Disney kauft 20th Century Fox

Disney kauft Anteile und Firmen von 21st Century Fox, unter anderem 20th Century Fox, damit gehören Alien und die Fantastic Four und alles jetzt zur Mickey Mouse. Garfield-Filmrechte auch. Alles. I,Robot, Rocky, Die Hard, The Three Stooges, Predator, Planet of the Apes, A-Team, Machete. Hier 'ne Liste.

Im Gegenzug bekommt Robert Murdoch Disney-Aktien im Wert von $52.4 Millarden Dollar, was ihn zum größten alleinigen Aktienhalter macht. Der Deal betrifft nicht Fox News, dafür aber neben Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation ein paar Kabelsender, Sky und vor allem 20th Century Fox Television mit den Simpsons, M*A*S*H, X-Files, Futurama, Family Guy, 24, Firefly oder The Orville. Und damit hat Disney jetzt auch die Rechte an den Original Star Wars-Filmen und damit steht einem Release der Kinoversionen auch nichts mehr im Weg. (Pic by Arthony70100)

Zu den Politics hinter dem Deal schreibt Cory auf Boing Boing: Disney buys Fox in all-stock deal, making Rupert Murdoch the largest shareholder in the company

a political and ideological oligarch, someone who wants to use his money to change the world -- imagine Donald Trump, except with ambitions to shape nations, rather than making reality TV shows and building shitty skyscrapers and lying about how tall they are.

Disney, meanwhile, is another curiosity in of 21st century business -- on the one hand thoroughly financialized and acting like any other vehicle for converting accounting practices into dividends; on the other hand, publicly and internally beholden to high-profile artists whose political views are on display in the products the company makes.

[update] „In the 1998 episode “When You Dish Upon a Star,” Homer becomes the personal assistant to Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger after they leave Hollywood behind and move to Springfield. When Ron Howard comes to visit the actors, Homer pitches a time-tralveing robot movie. Later in the episode, Howard is seen pitching Homer’s script to 20th Century Fox, and the sign in front of the studio lot reads “a division of Walter Disney Co.” You can see the sign from the episode in the image [above].“

[update] Simpsons Executive Producer Matt Selman:

Variety: Why the Fox-Disney Deal Could be Bad for Movies

Fox boasts a number of top-shelf franchises, including the likes of “Avatar” and “X-Men,” which is likely a major reason that Disney is comfortable shelling out billions for access to its vaults. Yet, the studio also fields Oscar-bait such as “The Post,” and offers a robust slate of indie releases through its art house division Fox Searchlight. Will Disney really want to make “The Shape of Water,” an odd love story about a mute janitor and fish man? Even if that Fox Searchlight offering is a hit, it will be lucky to make what “Thor: Ragnarok” can pull in over the course of its opening day.

Disney CEO Bob Iger Says DEADPOOL Will Remain R-Rated

In a phone call with investors today, Iger reassured everyone that things would (probably) stay just as they are:

"(Deadpool) clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool. As long as we let the audiences know what's coming, we think we can manage that fine."

That's right, folks: if all goes according to plan, Deadpool will still be permitted to fuck while living under the Disney umbrella. Iger's comments almost seem to suggest the concept of an MCU division similar to the R-rated line of Marvel MAX comics, but that's entirely speculation on our part.