September 1st, 2009
08:46 AM ET

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After Monday's news of Disney purchasing Marvel, what does this mean for the various Marvel film and stage projects? EW.com reports that Paramount put out a statement saying that this will not affect their multiple Marvel movie projects, including "Iron Man 2" and "Thor."

The troubled "Spider-Man" Broadway production is unlikely to get any help from Disney, reports Variety. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox would like to "reboot" the "Fantastic Four" franchise. Writer Akiva Goldsman has been brought in to help accomplish that, according to Variety.

If you're looking forward to seeing how Seth Rogen handles being a masked crime fighter, you'll have to wait a little longer. Variety reports that "The Green Hornet" has been postponed until December 17, 2010.

Sequels and remakes on the way: "Bad Boys 3" is in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter; a fifth "Rambo" is on the way, according to Variety; and a new series based on the '80s "Teen Wolf" movies is headed to MTV, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The expanded list of nominees isn't the only upcoming big Oscar voting change. Variety reports that Academy members will now have to rank their favorite Best Picture nominees, instead of just voting for their favorite.

This summer was the highest-grossing ever at the box office, over the previous record set in 2007, according to Variety.


soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Dahlias

    *blinks* Who the heck would watch Spiderman on Broadway?? I sure as heck wouldn't and I love the movies!

    September 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    Are people really that dumb? Do you think Disney ONLY puts out PG and G rated movies? I love it when people complain about something that hasn't happened yet. Marvel now has arguably the best marketing team in the world behind it. They'll be just fine.

    September 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mathias

    Disney is an absolutely huge media powerhouse, which can only help Marvel. Look at Warner Brothers, who are affiliated with DC. We've never seen Bugs or Daffy get really involved with Superman or the Green Lantern Corps. Hopefully this won't blow up and destroy things like the AOL Time Warner merge.

    September 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brandon

    Keep in mind that Disney owns Touchstone Pictures as well. They don't just do kids movies.

    September 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tj

    they better still do the avengers man

    September 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick

    Worst thing Marvel could have done. What killed Marvel in the 90s was that they were purchased then a group of idiot stuffed shirts in some boardroom told Marvel how to write comics. Marvel went in to bankruptcy from that. Now more boardrooms with even more out of touch stuffed shirts are now going to tell Marvel how to make comic books. Marvel doesn't need to be told how to make comic books, The only reason Disney is still around is from the momentium generated from the previous generations of Disney staff. Disney is too out of touch on what kids want. I see it now, Hulk smashing things with Mickey ears on. This combination of companies will never work.

    September 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wesley

    I Think thats its dumb, hopefully all the marvel movies that come in the future arent only rated g and pg....

    September 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. marvelfan

    I don't know if this will be good or not but o well i'm think it's worth giving a try and all the films out now aren't going to be made by Disney anyway, and when the reboot all of the series it might be fun! but still i don't like it that Spider-man is going to be with mickey mouse! :(

    September 1, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Oscar

    I hope that the Disney buyout dosent affect the type of movies Marvel will put out. Compared to comic books the movies are already lighthearted and geared more towards children. Certain comic characters Like Wolverine, Sub-Mariner, Deadpool, Sabertooth and Cable need that dark side and violent attitude to be true to form.

    Who wants to see a G rated Logan ?

    September 1, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |

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