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Monday, August 25, 2014

Marvel's Super Terracotta Warriors Movie?!

Monday Mania! Super Terracotta Warriors the movie is allegedly happening. And not to mention, Marvel is apparently on board with it! Sounds really super, right?  (Source: http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/films/494945/Filmmakers-to-turn-Terracotta-Warriors-into-Hollywood-super-heroes )



So let's read this information from the source above and look into some of the key information directly quoted from the above source;
  • Shanghai Film Group, whose president Ren Zhonglun confirmed: “A lot of projects have reached a ­practical stage.
  • In the last month of 2013 and the first month of this year, there have been people from Paramount and Marvel and Pinewood Studios ­coming to talk to us.” 
  • "The project is the brainchild of producer Avi Arad, whose credits include movies from the Iron Man and Spider-Man franchises."
Interesting, right? Marvel is trying to get on board? Let's look further into this with another source from earlier this year... (Source: http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2014-01/22/content_31274738.htm)
Marvel Entertainment said in a statement to China.org.cn, "'Super Terracotta Warriors' is not a Marvel Entertainment film nor is it associated with any of its producers or distributors in any way. Mr. Avi Arad, named as a producer on the project, has not had any connection with Marvel Entertainment since 2008."
So what's the deal? This is my opinion of the situation...

  • Marvel is not on board with this film project. 
  • The media is not correct with their reporting and is trying to put two and two together to come up with three.
  • Avi Arad actually  had a lot of pull with Marvel during the 1990's. According Wikipedia, 
  • "Along with Toy Biz co-owner Isaac Perlmutter, Avi Arad came into conflict with Carl Icahn and Ron Perelman over control of Marvel Comics in the wake of its 1996 bankruptcy. In the end, Arad and Perlmutter came out on top, with Toy Biz taking over Marvel Comics in a complicated deal that included obtaining the rights to Spider-Man and other superheroes that Marvel had sold earlier. He was involved in Marvel's emergence from bankruptcy and the expansion of the company's profile through licensing and movies." But I still don't think Marvel's on board with Mr. Arad.

For more interesting things about Marvel and Avi Arad relationship, check this out:
http://comicsbeat.com/avi-arad-fights-back-about-his-marvel-legacy-but-lets-go-to-the-videotape/. You can see that there's been some love and hate going on. Mr. Arad does seem to be interesting though!


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