Ah. The leaks from the #SonyHack scandal continue to bear fruit. Earlier today, we covered how Marvel called Spider-Man producer Avi Arad “totally nuts” and claimed he never had a clue what he was doing with the franchise. Now there’s this new e-mail, which shows that while Marvel is perfectly happy to now be in bed with Sony thanks to the new Spider-Man deal, they want nothing to do with 20th Century Fox- the folks that currently hold the cinematic rights to The X-Men.
Back in September, Variety ran a story that heavily implied that “Fox and Marvel” were moving forward with Deadpool. While that likely helped Fox out since, in the eyes of casual mainstream fans, Marvel is the hottest thing in Hollywood…Marvel wanted to make it very clear that they have zero to do with Deadpool, Fox, or X-Men.
In an email to Fox’ Bob Cohen, Marvel exec John Turitzin basically tells Fox to stop that misrepresentation from ever happening again.
“Iâ€™m writing to you to correct the misimpression left by reporting concerning Foxâ€™s plans for a Deadpool motion picture. According to a September 18, 2014 report in Variety, ‘Fox and Marvel have slotted Deadpool, their long in development X-Men spin-off for Feb. 12, 2016.’ As you are aware, Marvel has no involvement in the decision to produce a Deadpool film, let alone when that film will be released. The article continues with the falsehood that Kevin Feige is producing the film with Lauren Schuler Donner. Kevin Feige will have no involvement in a Deadpool motion picture, should Fox decide to produce one, and we will not be designating Kevin as an executive producer for any of the films made under the X-Men license (unless we advise you otherwise).”
He then goes on to say:
“We canâ€™t determine, of course, the extent to which that misimpression was created or fostered by Fox, but please ask your people to be careful not to imply that Marvel Studios or its personnel are producing any of the X-Men films licensed to Fox by Marvel and to correct any reports that suggest otherwise. Misrepresentations in press reports lead to inaccurate speculation that there could be cross-overs between Marvel Studios produced movies and those produced under license by Fox.”
Mind you, Turitzin forwarded this email to Sony, stating “This is the e-mail that I sent to Fox regarding the reports concerning their Deadpool film and our and Kevinâ€™s involvement.” And they did this back in October, months before they reached their Spider-Man agreement, showing how aligned the two studios were.
This just goes to show you that anyone holding out hope that the two studios might broker a deal similar to what Marvel and Sony did, are going to have quite a wait ahead of them. If they’re willing to get all “Take my name off your stuff!” over a Variety article, it’s clear that relations between Marvel and Fox are icy at best.