The bosses over at Sony seem to have some very specific rules for Peter Parker and his alter-ego.
If you’ve ever thought Spider-Man on the big screen was just a little too boring or ‘safe’, then we could just be about to explain why. In the latest round of leaked Sony emails the long list of contractual obligations that the Spider-Man character allegedly must meet for film is revealed, including that he must always be white, male and heterosexual.
Andrew Garfield played the most recent incarnation of Spider-man on the big screen.
The published emails reportedly start by listing the superhero’s ‘mandatory character traits’, which the character ‘must always strictly conform to’. The list includes him being a white, male who does not abuse alcohol, does not smoke tobacco, does not sell/distribute illegal drugs, does not use foul language beyond PG-13, does not have sex before the age of 16 and is not a homosexual.
The series was originally slated to be adapted by Warner Bros. 2012.
Fans of Stephen King can rejoice, as the famed author’s magical series The Dark Tower is finally coming to the big screen. Deadline reports that Sony will be distributing the series of movies, while a complementary TV series is also being developed by MRC.
The author has been patient with plans to bring his series to the big screen.
The series is set in a magical world and centers around Roland Deschain, the last living member of a knightly order known as the 'gunslingers'. The work has been described by the author as his magnum opus and has been called King’s answer to Tolkien’s Middle Earth novels.
The landscape has shifted with the agreement, which will see Marvel get to include the web-slinging hero in one of its movies for the first time since 1999.
Spider-Man will be included in an upcoming Marvel title for the first time in nearly two decades, and that film is reported to be next year’s Captain America: Civil War.
Variety reported that, in essence, the deal will work out cheaply for both parties. Effectively, neither studio will receive a cut from the proceeds of the other studio’s useage of the Spiderman character in future movies. Without the deal, Disney (which owns Marvel) would have to part with millions in order to use him.
Continue reading: What The Marvel-Sony Spider-Man Deal Means
It could yet end happily ever after for 'The Interview', as Netflix secures a deal with Sony Pictures to make the controversial comedy available to its American and Canadian subscribers.
It’s been quite a turnaround for The Interview in the last month. A little over four weeks ago, the Sony picture had been seemingly consigned to the dustbin following the studio’s cancellation of its release in the face of threats from cyberhackers.
But following its resounding success in its limited digital release, the rumoured Netflix deal has come to pass. Late on Tuesday, the online streaming service announced that the comedy would be available to its US and Canadian subscribers.
'The Interview' is coming to Netflix at the weekend, with Sony Pictures securing a deal with the streaming service
Continue reading: Netflix Confirms 'The Interview' Will Be Available At The Weekend
The U.S. President announced new sanctions on North Korea, in response to cyberhacking and threats regarding 'The Interview'
According to NBC News and a statement released by the White House on Friday, the measures come from the Treasury Department, which has targeted three orgnisations and ten North Korean government officials, some of whom work in other countries.
Barack Obama has announced new sanctions on North Korea following the Sony cyber hack
Continue reading: U.S. Imposes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack
Amy Adams' appearance on the 'Today' show has reportedly been cancelled after she refused to answer questions on the Sony hack.
It may be one of the most talked about scandals of the year but actress Amy Adams is keeping quiet about the Sony hacks and her decision has cost her latest film Big Eyes national television coverage.
Amy Adams, photographed at the New York premiere of Big Eyes, will not be appearing on the Today show after her appearance was cancelled.
'The Interview' will be given a limited release on Christmas Day and Seth Rogen, James Franco and President Obama are amongst those celebrating.
The Interview will be shown in limited cinemas in the US from Christmas Day. Sony Pictures Entertainment has granted the film's release despite threats from hackers directed at cinema goers. Mounting political pressure, including a number of statements released by President Barack Obama, is believed to have contributed to Sony's decision to release The Interview.
In a recent interview George Clooney has expressed his horror at the control of content and censorship resulting from the hacks and subsequent violence threatened by the hacker group Guardians of Peace. Clooney created a petition in the hopes of uniting the film industry against further threats but his attempts so far have been in vain - no one will sign his letter.
George Clooney's attempt at creating a petition in which members of the film industry could show their support for Sony and determination not to give in to violent threats in the face of freedom of speech did not gain the support he had expected.
George Clooney has created a petition hoping to encourage the studios to make a stand against cyber terrorism.
Continue reading: George Clooney Created Pro Sony Petition But "Nobody Stood Up"
Sony go all Microsoft with their original content
Sony promised PS4 customers that original TV content would arrive at some point, and we finally know what they’re launching with: ‘Powers’. Sony Pictures TV, a particular branch of Sony Corp., who were involved in shows like Breaking Bad, Hannibal and Master of Sex, are producing.
It’s a fresh and exciting move from Sony, who marketed their next generation console, which has been a selling sensation, on its gaming capabilities. This was in contrast to Microsoft, who billed the Xbox One as an all-purpose entertainment machine. Suffice to say, Sony won the PR battle in the run up to both consoles being released, and now they’re exploiting the other capabilities of the PS4.
Continue reading: 'Powers' To Be PlayStation 4's First Original TV Series
The entertainment giant has announced cuts of up to $100 million in a bid to generate more income for the company
Sony Entertainment are currently riffling through their accounts as they look to cut up to $100 million from their budget in the coming months. The entertainment giants are particularly looking to make their filmmaking department more profitable and will begin investigating possible cost cutting exercises in the coming months.
Chief Executive Michael Lynton wants to speed up cost cutting
Sony have been working for some time at trying to get their finances in order and, according to sources speaking with the New York Times, the company have hired consultation group Bain & Company to assess their overheads and help make the cost cutting process easier. The plan to make the company's spending more streamlined will more than likely result in job losses, the company have since confirmed, however they will look to go ahead with the cuts regardless, for the benefit of the company.