Disney Buys Distribution Rights, Announces Iron Man 3 Release Date

by on October 18, 2010

in Entertainment

Iron Man 3 News

Today a quick live blurb went out that Walt Disney Studios paid a reported $115 million for the distribution rights to The Avengers and Iron Man 3.  It felt like it was just within minutes that a subsequent bit of news came out announcing the release date for Iron Man 3 being May 3rd, 2013!

Now that was fast!  Up until today there had been no real momentum on an Iron Man 3.  I had the impression that it was going to be dependent on various factors.  But Disney has different ideas and wants us to know that they have plans to keep the blockbuster superhero film series going strong!

No other details on the creative forces behind or in Iron Man 3 were noted at this time.  We can only assume/hope  that it will include the wonderful eye of Jon Favreau and the talents of Robert Downey Jr. donning the armor yet one more time.  If Favreau does return, he had already noted previously that he would love to bring the Mandarin in.  (the Ten Rings gang.)  But Favreau and Marvel had a mini-impasse on monies so we’ll see what happens there!

The way things sometimes go, I am not banking my last dollar on it, but I am presuming.

Press Release on Distribution Deal:

BURBANK, Calif. – October 18, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they have reached an agreement under which Paramount will transfer its worldwide marketing and distribution rights to Disney for Marvel Studios’ The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Paramount will remain the worldwide distributor of the upcoming films, Thor and Captain America, as well as the previously released Iron Man and Iron Man 2.

Under terms of the new deal, Disney will pay Paramount $115 million for the transfer of the distribution rights to Iron Man 3 and The Avengers to be paid on the theatrical release dates. These monies will serve as a minimum guarantee against the distribution fees.

“In completing this agreement, Disney will now assume worldwide marketing and distribution of The Avengers and Iron Man 3 and leverage these two highly-anticipated films across the multiple global platforms of The Walt Disney Company,” said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “We appreciate the tremendous momentum that Paramount established with these iconic Marvel characters and look forward to propelling the brand even further in the coming years.”

“Five years ago, when Paramount and Marvel made our initial deal, both our businesses were in very different places,” said Brad Grey, Chairman & CEO of Paramount Pictures. “We are grateful for the partnership we have had with the terrific Marvel team over these years and proud of the work we have done together. Today, this new agreement is the right deal for Paramount, for Marvel and for Disney. We look forward to working together on Thor and Captain America, and we wish Disney and Marvel the utmost success, in what we know will be a very productive and wide-ranging partnership.”

“Paramount has been a wonderful partner in helping Marvel Studios bring our characters to the big screen,” said Alan Fine, Office of the President, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. “This agreement makes sense now that Marvel is part of The Walt Disney Company.”

Paramount will release Marvel Entertainment’s Thor and Captain America worldwide beginning on May 6 and July 22 of 2011, respectively. The Avengers will be licensed to Epix under Paramount’s existing pay television arrangement.

[Collider, Box Office Mojo]

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