or the nerves of its current or former employees. But some of the hacked e-mails have been interesting, especially for people in Cartoonland:

Sony Pictures has considered partnering with Marvel and producing an animated comedy as it looks to revamp its big screen strategy for “Spider-Man.”

Details of the discussions are contained in e-mails to and from Sony’s motion picture chief Amy Pascal, which were released on the Internet by hackers this week.

The e-mails reveal extensive discussions between executives at Sony and Marvel owner Walt Disney, all the way up to their respective chief executives Kaz Hirai and Robert Iger. ...

As of late November, executives were planning a “Spidey summit” for January to discuss future plans. Among projects in development are an animated Spider-Man comedy that would be produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the team behind “22 Jump Street” and “The Lego Movie,” as well as previously disclosed Spider-Man spin-offs focused on villain team Sinister Six, super-foe Venom, and women from the webslinger’s life. ...

I fully expect months of surprises as new caches of information are put out there by the people who hacked Sony's data. I fully expect lots of news stories in the near and middle future as small, bright bombs continue to go off.

But for how long the explosives will be detonating, that's the question.


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