Sony Corp. is looking for put up for sale Sony Pictures, selling off its film and television divisions. As one of the six major Hollywood studios, Sony Pictures (what includes Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures and Screen Gems) has several blockbuster film and television franchise properties. But what franchises does Sony actually own that could be at stake?
Sony and all of its studios are big proponents of comedy, and most of its most profitable films are genre, from family affairs to obscene R-rated productions, which primarily appeal to adults. Some of its main properties of this type of comedy are: Ghostbusters, Goosebumps, Jump Street and, of course, practically everything Seth Rogen and their frequent collaborators roll for them.
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In addition to his great comic films, Sony has many action-focused franchises on file. Karate Kid, The Dark Tower, Hitman, Charlie’s Angels and Underworld, not to mention Millennium (The Girl in the Cobweb) and the adaptations starring Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code). But one of its biggest action franchises is undoubtedly Men in Black. A spin-off is currently in the works, which may spawn a new series / timeline of its own. And now, Jumanji It is a new property that any buyer would consider having in their ranks. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle starring Dwayne Johnson it has become a massive global hit. Of course, the largest properties of Sony Pictures they still are Spider-Man and James Bond. However, those flagship titles may not be part of any potential purchase agreement.
The specifics of the original deal Sony with Marvel are not known to the general public, but reports have claimed that if Sony Pictures sold to another studio, the rights to the film from Spider-Man (including villain spin-offs) could automatically revert to Marvel. Of course, Marvel already has a unique partnership with Sony to share the character in their respective movie universes; therefore, Disney does not need to acquire Sony unless they want to own the rest of the studio’s properties.
As to James Bond, Sony (through Columbia Pictures) signed a production and distribution agreement with EON Productions and MGM in the early 2000s. Columbia Pictures co-produced and distributed Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and then distributed Skyfall and Spectre completely after bankruptcy of MGM. However, now that your agreement has ended, James Bond distribution rights are up in the air.
Although Spider-Man y James Bond may not be part of a purchase of Sony, that does not mean that there are not other things worth acquiring. As a Sony film, Sony Pictures is responsible for guiding the film adaptations of all video game franchises owned by Sony, such as Uncharted and The Last of Us. Considering the number of proprietary titles Sony produces for the PlayStation, that’s a potentially endless supply of video game movie ideas …
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