Sony Pictures Entertainment Going Out Business??

Sony Pictures Entertainment Going Out Business??

Sony Pictures who has the rights to SPIDERMAN, MEN IN BLACK, GHOSTBUSTERS, and GHOST RIDER may not be anymore

Each year, 24/7 Wall St. regularly compiles a list of brands that are going to disappear in the near-term. Last year's list proved to be prescient in many instances

Sony has a studio production arm which has nothing to do with its core businesses of consumer electronics and gaming. Sony bought what was Columbia Tri-Star Picture in 1989 for $3.4 billion. This entertainment operation has done poorly recently. Sony's fiscal year ends in March, and for the period, revenue for the group dropped 15% to $7.2 billion and operating income fell by 10% to $466 million. Sony is in trouble. It lost $3.1 billion in its latest fiscal year on revenue of $86.5 billion. Sony's gaming system group is under siege by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT - News) and Nintendo. Its consumer electronics group faces an overwhelming challenge from Apple. The company's future prospects have been further damaged by the Japan earthquake and the hack of its large PlayStation Network. CEO Howard Stringer is under pressure to do something to increase the value of Sony's shares. The only valuable asset with which he can easily part is Columbia which would attract interest from a number of large media operations. Sony Entertainment will disappear with the sale of its assets.

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nuck82 - 6/22/2011, 2:09 PM
ComicsCommando - 6/22/2011, 2:21 PM
PaulRom - 6/22/2011, 2:24 PM
What Trudey said, perhaps Sony could be bought by Disney/Marvel and Spiderman AND Ghost Rider can be in the MCU! :D
mk - 6/22/2011, 2:25 PM
hell yeah spidey and ghost rider on marvel!
Hiraga08 - 6/22/2011, 2:26 PM
It would be awesome if Disney bought them out. But we'll see how this all plays out.
superotherside - 6/22/2011, 2:30 PM
great news hopefully Disney will buy them out with Spiderman and actually make a great spiderman film...
ComicsCommando - 6/22/2011, 2:30 PM
Hope this doesn't mean that Spidey is getting yet another reboot because I really like what I've heard about it so far.
marvel72 - 6/22/2011, 2:35 PM
marvel should just buy back spider-man & ghost rider,how cool would it be seeing parker/spidey trying to get photo's of the avengers in action.

this would be a dream come true.

great find nuck.
superotherside - 6/22/2011, 2:40 PM
@ComicsCommando what have you heard so far that's good?

Garfield: too old
Stone: too old
suit: horrifyingly ugly and not close to the comics at all and no big spider on the back or big eyes!
being written by sony script writers: you have SM3 because of sony nuff said...
Do I need to go on?

whereas with marvel i'm sure they'll do it like TIH with the origin in the credits and do a truly amazing movie
PaulRom - 6/22/2011, 2:44 PM
@Otherwise Actually Stone's just a few years older than the comic version of Gwen, and she looks younger. And Garfield's a bit too old, I agree, but again, he looks younger than what he really is.
And big eyes just makes things worse, IMO. And we also have SM2 because of Sony, nuff said!
nuck82 - 6/22/2011, 2:49 PM
oh shit i forgot ghost rider was with them also lol.
ComicsCommando - 6/22/2011, 2:52 PM
otherside- Well they do have SM3, but it's not like Iron Man 2 was a home run. I like the actors and the director involved. Plus, it seems like they're doing everything right like Gwen being his love interest, placing him in high school and capitalizing on his intelligence which includes the mechanical web-shooters. I'm waiting until I see footage until I'm absolutely sure though. If The Amazing Spider-Man is a home run, then Marvel should integrate it into their already existing universe.
dickmastaflex - 6/22/2011, 3:51 PM
amazing will be good they got more then enough time, its not a rush film
nuck82 - 6/22/2011, 4:16 PM
lol thank you tea!! MAIN HERE I COME!!
ChaosFreak - 6/22/2011, 4:19 PM
If Sony Entertainment goes out of buisness, one good thing is that the Spidey rights go to Marvel.
Ghostfire - 6/22/2011, 4:21 PM
bring spidey and GR back home!! thanks Tea, you always know how to brighten our day!
CRZYCUBAN2 - 6/22/2011, 5:24 PM
Hells yeah! Bring Spidey and GR back home to MARVEL!!!
Deadshot - 6/22/2011, 6:52 PM
Why isn't this on the front page, its not fake, or speculation. Sony Pictures really is going out of business by the end of 2012.
Mrcool210 - 6/22/2011, 10:38 PM
make the reboot then go to marvel and my reaction can be this
Curmudgeon - 6/22/2011, 11:13 PM
Sony Pictures will be taking in money from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, MIB3, The Amazing Spider-Man, and a piece of Bond 23's box office before the end of 2012.

If they still don't make enough money to justify keeping the film branch, I'd be shocked.
dancingmonkey08 - 6/23/2011, 2:25 AM
Yea as much as I would LOVE Marvel to own Spidey & Ghost Rider, I think half of the people in this article are too enthusiastic about Disney/Marvel buying Sony. We shall see how this pans out first before there is any potential celebration.

Although now would be the PERFECT time for Sony's franchises to be bought up by a different studio such as Disney.

Men In Black is coming to its natural end so Disney could reboot the franchse with a new spin to it, the dying Ghost Rider "franchise" (if you can even call it that) badly needs a reboot by Marvel & Marvel could either continue on from the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man franchise (and I wouldnt be as angry about this reboot) or reboot it all over again

My idea for the future of the Ghostbusters franchise is let the original cast do one more movie as the main Ghostbusters who hand over the reins to new Ghostbusters at the end (before Sony Pictures fall apart) and then Disney could continue on the franchise with a bunch of new Ghostbusters

now correct me if Im wrong, does that mean (in a perfect world) Disney buys Sony Pictures, does that mean James Bond will partly be owned BY DISNEY! I mean wtf? lol And it means 007 could appear in a Marvel movie lol

now if only Fox would give up the F4 rights because there hasnt being any word on it for ages (Im not going to even mention X-Men, its a renewed cash cow for Fox and there is actual work going into the Daredevil reboot)
95 - 6/23/2011, 5:24 AM

James Cameron is probably too expensive for Marvel, not to mention 20th Century Fox probably has a hold on him. 2014 would be a projected date for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and by then he would be working on his Avatar sequels. He'd make a fine flick with Marvel Studios though, too bad...

ComicsCommando - 6/23/2011, 8:13 AM
Don't doubt Spiderman2o29, he has been right about these things many times before. Plus, Spidey is the only hero that Cameron is interested in so I'm sure he'd jump at the chance. That is, if the Avatar sequels aren't taking up his time of course.
Xandera - 6/23/2011, 8:53 AM
Great Find nuck!!!!

That's not funny at all Gusto!!!
Coloso - 6/23/2011, 9:44 AM
I'm confused, does Disney/Marvel have to buy it's properties back or do the rights revert back to Marvel once Sony Pictures is no more?
nuck82 - 6/23/2011, 10:22 AM
i think its fair game to any studio if sony doesnt sell them, but they would sell them befor going out of biz for sure
Matador - 6/23/2011, 10:31 AM
The best [frick]ing news I've heard in 2 weeks!
CorndogBurglar - 6/23/2011, 11:20 AM
why would this suck?????? doesn't this mean Spidey and GR might be going back to Marvel?

@ coloso

I'm thinking that in order to save the company, Sony would probably sell the rights back to Marvel. but i really don't have any clue.
naterator - 6/23/2011, 12:12 PM
@ no you dont.
SmokinIndo - 6/23/2011, 1:13 PM
I've heard a lot of rumors about how the new Spider-Man film is actually part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Sony is really going out of business, then it's possible that they may have sold the rights back to Disney/Marvel in order to stay afloat.
Curmudgeon - 6/23/2011, 1:16 PM
@Spiderman2o29 "Sony wont make that much with the amazing spider-man due to the MAIN fact that the dark knight rises comes out two weeks later and will take it down from the number one spot."

A new film taking 1st place, doesn't magically erase the amount of money a film can make in it's first two weeks.

Which could be over $250 million by day 14, if TASM makes nearly as much as the first three. (And that's just the domestic gross.)
Frogman - 6/23/2011, 3:22 PM
yeah so the rights go back to marvel and we kiss goodbye to a doctor strange or black panther or any other unused character movie because marvel will then be making another spider-man or ghost rider. just brilliant cos none of us want to see their other characters brought to life.
B1 - 6/23/2011, 5:22 PM
ALmighty1080 - 6/23/2011, 9:31 PM
wouldnt sony just sell to the highest bidder, doesnt necessarily mean marvel studios gets it back.
CorndogBurglar - 6/24/2011, 6:02 AM
@ Frogman

what you just said makes no sense at all.

why would a Spider-Man movie getting made mean they won't make a Doctor Strange movie? or Black Panther?
Dmon - 6/24/2011, 6:38 AM
It would be hilarious if WB bought Sony.
AlcoholicA - 6/24/2011, 9:15 AM
We don't know what clauses are in their contracts for Spider-Man and Ghost Rider. Sony may not have the option to sell them to the highest bidder. They may HAVE to forfeit them to Marvel.
Frogman - 6/24/2011, 12:42 PM
@CorndogBurglar: Who are they more likely to focus on? Spider-Man and Ghost Rider who they know WILL sell due to already being established and popular characters or Doctor Strange/Black Panther? who have never been done before? I believe they would focus on Spider-Man as he is the face of Marvel and an extremely popular character. They may be owned by disney but they haven't got unlimited amounts of money. Do you honestly think we'd get 3 or 4 Marvel films a year if Marvel Studios owned them all?
Checkmate - 6/25/2011, 5:54 PM
Bring Ghost Rider back under Marvel and reboot him, bring Spiderman back and continue The Amazing Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
thunderforce - 6/26/2011, 5:31 PM
it would be awesome to see spidy on the Avengers .
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