Thomas Edgar Rothman (born November 21, 1954) is an American film executive and is a chairman of Sony Pictures. Before working for Sony, he was a chairman and chief executive officer of 20th Century Fox until he resigned on September 14, 2012.
Why He Sucks
- He made a lot of dumb decisions that cost his businesses millions of dollars.
- Despite significant interest from fans, he refused to greenlight a Deadpool movie because he didn't get along with Ryan Reynolds. When the Deadpool movie came out after he left Fox, it became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
- He made Galactus in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer a giant cloud because he thought his original design was "too silly".
- The reason why the Sentinels don't appear in the early X-Men films was that Rothman thought that giant robots wouldn't make money. The Michael Bay Transformers films soon proved him wrong.
- He was the one who decided to have Wade Wilson's mouth sewn shut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- He let the rights for a Sonic The Hedgehog movie expire. When Paramount released their film in February 2020, it was a hit at the box office.
- He also passed on Ted, which was a huge success for Universal Studios.
- He demanded that Aliens vs. Predator be cut to PG-13 and take place on Earth.
- He rejected a potential Alien 5, which would've had Ridley Scott directing and James Cameron writing and producing.
- Mandated that Daredevil be cut 30 minutes shorter so there can be more showings in theaters and wanted more CGI so it would be like Spider-Man released the previous year.
- Slashed the budget and ordered rewrites for Elektra.
- He wanted to pay Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich half of what they made in Independence Day for a sequel.
- Not hiring Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: The Last Stand when he made the first two films successful for Fox.
- He wanted The Last Stand to be released before Superman Returns as retaliation for Singer leaving, even though it was Rothman's fault for not having him on the film in the first place.
- Rushed the entire production of the 2001 Planet of the Apes reboot and ordered rewrites as the sets were being built.
- He's known for clashing with directors and producers on creative decisions.
- He wanted to intervene during the production of Passengers by cutting the budget, but producer Neal Moritz threatened to leave if Rothman got involved with his movie. When the movie bombed, Moritz refused to work with Sony again up until Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween in 2018.
- He had many arguments with director Gavin Hood on X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Rothman even went as far as to make changes without Hood's knowledge!
- Caused Stephen Norrington to lose his love of film-making and retire after Rothman's meddling on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
- Neill Blomkamp has stated that his live-action Halo movie wasn't made because Rothman hated him and didn't like the direction the film was going, even though Blomkamp was a fan of the series and directed Halo: Landfall.
- Alex Proyas, director of I, Robot, almost gave up film-making because of him.
- Rejected Peyton Reed's idea of a Fantastic Four movie that was more faithful to the source material than what was eventually released.
- Didn't let Mathieu Kassovitz make his version of Babylon A.D. and sent lawyers regarding budget concerns. He also edited the film out of Kassovitz's hands during post-production that includes cutting the running time for there to be more showings in movie theaters.
- He supported SOPA.
- He wanted the first X-Men film to fail. He had no faith that the movie would make money and tried to sabotage the movie by moving the release date forward and cutting the budget.
- The only reason why he greenlit Fant4stic was to keep the film rights from Marvel. What's worse is that the film was being made just before the film rights would revert to Marvel had they not made another film.
- He did the same with the film rights for Dragon Ball, which would also be micromanaged by him and lead up to a film that's unfaithful to the source material.
- Even though both movies were released during his regime at Fox, he didn't think that Avatar or Titanic would make money.
- According to Tom Holland himself, Rothman had a "wonderful" idea along with Amy Pascal to transition Spider-Man out from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters in case Sony didn't renew their deal with The Walt Disney Company to share Spider-Man's rights, which could be true given Holland's cheerfulness and well-meaning attitude.
- That said, according to Holland, it was Rothman, along with Bob Iger, who allowed him to be part of the process of renewing negotiations between Sony and Disney so they can produce more Spider-Man films set within the MCU.
- He defended Greta Gerwig when she was snubbed in the 2020 Oscar nominations by not being nominated for Best Director despite her excellent work in Little Women, which was nominated for Best Picture, commenting that she is one of the greatest young directors nowadays regardless her gender, which proves he isn't sexist.
- Even though the points listed above made him seem bad at his job, Tom Rothman made both Fox and Sony profits in the years he was chairman.
- Tom Rothman's brother is actor John Rothman, and his wife is actress and singer Jessica Harper.