The Disney/Fox merger means that we’ll get many X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool movies to come. However, they’ll likely come at the price of other projects that were originally planned.
io9 reports that Disney just cancelled Fox’s adaptation of Mouse Guard, the hit Peter Davidson graphic novel about adorable, epic, warrior mice who battle the elements and the rest of the food chain, to protect their homes.
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Production on the $170 million motion-capture adaptation, expected to star Sonoya Mizuno, Andy Serkis, Idris Elba, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, was only two weeks away before cancellation. The Wes Ball feature was pitched as “Game of Thrones with mice.”
Disney has actually given the film’s producers, including Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes), permission to pitch to other studios. Potential homes include Paramount and Netflix, which currently has a production deal with Reeves. Therefore, there is hope.
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.
I love a technicality, and technically, Anastasia has become a Disney princess. On Thursday, Disney announced it had struck a deal to acquire Fox for $52.4 billion. Following the deal, most people have focused on the steps towards a Disney monopoly like no other: the merger means all the characters within the pages of Marvel Comics are finally under one cinematic roof. The merger also means that Anastasia, the heroine from the 1997 film of the same name, is officially a Disney princess.
Despite always feeling like she should be a Disney princess, the movie came out of 20th Century Fox’s animation studios and could never really be on your list of favorite princesses, until now. I’m psyched to add her to my list of favorites, but the issue now is exactly where on that list she’ll land. She’s kind of a badass, you know.
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My favorite Disney princess has always been Mulan, but with this news, I’m not sure how solid that ranking is. Mulan and Anastasia have a lot in common, they’re two of the earliest examples of self-sufficient princesses who seek out their own adventures rather than just search for a prince to marry or stumble into trouble and expect a man to save them. These are the princesses that paved the way for stories with strong role models like Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, or Moana.
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If you’re still on the fence, let’s talk about our newest Disney prince, Dimitri. As a child, he selflessly saves Anastasia and her grandmother. As an adult, he’s a con man with a heart of gold who looks damn good in a tux and can waltz with the best of them. Oh yeah, and did I mention he was voiced by John Cusack? Oops, probably should’ve mentioned that first.
And then there’s the villain of the story – Rasputin! He’s such a creep in such a lovely, historically accurate way.
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Seriously, this movie should be working its way to the top of your list, if it isn’t already.
Numbers are weird, abstract things. Nowhere is the frailty of human communication clearer than when discussing numbers, especially when those numbers are stupidly large. For example, one million. That’s a big number. A bigger number, a much bigger number, is sixty billion. That’s what Disney is reportedly about to pay to purchase assets from 21st Century Fox, according to CNBC. $60 billion. This could be announced as soon as early next week.
So assets here refers to a big portion of Fox’s entertainment presence. Specifically, these would include Fox’s film studio, TV channels FX and Nat Geo, as well as stakes in Sky and Hulu. $60 billion. Fox is looking to sell off its movie and television assets, but will retain its news, sports, and broadcasting stations.
This acquisition would have pretty major implications for the entertainment industry. Many are happy, but some are concerned that this would limit consumers’ choices. Some fear Disney will subdue 21st Century Fox’s recent risk-taking (e.g. R-rated comic book movies like Deadpool and Logan). Also, it’s another purchase for Disney, moving them one space closer to calling, “Monopoly!” and winning the game.
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For book lovers, though, it means these properties (and, presumably, their corresponding franchises) would move over to Disney:
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Murder on the Orient Express
Because of Winn-Dixie
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
These are some of the major franchises Disney could soon be claiming. Some make total sense for Disney’s brand, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. For one, it’s a charming kids story; secondly, it makes insane amounts of money.
Acquiring X-Men and Fantastic Four could also signal their return home to Marvel. Theoretically, this could allow us to see Wolverine pulverizing Captain America down the line, or Wolverine pulverizing Iron Man, or Wolverine pulverizing the rest of the Avengers. It could also mean Disney will allow the existing staff of Fox’s film studio to maintain creative control. This would hypothetically keep the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises separate from their friends over in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (where the Avengers live).
Oh well. Let’s see what happens. Many things are unclear. What is clear is that Disney will soon hold the rights to every property in existence, including, but not limited, to me, you, and everyone we know.