New head of Sony Pictures Tom Rothman discussed his plans for movie franchises like Spiderman and the upcoming reboot of Ghostbusters in interviews with several publications. He is also trying to overcome some of the fallout from his own e mails which were leaked as part of the Great Sony Hack of 2014.
“Every studio needs franchises, ” Rothman told Variety. “That was the case when we took over at Fox and that took time to build it up and it will take time here. It’s very important but it’s equally important to have a diverse slate of films that perform profitably.”
The 60 year old movie producer had already been with the studios, having taken over its TriStar Pictures back in 2013. But Rothman still sees his new position as a challenge.
“I love a challenge and I think there’s a fabulous base in place here, ” he said. “This is a really good company with great potential.”
About the people that he has to work with Rothman told The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m very confident in the level of executive talent here, and I prize stability.”
Meanwhile Will Smith took the high road over the negative things that Rothman had said about the actor’s family in leaked e mails.
“Everybody disses my kids, ” Smith told Variety. “To me, that’s just part of the business. And somebody’s email is private, you know? So I would never hold anybody responsible for something they said in a private email. I shouldn’t even know about it.”
On Rothman, the star of such movies as Bad Boys said, “I worked with Tom [when he was head of Fox Filmed Entertainment]. We did ‘Independence Day’ together. We did ‘I, Robot.’ I’ve worked with Tom a lot.”
Thomas Edgar “Tom” Rothman was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Jewish parents.