In case you don’t have enough reasons to appreciate Tom Holland, you can now thank him for the latest Spider-Man deal between Disney/Marvel Studios and Sony. After telling fans he loved them 3000 at D23 Expo in August, Holland went to work on their behalf to get the studios talking again.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holland reached out to Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman and Disney CEO Bob Iger. The actor pointed out the fan response to Spider-Man’s potential exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and urged the executives to get back to the negotiating table.
Whatever Holland said to the Rothman and Iger must have worked, at least in part, as Sony and Disney started negotiating in earnest for the first time since June. That was when The Walt Disney Studios Co-Chair Alan Horn broke off conversations after Sony had been sitting on Disney’s last proposal since January of this year.
THR’s sources say that Disney originally sought a 50/50 co-financing and profit sharing deal for a third Marvel Studios-produced Spider-Man film. Sony was never going to go for that, so Disney proposed covering 25% of the financing and taking 25% of the profits back in January. Sony sat on that offer without countering for six months.
Last Thursday night, Sony and Disney agreed to terms that matched the latter company’s January proposal. The deal was announced on Friday, September 27.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter