Its official: Disney and Fox have finalized their merger. According to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning at 12:02 AM, Disney has completed its over seventy-three-billion-dollar acquisition of Fox’s assets. These include: Fox’s TV and film studios, National Geographic, Indian TV network Star India, and Fox’s thirty-percent stake in Hulu. Meanwhile, a new division of Fox called Fox Corp will operate independently and continue to broadcast Fox News.
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Well known properties/franchises that Disney now own include: X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Alien,and Die Hard.This a massive slate of properties added to Disney’s already impressive catalogue, considering they also own Lucasfilm and Marvel. It is estimated that with this acquisition, Disney will become the most powerful studio in the world, as its films will dominate the box office for the years to come. In a good year, Disney might dominate well over half of grosses and own over thirty-percent of total market share. This is staggering to think about, without even factoring in how this will change our streaming and television choices, especially with Disney+ on the way.
Still, it is exciting to think about potential crossover material, such as Deadpool meeting The Avengers or Wolverine appearing to help fight a threat such as Thanos. But it remains to be seen how this will affect films in general going forward, especially given Disney’s dominance of the genre now. We’ll keep our eyes out, but this is a very exciting and nerve-wracking deal. Earth-shattering, even.
Though King himself once said that “The Tommyknockers is an awful book,” the story is still appealing. Set in the small town of Haven, Maine, the fiction is about a long-buried alien spacecraft trying to transform all the people on Earth into their kind via an invisible gas. Gard, an alcoholic poet who is central in the story, appears to be immune to the ship’s effects because of the steel plate in his head, a souvenir of a teenage skiing accident. Without warning, Gard then become the only source of hope on the planet fighting against the alien army. In 1993, the novel was adapted into a two-part mini TV series on ABC with the same name, which received positive feedbacks. In 2013, NBC said they would reboot it, but we’ve heard nothing since then.
Tommyknockers: TV series in 1993 | Image via dramaqueen
Well, watch out, Earth folks! The green alien army is coming back on the big screen soon! According to Entertainment Weekly, Jeremy Slater, the creator of Fox’s The Exorcist TV series, is announcing a new project of making a film version of The Tommyknockers. Here’s what he said on Twitter:
I’m pretty sure this is the first book I ever bought with my own money. It was 1988 and I was 10 years old. I’d borrowed other King novels from various friends and libraries, but this was the first one that was MINE. 1/ pic.twitter.com/7tcOpizdU6
And when I finally got my foot in the door, I only had three dream projects on my bucket list. One was Marvel (umm…sorry about that one, guys), one was Star Wars, and the third, of course, was Stephen King. Any one of those jobs would let me die a happy man. 3/
In addition to Slater’s screenwriting, the film will be produced by James Wen and Michael Clear, the filmmakers of The Nun and Annabelle: Creation, and Roy Lee, the one who did the remake of King’s It.
With this team of spooks, how can you not be excited about the production!