EXCLUSIVE: Here’s one from the helluva good idea department. Marvel offerings are soaring, and Star Wars is being reinvigorated by director JJ Abrams. Now, Disney has just started to turn its attention to reviving the Indiana Jones franchise after buying the rights from Paramount in 2013. I’m cautioned that while things are very early, I hear the studio has set its sights on Chris Pratt as the swashbuckling archaeologist they hope to build the new franchise around, the role made famous by Harrison Ford in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Pratt jumped to leading-man movie status with his performance in last year’s blockbuster Guardians Of The Galaxy for Marvel and Disney. He starts The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua in April for MGM and Sony, and there’s the inevitable Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel. Disney won’t comment and all this is admittedly early, so let’s chalk it up as a dishy informed rumor for now and keep an eye on it.
I’ll be on a working vacation next week. So I won’t have much time to post.
But when I find good things I will.
It’s hard for me to stomach George Clooney, but this new trailer actually looks far, far more interesting than the original trailer. So interesting I might just go see it.
I can actually see him doing a good job. How the film might be, I have no idea. But as for him, I think he’d do good work.
Published Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:38AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:47PM EDT
DENVER — The Walt Disney Co. says it is tired of fighting the same battle over the copyrights to iconic Marvel comic book characters including Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk.
A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in longtime dispute between the company and Colorado-based Stan Lee Media.
A federal judge last year dismissed a lawsuit in which Stan Lee Media claimed the copyrights to the superheroes and sought profits Disney made from movies and merchandise featuring them. Disney bought Marvel in 2009.
Stan Lee Media, which is no longer affiliated with comic book writer Stan Lee, appealed the judge’s dismissal. Disney says other courts have settled the case and it should be closed.
The panel did not issue a ruling.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk will loom large in a federal appeals court Tuesday as a Colorado company battles with Disney for the rights to Marvel’s iconic comic book characters in a longtime dispute.
A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in an ongoing case involving Colorado-based Stan Lee Media and The Walt Disney Co.
A federal judge last year dismissed a lawsuit in which Stan Lee Media claimed the copyright to the characters and sought profits Disney made from movies and merchandise featuring them. Disney bought Marvel in 2009.
Stan Lee Media, which is no longer affiliated with comic book writer Stan Lee, appealed the judge’s order. Disney has argued that other courts have already ruled against Stan Lee Media on the same matter.
The appeal is the latest turn in a court battle between the companies that has spanned more than a decade.