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‘The Big Sick’s’ Kumail Nanjiani to Star in Simon Rich’s ‘Any Person, Living or Dead’

Kumail Nanjiani, star of The Big Sick has been announced to star in an adaptation of Simon Rich’s short story “Any Person, Living Or Dead”according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Legendary Entertainment will be adapting the project, with Simon Rich himself writing the screenplay and Jonathan Krisel, whose previous projects include Portlandia.  The story was recently published in Rich’s collection of short stories titled Hits and Misses.

 

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The short story tells the tale of a man seeking to cure all of humanity’s problems, so he uses a time machine to travel through the centuries to collect brilliant minds to put their heads together to do so, such as Shakespeare, George Washington, and Aristotle. Unfortunately, the man underestimates the different values the men actually held, such as loose attitudes toward racism and violence, make them flawed and he has to stop them from damaging the future.

This looks like a fascinating story to adapt and we can’t wait to see Nanjiani again on the big screen!

 

 

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Disney Officially Owns X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool!

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.

Mickey Mouse stands surrounded by characters the Disney Corp. now owns, such as Iron Man, Deadpool, Wolverine, and one of the blue cat people from Avatar.

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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.

 

 

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