LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Walt Disney Studios has
signed a multiyear, first-look deal with legendary comics
creator Stan Lee and his production company, POW!
Specifics were not disclosed, but Lee and his production
company will develop and produce all forms of entertainment for
"The big thing is we're trying to do projects that are high
concept, stories that will lend themselves to franchises," said
Lee, whose POW! stands for Purveyors of Wonder.
Lee is the co-creator of many of the most popular Marvel
Comics superheroes that have gone on to starring roles in
today's tentpole movie marketplace, from Spider-Man to the
Fantastic Four to the Hulk.
"Stan has so many fantastic new ideas for films, and we
can't wait to get started," said Oren Aviv, president of
production at Walt Disney Studios. "Stan Lee is a living legend
in the world of pop culture, and his characters and stories
have been the inspiration for some of Hollywood's biggest
blockbusters. We're very excited to be working with him and his
talented team in creating some incredible new motion picture
A major component of the agreement is home entertainment.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek was
instrumental in bringing the deal to Disney. Chapek will work
closely with Lee on many of his projects.
"(We) feel very fortunate to be collaborating with him on a
wide range of new projects for all divisions of our company,"
Chapek said. "His track record is impressive by any measure,
and (the home entertainment unit) is sure to benefit from his
Lee made his first non-Marvel venture at the height of the
dot-com boom with Stan Lee Media, with the intent of creating
superheroes for the Internet. The venture collapsed, however,
amid a stock manipulation scheme.
Lee, who was never implicated, created POW! in 2005. The
venture so far has produced a Sci Fi Channel movie as well as
two direct-to-DVD movies, "Mosaic" and "The Condor."
He also created the 2003 Spike TV cartoon series
"Stripperella," featuring the voice talent of Pamela Anderson.