The Register is reporting that Sony is looking to sell off some of their movie properties, including Spider-Man and Resident Evil. Apparently, Sony Pictures is going through some financial troubles. So there’s a possibility that Spider-Man will finally be a part of the Marvel cinematic universe, where he belongs. This is basically a cost cutting measure in order to put more time and effort into the company’s electronics division. This is the direct quote from the site:
“Sony has said that it will consider a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb that the group should sell off parts of its music and movies business, which includes popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner Adele.”
Sony Chief executive Kazuo Hirai, confirms the news and says the board is actually considering the proposal saying:
“Third Point’s proposal involves the way we manage a core business of the Sony group and the direction of our management. So the Sony board will give it thorough consideration before replying to Mr. Loeb.”
Whether this actually happens remains to be seen. Spider-Man is a huge money maker. But you can bet if it does, Disney would be at the head of the line. Maybe Sony would be willing to come some sort of rental deal or something.
What do you think?
UPDATE: Well that didn’t take long. It seems The Register may have mixed up facts a bit. No properties were mentioned by name. Basically Sony would create a separate company to deal with their Entertainment division, and use public investors in order to help them increase revenue. So basically Spider-Man isn’t going anywhere.