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Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios Extend Distribution Contract

Paramount answering Marvel Studio's call for next five films.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 29, 2008
Source: Paramount Pictures Press Release

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Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios today announced an agreement under which Paramount will distribute Marvel's next five self-produced feature films on a worldwide basis. The deal, an extension of the original agreement made by Brad Grey when he arrived as CEO and Chairman of Paramount Pictures, includes theatrical distribution in foreign territories previously serviced by Marvel through local distribution entities (Japan, Germany, France, Spain and Australia/New Zealand). The distribution pact capitalizes on Marvel and Paramount's successful efforts with Iron Man, which has grossed $574 million worldwide for Marvel.

The highly anticipated live action releases include Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010), Thor (July 16, 2010), The First Avenger: Captain America (May 6, 2011), and The Avengers (July 15, 2011). The distribution agreement also includes Iron Man 3.

"Coming off of 'Iron Man's' incredible success this summer, we could not be more excited about extending our relationship with Marvel," said Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures. "Marvel's iconic brand, its popular characters and its proven ability to create compelling and visually spellbinding films complement Paramount's great history of filmmaking. We look forward to a long and successful run together."

"Paramount is an excellent partner and an outstanding global distributor," said David Maisel, Chairman of Marvel Studios. "Through our experience on 'Iron Man,' Paramount has demonstrated a passion and ability to release Marvel properties theatrically, allowing us to focus on making great movies for the largest audience possible."

Marvel's Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. and directed by Jon Favreau, was distributed by Paramount earlier this year and was one of the top films of 2008. The DVD, including a version in Blu-ray, will be released on September 30, 2008.


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Flint521466 9/29/2008 5:23:50 PM
This was a no-brainer for Paramount.
Wiseguy 9/29/2008 5:27:01 PM
Isn't it wonderful when these marriages work out. Sounds like a good deal for Paramount, I know it's beneficial for both but sounds like a coup for Paramount. And how come I never see the AntMan film on Marvel's slate. I know Wright said he had a good script and that Marvel was behind it, so what's up? Anyone, anyone.....
Dazzler 9/29/2008 5:37:48 PM
Wow Cap then Avengers movie for 2011! Going to be a great year! It looks like my white Christmas is coming true!
hanso 9/29/2008 5:51:56 PM
I think AntMan is gonna be at another studio that's why it's not mentioned. Not sure though.
Wiseguy 9/29/2008 5:53:43 PM
Dazzler,<BR itxtvisited="1" />Are you implying that 2010 isn't going to be just as great with Thor and IM2? <BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />hanso, hope you're right but I never see the film mentioned when I see Marvel's projects. Actually IMBD has it listed under Paramount.
AMiSHPiRATE 9/29/2008 7:53:55 PM
When do we get Marvel Zombies on the big screen?
hanso 9/29/2008 7:54:27 PM
Interesting, I thought it may be at Lionsgate or something like that. Antman doesn't get no love though, you are right. Maybe they are saving it till after Avengers? They are gonna need something for 2012. It don't matter what's dropping on 2011, Captain America, Avengers, etc. You guys know what's dropping that year that's gonna own all son!
Dazzler 9/30/2008 4:31:27 AM
Thor is going to be a hard sell. IM2 is a no brainer for that being a hit again. I don't think Thor was ever on the big screen. The Hulk/Thor movie...well let's not mention that ever ever!
joeybaloney 9/30/2008 6:36:42 AM
Everything I’ve read about Ant-Man suggests he’s gonna be in The Avengers. Forgive my ignorance here but that would mean his solo flick would have to be partnered with Paramount, no? Or is the fact that it’s under Marvel Studios all that’s needed?
Wiseguy 9/30/2008 6:48:17 AM
joey, AntMan is listed under Paramount anyway. But the fact that Marvel isn't licensing the characters to Paramount means that they don't have to partner with them, this is only a disttribution deal. Of course since the deal is for the next five films I'm assuming Ant-Man would be the fifth.
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