Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) and Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) talked about the possibility of Spider-Man being in a Marvel production, The Wall Street Journal reports.
However, the two companies did not finalize a deal, much to the disappointment of people who have wanted a production such as this to happen.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, the negotiations were serious. Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) CEO Robert Iger and Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) CEO Kaz Hirai are said to have communicated over the deal.
The revelation comes after Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) has seen some internal data leaked in a recent security breach. From the trove of information released from this hacking, emails between executives of the Japanese giant and the Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) revealed the interest of both parties to work out a deal that would have seen Spider-Man star alongside characters of The Avengers franchise.
According to The Wall Street Journal, one email dated October 30 has Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad writing to Sony Pictures CEO Amy Pascal about Marvel producing three new Spider-Man movies but have Sony keep “creative control, marketing and distribution.”
The CEO is also said to have emailed another person about the intent of Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS)-owned Marvel to include Spider-Man in the last Captain America movie.
According to sources of the publication, after the Disney deal fell through, Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) is going ahead with its own plans for Spider-Man, including a “Spidey summit” and an animated Spider-Man comedy production.
By the end of the third quarter, Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management owned about 8.43 million Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) shares. Mario Gabelli’s Gamco Investors owned about 5.35 million Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) shares by the end of the same period.