Move Over Paramount, Disney Wants Distribution Rights!

Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

Is anyone really surprised?


Anyone who really believed that the Walt Disney Company would passively walk away from the possibility of obtaining the distribution rights to Marvel's upcoming films must be living in la-la land. If you were Disney, and had just dropped $5 billion in an acquisition of a company like Marvel, then chances are that you would want to make every pretty penny back (and more) that a deal like that had cost you. And quickly.

This past fall, after it was initially revealed that Marvel would be bought out by Disney; Disney executives conceded that they would honor the previous agreements between Marvel and Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Sony Pictures, respectively. Disney CEO Robert Iger revealed that while the parent company would allow the deals between Marvel to run their course, he would be ending those distribution deals once they are complete. What does this mean? Even though Disney bought out Marvel, Marvel had previous established deals with other film studios and had licensed out their properties to them. This means that Disney could not be able to distribute/back a Spider-Man or X-Men movie, for example, because the rights of those characters belong to Twentieth Century Fox. If you were Disney, wouldn't you want to acquire the distribution rights to these films? I know I would, especially after a $5 billion deal.

Back in 2008, Marvel renewed their five year distribution deal with Paramount to incorporate future properties like Thor, Iron Man 2 and Captain America. This means that all of those movies that are scheduled to be released in 2012 are set to be distributed through Paramount, not Disney. At least for now. The rumor is that Disney has their lawyers working hard to look for a loophole in the contract between Marvel and Paramount that would allow Disney to acquire the distribution rights to these films.

Disney paid enough for Marvel properties, so any logical person would expect them to attempt to acquire those deals from Paramount.

Certain Disney publicists have already been telling members of the press that Iron Man 3 will definitely be distributed and branded with the Walt Disney logo [not Paramount].

While IESB claims that this stands as proof of Disney's search for a contractual loophole, all it really signifies is that Iron Man 3 won't be released until Paramount and Marvel's contract has run it's course.

Rumblings we are hearing say there are a couple different scenarios that Disney may explore with Paramount. The first would be to allow Paramount to distribute Thor but joint teams Disney/Paramount with Disney supervisors calling the shots regarding marketing and publicity.

One thing is for certain, Disney does not want any help from Paramount on Captain America and The Avengers. We are hearing Disney would consider allowing Paramount to distribute Iron Man 3 but that there is no way in hell a Paramount logo would be seen on either the Cap or Avenger films.

Another option Disney is considering is paying off Paramount the dollar amount they would be expected to make from the four remaining films in their contract (in the 200 and 250 million dollar range) which is approximately four
 

Any company that spent $5 billion on an acquisition of another would want to make money off their new property. It's called business. If Disney finds a loophole, good for them. Marvel is a new company now, and I am sure Paramount is fully aware of that fact. What do you think? Does it matter to you whether it is Disney or Paramount that gets the distribution rights to future Marvel films like Iron Man 2 and 3, Captain America, Thor and The Avengers?
#1 Posted by sora_thekey (8176 posts) - - Show Bio

I say Disney should just pay Paramount the money and get it over with... 
I mean as long as the movie is just as good as the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man movies then I don't care the Disney castle appears on the bottom of the promotional poster and on the DVD/BD box.... 
 
Although it is too late for Iron Man 2 to get the Disney logo on it! 
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#2 Posted by olliejudge (4 posts) - - Show Bio

This could be interesting, I don't think we will see paramount go easy, Iron Man has been a real tent pole movie for them, the super hero effect is great for a studio. However I'll root for Disney on this occasion they have some great people behind them and I'd love to see what they can do with a super hero film.

#3 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (27119 posts) - - Show Bio

Good thing I hate Marvel or this would really upset me...

#4 Posted by DragonRex1 (70 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn Disney should leave Marvel alone... 
 
I still dislike this whole Disney ownership thing. One thing Marvel had over DC is that they could work with ANYONE they want, now that Disney owns them, they can't. 
 
Watch, I'm gonna wait until Disney loses rights to Marvel someday...
#5 Posted by Giuseppe Riccadonna (2071 posts) - - Show Bio
I thought Disney was gonna let marvel handle their own sh!t? What happen to that?
#6 Posted by Son_of_Magnus (15258 posts) - - Show Bio
@.Mistress Redhead. said:
" Good thing I hate Marvel or this would really upset me... "
XD
#7 Posted by goldenkey (2927 posts) - - Show Bio
@Giuseppe Riccadonna said:
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I thought Disney was gonna let marvel handle their own sh!t? What happen to that?
"

no, they were gonna let Marvel handle their own shit regarding the writing, and production of comic books.  They wouldn't step on thier toes and come in make them change their approach to say Spider-man or the X-men.  Movies, figures, accessories, that's Disney's department.
#8 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (27119 posts) - - Show Bio
@Giuseppe Riccadonna said:
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I thought Disney was gonna let marvel handle their own sh!t? What happen to that?
"
not to be rude but did you honestly think that would happen? 
 
@Son_of_Magnus: ;)
#9 Posted by dr.x (553 posts) - - Show Bio

@.Mistress Redhead.:
let me  give  you a small history  lesion  on Marvless World of Disney and they  operate with them owning  The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers  ( I knowmost of you are rolling your eyes over this  ,but please hear me out and follow me on this ) as we all know  from 1993 – 1995  The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers   was on Tv  it  " Morph" other  vertions  there after up the early 2000's , then one  day they  were bought of by Disney  and even had their own  area  at I think Disney World  or  Land  not too sure  on that just  a fart in the wind  left a  bad smell  and are now  gone off tv tho you  a new toy line up . I a word Disney will not nor can not keep their hand  off it  just look at spider-man  movie  were they want  hanna montaina  as Mary  Jane  hmmm. Why M.O.U.S.E 
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#10 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3556 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a little bit worrisome. I completely understand Disney's motivations. They dropped one massive amount of money for rights to a lot of properties. Due to preexisting deals they might not see any profits from some of Marvel's biggest titles. Seems counter productive to what they spent.
 
This could cause some problems though. Production of some movies could wind up in limbo due to challenges to the rights. I doubt Paramount would want to pay for the creation of a movies that only ends up being distributed by Disney in the end. They might not want to invest in many movies out of fear the rights could be taken away, or legal battles could make some movies seem like they aren't worth fighting over.
 
Some movies could be either pushed back, shelved, or canceled altogether until the rights are settled.

#11 Posted by Decept-O (7279 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly, I'm surprised Sony, Paramount, and Fox don't just offer up the rights they have now on the Marvel properties they currently own in terms of movies for sale back to Disney instead of pursuing more movies.  Said companies would win $ without having to hassle with any future movie attempts and Disney would also win as hopefully this is what they want, to get those rights back for potential future movies involving Spidey and the lot.  Spidey alone would draw in big $, so it'd be worth Disney to pursue.   I hope some Sony execs read this an get the hint, let Disney and Marvel get Spidey.  Sony has failed, time to move on.    
 
I would prefer Disney/Marvel to have all the rights to everything pertaining to any and all Marvel characters in every fashion, and that Paramount, Sony, and Fox would no longer be involved. Yes, I'm talking about defending a corporation, but think about it.  Having Disney and Marvel involved 100% with everything guarantees these characters would more than likely get the correct movie treatment they have been lacking and rightfully deserve.   'Nuff said.
#12 Posted by Marshal Victory (677 posts) - - Show Bio

While marvel is a new companey they still have the debets an contracts of the old one.If not companies could pull buy outs to not pay bills.I want diseny to get the movie rights in due time.An that would mean some good things an bad. 
 
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jjSQMkAmK-lCcruC5tFMeKDra_RA 
 Kinda points out one of the worries with diesney tho.Miramax closeing an saleing off is realy not a worry for marvel just the movies wount be under that brand as some hoped.Sooner diesney has the rights the more the marvel movies wil tie into each other i would bet.Thats part of the buying point.
#13 Posted by Moomin123 (2205 posts) - - Show Bio

No, I know that the Disney guys want they're money, but I just don't think the pink castle on a poster for something like Thor or Avengers tickles my fancy. 
For god sake, before you know it, Goofy will take over the role of Thor from Chris Hemsworth. 
 
  
 
NOOO!!!!! It's happening already!!!!!! :)
#14 Posted by AngelFrost (2833 posts) - - Show Bio

aww, I like Twentieth Century Fox.

#15 Posted by Bruce Vain (1869 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess making Donald Duck Captain America is them trying to make people forget him having dreams of being a Nazi. lol
#16 Posted by aztek_the_lost (28224 posts) - - Show Bio

Disney, Sony, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, there all household names...who cares which one is distributing? I don't even pay attention to that stuff, it's all subliminal messages to me

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#17 Posted by CATMANEXE (17052 posts) - - Show Bio

if i...i mean a friend of mine thinks that Black Widow Minnie is hot,
should i, i mean they seek professional help?

#18 Posted by War Killer (20259 posts) - - Show Bio
@sora_thekey said:
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I say Disney should just pay Paramount the money and get it over with... 
I mean as long as the movie is just as good as the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man movies then I don't care the Disney castle appears on the bottom of the promotional poster and on the DVD/BD box.... 
 
Although it is too late for Iron Man 2 to get the Disney logo on it!  "
Not for the DVD box :P 
 
But I think they should buy all of their movies back, FF, Spidey, X-Men, ect. And get Marvel to do things right.
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#19 Posted by Primmaster64 (21138 posts) - - Show Bio

Mickey with a Keyblade

#20 Posted by BaronVonDredd (250 posts) - - Show Bio

If I saw the very first Thor film distributed by Disney, I WOULD FREAK.

#21 Posted by Bestial (1 posts) - - Show Bio

the more i see this disney characters in marvel characters coustume it makes me wnat gut mickey mouse with wolverines claws

#22 Posted by danielddavis (105 posts) - - Show Bio

Disney's gonna kill marvel.

#23 Posted by Supreme Marvel (11265 posts) - - Show Bio
@.Mistress Redhead. said:
" Good thing I hate Marvel or this would really upset me... "
#24 Posted by doordoor123 (3721 posts) - - Show Bio

hmmmm interesting...

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