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Remember when you were a kid and you liked somebody, but you weren’t comfortable asking that person out? So you told a few friends, and maybe they told the friends of the girl or guy you like, and those emissaries determined whether there was mutual interest. If it’s an affirmative, an actual overture could be made without fear of humiliation on either front. If one side isn’t interested, however, the other can safely deny involvement.

The same thing happens at the corporate level. See, for example, the world of Spider-Man, where delicate preliminary conversations between Sony Pictures (which owns the cinematic license on the character) and Marvel Studios (which would like its webslinger back, now that it has its own massively successful string of superhero pictures) are underway.

Will Spidey be joining Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Black Widow on the big screen in the near future? No. Sources on both sides confirm that much. But a few years from now… that’s a possibility, at least according to EW’s sources. (Official reps for the two studios both declined to  comment.)

But that’s the extent of it: possibility. There are several variables that need to play out before anything concrete happens. Here are the facts as we hear them from several well-placed sources:


Sony picks up female-led 'The Eden Project', Tobey Maguire to produce

The Eden Project, a secretive sci-fi action film centered on two female characters, has found a home at Sony.

The studio closed a deal for Christina Hodson’s spec script after Material principals Tobey Maguire and Matthew Plouffe brought it to their attention, Sony announced Friday. Columbia Pictures’ Hannah Minghella will oversee the project, which Maguire and Plouffe will produce.

Hodson might not have much to her IMDB page at the moment, but she’s already had two scripts land on the Black List, including Seed, which will be produced by Marty Bowen and Peter Safran. She also penned Unforgettable, a thriller about a woman who sets out to “make hell” for the new wife of her ex-husband that Belle helmer Amma Asante is set to direct for Warner Bros.

According to the release, The Eden Project is the first story in a conceived trilogy.



Sony Pictures plans expanded 'Spider-Man' universe

Spider-Man’s world is about to get bigger.

“We do very much have the ambition about creating a bigger universe around Spider-Man. There are a number of scripts in the works,” Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton told investors Thursday. And any character within Spider-Man’s universe is fair game for a spinoff, including villains and girlfriends.


French film 'A Prophet' to get English-language remake

Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned the rights to create an English-language remake of the Cannes Grand Prix-winning French crime drama A Prophet.

Director Jacques Audiard’s (Rust & Bone) story of a young Algerian man (Tahar Rahim) who gets involved with a ruthless band of mobsters was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Oscars, but lost the prize to Spain’s The Secret in Their Eyes. In the press release announcing the news, Neal Moritz, who will be producing the remake alongside Toby Jaffe for Original Film, said: “This is an epic crime saga with compelling characters and original storytelling. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make an English language version of the film and I am grateful to have the trust of Jacques Audiard and his producers, as well as the writers Thomas Bidegain, Nicolas Peufaillit, and Abdel Raouf Dafri.”


Casting Net: Cameron Diaz might re-team with Jason Segel for 'Sex Tape'; Plus, Jason Sudekis, more

• Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reunite with her Bad Teacher team, including co-star Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Orange County) for the Sony Pictures comedy Sex Tape. The story is about a married couple who makes a sex tape that goes missing by the morning. The Back-Up Plan scribe Kate Angelo wrote the script. [The Wrap]

• Will Smith is making moves. First news broke that he was in final talks to star in Focus from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, then After Earth got an earlier release date, and now he may be ready to line up a few more projects. Deadline reports that Smith is hoping that Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) might direct him in American Can, the true story of a Gulf War veteran who ends up helping a group of seniors stranded in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He’s also considering the thriller The Accountant about a government bureaucrat who doubles as an assassin. [Deadline]


Brad Pitt's WWII epic snags a release date

Brad Pitt is going back to World War II, but this time as a Sergeant. Though it might be hard to look at Pitt and see anyone except Inglorious Basterds‘ Lt. Aldo Raine, get ready to meet Wardaddy, the war-hardened hero of Fury.

Shortly after news broke that Sony Pictures had acquired the rights to Fury they set a November 14, 2014 release date. Directed by David Ayer (Training Day), the film is set in April of 1945 in the European Theater and will focus on a group of five American soldiers on a Sherman tank who encounter a German division. Principal photography is expected to begin in September.

Even though it seems like a far way off,  November 2014 blockbuster real estate is quickly disappearing. Fury comes out just a week after the scheduled releases of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and one week prior to Mockingjay Part 1, the third film in the Hunger Games series.

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'Good Times' movie: Sony, Scott Rudin adapting '70s sitcom

Transforming a beloved TV show into a movie is a dicey proposition. For every 21 Jump Street, there’s an A-Team, a Bewitched, a (shudder) My Favorite Martian. But there are reasons to be hopeful about Good Times. EW has confirmed the Deadline report that Sony and Scott Rudin are teaming to bring the ’70s sitcom about a working-class black family to the big screen. The project is being scripted by Phil Johnston, who wrote the nifty little comedy Cedar Rapids and co-wrote Wreck-It Ralph. READ FULL STORY

Quvenzhane Wallis' 'Annie' to be released Christmas 2014

The sun will come out on Christmas Day 2014.

The next big-screen adaptation of Annie, which was without a leading lady until just a few days ago, has an official release date. EW has confirmed that Quvenzhane Wallis’ Annie will meet her Daddy Warbucks and sing all about her hard knock life in theaters on Dec. 25, 2014. The film will be directed by Will Gluck and is being produced by Marcy Media along with Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

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'Elysium' pushed to summer 2013, 'Robocop' to winter 2014

Audiences will have to wait a little bit longer to make it to Elysium.

EW has confirmed that Sony Pictures has pushed director Neill Blomkamp’s ambitious science fiction thriller — named after a space station for the ultra-wealthy that orbits a poverty stricken and pollution-choked Earth — from its initial March 1, 2013 release date to Aug. 9, 2013. That is roughly the same weekend that Sony released Blomkamp’s District 9, and suggests the studio is keen on giving the film, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and District 9‘s Sharlto Copley, a wider platform (and, perhaps, a second go ’round at San Diego Comic-Con).

The move meant that Sony had to find a new release date for its remake of Robocop, which had been set for the Aug. 9, 2013 date. READ FULL STORY

'Snow White' director Rupert Sanders to helm sci-fi film 'The Juliet'

Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders has found his next gig.

EW has confirmed that the filmmaker has signed up with Sony Pictures and New Regency to direct The Juliet, an adaptation of a short story by the late science fiction author Alfred Bester. The production is aiming to start up in the spring.

Henry Bean (Noise, The Believer) adapted the story for the screen.


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