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.