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.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is coming back, but a new Avatar is set to take the stage!
Entertainment Weekly broke the news today that Nickelodeon will be teaming up with Abrams Children’s Book to publish a new YA series which is set in the Avatar universe, however, it won’t be centralized around the major characters from the original series. Rather, the two-part book deal will focus on Avatar Kyoshi.
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Kyoshi was introduced in the television series but audiences aren’t as familiar with her as they are with the central characters. The series touched on the fact that she is the longest-living human Avatar in history and was born in the Earth Kingdom. Reintroducing her character will offer a clean slate to draw upon and a new string of entertaining tales for audiences.
The series will be split into two books, with the first book, The Rise of Kyoshi, set to dive into Avatar Kyoshi’s rise as the founder of the Kyoshi Warriors and her subsequent demise later on in her life.
According to EW, Michael Dante DiMartino, the co-creator and executive producer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, will act as a consultant in the writing process. F.C. Yee, author of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, is slated to write the series.
The Rise of Kyoshi will be published in July 2019.
Avatar: The Last Airbender might have ended ten years ago, but it’s such a fan favorite that the story has been kept alive in comic books. In collaboration with Avatar co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang has been the principal writer of these stories until now. Dark Horse comics revealed to Entertainment Weekly that two new graphic novels are due out later this year with new writers.
One, Avatar: The Last Airbender – Team Avatar Tales, is an anthology featuring Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph in various adventures. Some stories will be more on the fun side, while others will explore deeper issues, as fans have come to expect from the franchise.
The other, Avatar: The Last Airbender – Imbalance Part One, takes place after the events of the series. Erin Hicks teams with artist Peter Wardman to tell the story, which will follow Aang and his friends as they try to bridge a gap between benders and non-benders in an industrialized town.
If “industrialized” rings any bells in fans’ heads, it’s because The Last Airbender follow-up series The Legend of Korra featured themes of industrialization and a steampunk aesthetic. It seems like Imbalance may begin to bridge the seventy year gap between The Last Airbender and Korra, which will delight fans.
Team Avatar Tales is due out September 5th, and Imbalance will hit shelves October 10th. Check out the covers below!