Spiderman Rights

Sunday, December 29, 2002 8:08 AM
Just curious as to which company has the rights for Spiderman. Being the top grossing movie of the year, and one of the top grossing of all time, some park somewhere must have noticed this. I know IOA has the 200 mil. dollar ride, but do they also have the rights for the character? Just seems like we're going to be seeing some "Spiderman: The Ride" coasters popping up much like Superman, Batman and Hulk; not to mention Tomb Raider.

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Sunday, December 29, 2002 8:14 AM

I'm not sure, but of note Thorpe Park will be getting a Spiderman stuntshow for the 2003 season featuring the Green Goblin.

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Sunday, December 29, 2002 8:17 AM
The only thing about Universal's rights to Spiderman is that they own the comic book rights, not the movie rights.
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Sunday, December 29, 2002 11:54 AM

Yep, You won't be seeing the Spiderman movie costume at the parks. He won't have the raised silver webbing among other things.

Also Gobbie will not look like the movie also. No plastic armor and helmet with a perminate evil smile on this guy (thank goodness).

I think it could be possible for Universal to have some kind of agreement with Marvel or Sony to not sell the rights to other theme parks due to them already haveing the rights to the comic character. They just don't have the movie characters design rights.

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Sunday, December 29, 2002 1:11 PM

Marvel owns the rights to Spiderman (where did you get Universal from?), nobody else, and can license the character as they choose. The movie was Sony. They've licensed the whole group of characters to Universal for use at the theme parks.

It's not that complicated.

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Sunday, December 29, 2002 5:01 PM

Don't expect any Six Flags parks to get one. Warner Bros. has no rights whatsoever to Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Paramount Parks would have to spend a lot of money to get the rights.

Universal has the rights to build upon the comic book version of the character, but not the movie type.

Columbia/Tristar Pictures has the rights to the film version, and since they have no parks, there will be no ride for a while.

Note that Men in Black was made by Columbia/Tristar, as was the sequel. The reason Universal has some rights to the film is because of the Production company Amblin, which Steven Spielberg works with, is owned by Universal Pictures. Amblin works with many companies, and they produced Men in Black with Columbia, so Universal has partial rights.

So, saying this, the only way a Spider-Man movie ride could be made is if a company bought the ride rights from Columbia, because there was no production company from other studios making or producing Spider-Man: Just Columbia and Marvel.

Does that make any sense?

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Sunday, December 29, 2002 6:13 PM

Isn't Columbia a subsidary of Sony Pictures (seeing as how Sony is plastered on all things movie Spiderman)? I seem to recall back when Universal Studios Orlando opened originally that Sony had some kind of involvement with some attraction, but at the time they didn't own any studios themselves (and Vivendi wasn't in the picture for that matter either).

Even though it's not a Universal film, you sure could by the DVD everywhere. It was even in the Royal Pacific Resort gift shop!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002 4:44 PM

Yeah. Columbia is owned by Sony.

Sony had involvement, but not with the Spider-Man movie. If that were the case, Resident Evil and xXx could be rides at Universal. Last time I checked, those movies aren't being turned into rides.

Universal Studios is selling the DVD because it is a huge seller. It became the opening day best seller on DVD, and I think it is the all-time best seller. They sell it due to it is a sure profit.

Does that make any sense?

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003 9:44 AM

Also they could be selling the DVD as an agreement for the theme park rights. We let you use the names and charachters of marvel comics and you sell our merchandise. That way both sides get publicity and money! Marvel comics aren't just going to get the original right's money from universal when they can demand merchandise to be sold in conjunction with the ride.

It's all about getting as much out as you put in in the theme park business or any other business. Or so I imagine!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003 11:03 AM

coastergoose said:

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No.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003 11:10 AM
Maybe they're selling Sony DVDs because Universal doesn't know how to make customers happy with their own*???

Yes, Columbia and TriStar are both divisions of Sony Pictures, which had a very successful year in 2002. They had the biggest box office take to become #1 Studio of the year (right above Disney) with hits like Spider-Man (multi record breaker), MIIB, xXx, Stuart Little 2, and Panic Room**.

Why would anyone want to buy an overpriced DVD (usually selling at MaxRP) at Universal Studios anyway, when they're so cheap at Best Buy and Target? I guess just to milk you for all it's worth while you're "in the moment" at the park.

-Danny

*See BTTF DVDs (misframing, no individual releases, pushed back), The Mummy series (no boxed set, new box for owners who bought separately), E.T. DVD (poor packaging)

**Watch Punch-Drunk Love or Adaptation if you want something that's actually good from Sony

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003 2:35 PM

coastergoose, I haven't had a chance to see either one of those. Chicago isn't playing around here yet and I've heard mixed reviews on Catch Me If You Can, but I'll try to see it soon.

I can't wait for Chicago though! I've heard it's even better than Moulin Rouge (and if you want 2001's better musical, check out Hedwig and the Angry Inch ;)).

-Danny

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003 7:23 PM

I didn't like Hedwig much, Chicago is fantastic. Even better than Moulin Rouge. Catch Me If You Can is just a fun movie. You'll be smiling the entire time.

Have you seen The Two Toers or 8 Mile?

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Wednesday, January 1, 2003 7:45 PM

coastergoose said:

Sony had involvement, but not with the Spider-Man movie. If that were the case, Resident Evil and xXx could be rides at Universal. Last time I checked, those movies aren't being turned into rides.



What are you talking about? Sony finances a movie and doesn't have any involvement in it? Where did you learn about Hollywood financing, a film school dropout?

Resident Evil is a fad. XXX is a movie no one will care about in a few years. Marvel characters have an appeal that has been around for decades. Why would you make movies about the other stuff?

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Thursday, January 2, 2003 8:49 AM
Yes and yes coastergoose. Glad you liked the other two. Hedwig just seem to have anything Moulin Rouge did and then some (besides the big production values).

Loved TTT. Liked 8 Mile, but still thought it was overrated---great finale though.

You can e-mail or IM me if you have any other questions, because I don't want to bother anyone else here (although I guess I shouldn't care since a non-coaster-related thread is going on 17 pages). Maybe I should start a thread called "Independent Films have hit hard", lol. ;)

-Danny

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Thursday, January 2, 2003 8:56 AM
Let's just remember that this is a coaster site and movies are not the topic. Thought I would just remind people. I don't see how anybody could think that Sony didn't have anything to do with Spiderman though. Boggles my mind.

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