In a wide ranging interview with THR to reflect his being named the most powerful person in Hollywood, Disney’s CEO Bob Iger was asked about his relationship with Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter: and the state of the relationship is good, we’re told.
How’s your relationship with Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter these days?
My relationship with Ike is good.
But you allowed Marvel’s Kevin Feige to move from under Ike to under film chief Alan Horn. That didn’t rankle Ike?
Sure it did.
Do you see Ike being a major player at this company for a while?
What does a major player mean?
Major stockholder. Influencer.
I have no idea what he does with his stock. He’s made a lot of money on the Marvel transaction, and he’s made a lot of money on Disney stock since he took it as part of the transaction and bought more since then. And he gets a big dividend. I’m actually not in his head in that regard, so I don’t know and he doesn’t in any way discuss it with me. He likes to call me at seven in the morning. Sometimes I’ll say, “Ike, I’ve just pushed the button on the coffee maker and I haven’t had my first cup yet, so I need 10 minutes.”
A few of you have wondered why I am so obsessed with Ike Perlmutter, but it’s because his policies have a very very direct bearing on what Marvel publishes and what happens at Disney as well.
Iger also talked about Rogue One reshoot and what might happen in the Indiana Jones reboot, which…he doesn’t really know to much about.
Not like Star Wars, no. But we hope … right now, we’re focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort.
Reboot? You’ve got Harrison Ford for this movie, and then the presumption is there will be a younger …
Well, we’ll bring him back, then we have to figure out what comes next. That’s what I mean. It’s not really a reboot, it’s a boot — a reboot. I don’t know.
THR has been using the term “requel” for these sequels that reboot the franchise.
Requel. (Laughs.) We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what’s the direction? I’ve had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don’t want to get into it.
Despite this, Iger’s reign at Disney has seen stock prices soar, and the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm make hi seem like not only the most powerful, but one of the smartest guys in Hollywood.
Your fascination with Ike makes sense. Rich Johnston’s fascination with Ike is odd since his take on him goes from hot to cold depending on the day.
Actually, Disney stock hasn’t been soaring lately. Even though the movie side of the company has been doing well, the issues over ESPN’s profitability has been a major drag on the stock price.
Hot and cold depending on what Ike has done that’s worth reporting on. That’s the problem with facts, they have an irritating way of dictating the story.
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