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Matt McGloin

Spider-Man Back At Marvel? Amy Pascal Onboard As Producer



Amy Pascal has stepped down from being co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairman of the Motion Picture Group.

She's leaving to be a part of a new Sony production venture, which will see Pascal produce new movies.

THR reports part of the deal is for Pascal to be onboard as producer on the new all-female Ghostbusters film as well as future Amazing Spider-Man movies. It's also reported Matt Tolmach will serve as a Spider-Man producer after having left his position as Columbia Pictures president.

Regarding whether Spider-Man has returned to Marvel is unknown, but the the officially released press details are rather interesting.

Pascal released a statement which reads in part plans are set for the next two years, which more than likely includes plans for Spider-Man (note: bold below my own).

"I have spent almost my entire professional life at Sony Pictures and I am energized to be starting this new chapter based at the company I call home," Pascal said in a statement. "I have always wanted to be a producer. [Sony Entertainment CEO] Michael [Lynton] and I have been talking about this transition for quite some time, and I am grateful to him for giving me the opportunity to pursue my long-held dream and for providing unparalleled support. As the slate for the next two years has come together, it felt like the right time to transition into this new role. I am so grateful to my team, some of whom I have worked with for the last 20 years and others who have joined more recently. I am leaving the studio in great hands. I am so proud of what we have all done together and I look forward to a whole lot more."

It's further reported that Sony "will finance Pascal's venture and retain all distribution rights worldwide to the films."

Previously leaked e-mails that revealed Sony and Marvel were in talks for Spider-Man mentioned Marvel wanted the creative rights with Sony keeping distribution rights.

However, what is unclear is whether Spider-Man is technically staying at Sony (with Pascal just on as producer), or if Spider-Man is moving to the new production wing under Pascal (and possibly Marvel).

The news of Amy Pascal coming onboard as producer follows reports that Sony was holding a Spider-Man summit in January. Leaked e-mails revealed that Pascal was undecided about Spider-Man returning to Marvel, with reports also stating Marvel wanted a new Spider-Man actor while Pascal wanted to keep Andrew Garfield.

It probably should be noted both Marvel and Sony recently denied rumors of Spider-Man returning to Marvel.

Sinister Six is supposed to be released next year, so more than likely announcements should be coming soon.

Sony Brazil Facebook also teased future plans for Spider-Man are underway as well as teasing Sinister Six.