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Tom Rothman sending He-Man movie to Netflix?

October 16th, 2019 by Marc Comments

It looks likes Tom Rothman – the man who stitched Deadpool’s mouth in Wolverine and basically micromanaged X-Men: The Last Stand to death – is getting cold feet on the upcoming He-Man movie.

The movie is set for release in March 2021 but it looks like Rothman is looking to ensure it’s not a loser by putting it straight to Netflix instead of onto he silver screen.

“So there’s the dilemma: seek a studio or financier to partner on the project, holding on to various rights and territories, or make the safe deal with Netflix (which would not seem quite so safe if the film were a huge hit and it already was sold). Studios selling to streamers is an accelerating trend: Paramount is looking into dedicating a division to that purpose, while a source with knowledge of the situation says Sony’s TriStar label is devoting resources to stream­ing deals. And indie studio A24 inked a multi-year agreement in 2018 to produce a slate of films for Apple.”

It seems that Hollywood – and Sony in particular – are getting it difficult to grasp the changes int he film-industry and at the minute, the only sure-fire winners they seem to have are Spider-Man and Venom, with Even Ghostbusters – given how poorly the last movie performed – being an unknown commodity at the minute for them.

So it looks like Rothman is playing it safe here – although it’s unlikely Mattel – co-financiers and owners of He-Man – will be happy with this as they are undoubtedly looking for a major cinematic release which could potentially make they real money and put He-Man back on top of Castle Greyskull where he hasn’t been in a number of years.

That said, this would give Netflix the opportunity to buy this movie and perhaps develop future instalment – afterall, they already have the She-Ra animated series and the upcoming Kevin Smith He-Man series continuing on from the 80s animated show – so the movie may end up being at home here is Netflix can reach and agreement with Mattel and Sony.

So what say you all? Is Rothman right, or would He-Man be a big earner for them?

Let me know your thoughts, folks.

Source: THR

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….